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Located next to the fascinating Tanzania National Museum, Dar es Salaam's Botanic Gardens offer the perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet and to examine the country's colourful native flora. Wander among purple bougainvillea, blue jacaranda, scarlet flame trees and red hibiscus. As well as the indiginous plants and flowers, this is one of the few places in the world where you can see the coco-de-mer palm tree, native to the Seychelles.
Kariakoo Market is the largest of its kind in East Africa, and indeed it stretches for many blocks in the Kariakoo area. It's here that locals haggle over the price of freshly-caught fish, stock up on food and browse stalls selling electrical goods, handicrafts, local textiles and strange items such as dried lizards and medicinal sea shells. Enjoy the friendly hustle and bustle of this daily ritual, but leave your valuables at home.
Mwenge Crafts Market
Where:Mwenge Crafts Market
Over by the attractive university campus, the Mwenge Crafts Market is a great place to get hold of traditional carvings by the Makonde tribe, who are justly famous for their representations of people and animals.