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Tuesday, 01 March 2016

Destination Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Page 3

Written by Meredith Chait
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Askari Monument is in downtown Dar es Salaam and is a must-see for history buffs. 

 

Askari Monument 

Makumbusho Village Museum has about 20 different styles of houses found in Tanzania. This outdoor museum is a definite must-see. 

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Makumbusho Village Museum House

University of Dar es Salaam is a nice oasis within Dar es Salaam with hills and grass. However, skip the University unless you want to see a building that is on one of the Tanzanian Shilling notes. 

Tazara Train Station is still used today. The trains run to and from Zambia. It was built to help the land-locked country of Zambia. It is worth going to see it. It is large and appears out of nowhere in the flat city. 

White Fathers’ Mission House, Missionaries of Africa can be skipped, especially if you visit Zanzibar. This building is in the same style as buildings in Zanzibar. The old post office is right next door to it. The post office can also be skipped. There is nothing special about it. 

 

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Transportation 

Traffic is frequent. A person could easily sit in a car, not moving, for an hour. Buses and other vehicles use the sidewalks at times to get around traffic. 

A bajaj is basically a rickshaw but with a scooter instead of a bike. It is more dangerous than buses or taxis. But, it is cheaper, can get around the traffic easier, and is more fun to ride in. 

While Bajaj, or bajaji as they are called, are exciting to ride in, buses (or dala-dala) are the best transportation to take if you can. They are a bit confusing to figure out the routes, but you can experience and learn a lot about the culture of Dar. Plus, they are much cheaper than any other form of transportation. For example, a dala-dala is 300 Tanzania Shilling (TSH), a bajaji is 5,000-10,000 TSH and a taxi is 10,000-15,000 TSH depending on how good your negotiating skills are. The buses have a beginning point and an end point. However, sometimes the route they take to get to the last stop changes. If there is bad traffic, the bus will use a different road to get to the final destination. 

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Bajaj

The motorcycles (Pikipiki in Swahili) that people ride on the back of are dangerous. But, they are an option to take if traffic on every street is at a standstill. The pikipikis drive in-between the cars. 

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