Dar es Salaam Shopping
Shopping in Dar es Salaam is a bargain hunter''s dream. Haggling
is the norm here and tourists can find themselves walking away with
some fantastic gifts and souvenirs to take home for a great price.
A must is the Kariakoo Market, which is a bustling and chaotic
tangle of stalls and people. Popular tourist buys in these markets
are kangas (or khangas), which are colourful, sarong-like pieces of
cloth with Swahili sayings printed on them. Another popular buy are
tinga-tingas (local Tanzanian paintings).
The Mwenge Carvers'' Market is a great place to find handmade
crafts and carvings, and every other touristy souvenir. The Ilala
Market has a bemusing array of second-hand items along with a good
selection of locally-made jewellery. Local markets are fun and
fascinating, but also tend to be crowded and claustrophobic, and
rife with pickpockets. It is best not to carry large amounts of
cash or valuables.
One of the most popular buys in this exotic land is the highly
sought after, valuable and extremely beautiful blue Tanzanite.
Jewellery with this precious gemstone fetches a hefty price. Watch
out for fakes and buy only from reputable dealers. The rule of
thumb is the darker the stone, the more expensive it is.