Having started as small fishing village in the mid-19th century, Dar es Salaam is now Tanzania’s largest city, a hub for ex-pats and local citizens alike. With an average temperature of 30 degrees year round, and South African Airways flying twice daily from Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam is growing in popularity as the gateway to African safari trips and the breath-taking island getaway of Zanzibar. Although more popular destinations include the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam has a lot to offer in its own right, and Yasmine Haji will stop at nothing to make her home country a number 1 African destination.

Zar Ni Gar boutique will open its doors this year August, 2012 on the first floor of the new “Cape Town Fish Market”, an entertainment venue for ex-pats living in the region. A brain child of Yasmine Haji, fashion designer who has been until recently, living and working in London; Zar Ni Gar will stock her own designs, LoveWaterLove swimwear, and shoe collaboration with Doreen Mashika.

The next time you decide a beach holiday to show off your fabulous LoveWaterLove swimwear, try Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Yasmine offers some local insight into what’s hot…

Best Beach
“The best beaches are definitely the islands; take a boat from Slipway to get to Bongoyo island, and order fresh grilled fish and lobsters to enjoy under one of the bandas!”
Other islands that are recommended are Mbudya Island and Fungu Yasin (sand bank only reachable at full low tide)

Best Restaurant

CTFM for the best seafood and sushi
Ming Dynasty for Chinese
Zuane for Italian

Best Shopping
Simply Fresh Deli
The Green Room, at the Slipway

Recommended Hotels
The Hyatt
Southern Sun
Alexanders Boutique

Some tourist treats… “WonderWelders make weird and wonderful things by welding whatever they can get their hands on… On Sundays only when there is no traffic, take a spin in town and see the old buildings, the fish market, see the traditions and culture on the street. Have a fresh juice at Nima’s Confectionary (opposite Osman Towers) or Nazir Paan House or a banana split at Snocream (a blast from the past).”

Things to take home
Fabric bought in town
Flipflops from the Slipway
Local tea and coffees, spices,
& Tanzanite stone (much cheaper than abroad) from Benetton Gems at the SeaCliff.