The fish market in Dar es Salaam is the focal point of the coastal commercial fishery. Several years ago as part of an aid package the Japanese government built the structures. It is a big operation with five large open air buildings, one containing kitchens where food is prepared to feed the workers in the market, one where much of the fish is laid out for sale, one building where fish is cleaned, one where there is an ongoing auction of fish to street vendors, and another building where fish is cooked in oil for sale on the street or in other smaller markets.
Kivukoni Fish Market is housed in a new structure on Dar es Salaam’s seafront. Boats deliver their catch at dawn directly to the market, voice clamour for the best prices, and fish flash flies upon contact with sharp knives. The sent is overwhelming, but for vivacity and action, this is the place to be. The best place to buy fresh red snapper, Lobster, prawn, squid, barracuda and shell fish
Azania Front- Built in 1890’s originally was the office of the German Governor. Now it is know as High Court.
German missionaries built Azania Front Lutheran Church in 1898. The red-tile belfry rises above the surrounding rooftops and the whitewashed building is still a recognizable landmark in Dar es Salaam. The tiled canopies over the windows provide shade and the gardens are a welcome retreat for weary tourists. The front entrance faces the harbor. At one time Azania was the center of the original 19th C German mission; it is now the cathedral for the diocese.
This was built by Sultan Sayyid Majid in 1866 for his Wives and Quarters for official and fort.
The harbour contains heavy ocean-going liners as well as traditional dhows, fishing boats and high-speed ferries to Zanzibar. You will find almost constant activity near the harbour, a virtual city within a city. It is an irresistible view of dhows, as traditionally rigged as they have been for centuries, slipping under the bows of huge cruise liners and cargo ships as they skillfully navigate the waters of the port.
This beautiful main market has an interesting local colour and diversity of people as well as exotic fruits, fresh fish, food products, handicrafts, local textile material and many other locally made products. The market’s colour, charm and character makes it a must for every visitor. The market is VERY crowded and for some the smells and noises can be overwhelming. DO NOT bring any valuables and only bring a small amount of money that you wish to spend, as petty thefts are common.