Even though Dar es Salaam would never make our bucket list, a stop there on the way to the Ngorongoro Crater gave us an insight into Tanzania’s largest city.
Dar es Salaam is mainly a business and and government centre with manufacturing also playing an important part in the economy. The markets is for me, the heart and soul of a city so this is what we wanted to see.
Fishing has always been important to the people of Dar. The city was originally a fishing village so the Kivukoni fish markets was the first stop.
Unlike any other I had seen, the markets are a large conglomeration of tables that the fish had been strewn upon. Similar types of fish were on one table, different sized fish on another. Some were being auctioned, others sold. In another building, fish that had been bought were being cleaned and cooked.
On the beach, fisherman relaxed amongst their boats, their hard work over.
Later in the day, we were given a quick tour of the old part of the city, and stopped at the Kariakoo Market, the local produce market.
We wandered through the streets where everything from fruit and vegetables to sacks of rice and grains were being sold. Stalls selling home wares were popular as were the clothing stalls. There was even a place selling old jeans!
A quick visit but never the less it gave us an insight into another world….probably one I won’t be returning too in a hurry unless I’m off on safari in Tanzania again!
Do you enjoy visiting markets….wherever you are?
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