So this is what the NY Times had to say about Dar when it placed it 39th among the top 53 places to visit in the world in 2014.
“On the African coast, music thrives in a commercial capital.
Tanzania may be best known for the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro and the game-packed plains of the Serengeti, but the real pulse of the country is found in its largest city, Dar es Salaam. Read More
If NY has the ‘Statue of Liberty’ and Paris has the ‘Eiffel Tower’ then Dar es salaam, in Tanzania has the very famous and easily recognizable ‘Askari Monument.’ (askari= soldier). This was erected in honour of the African soldiers that fought during WW1. Apparently it’s also situated at a place that marks the exact centre of downtown Dar- cool! The ‘askari’s’ rifle also points towards the equally famous Dar es salaam Harbour.
In Swahili we commonly call the statue ‘Askari wa Mtutu’ (or maybe that’s just me, I don’t know! ‘mtutu’= barrel of a gun). The statue has been up since 1927 and I’m pretty certain it will continue to be for generations to come to keep reminding everyone of the brave soldiers that were our great grandfathers. So next time you are in Dar, be sure to look out for it, you can’t miss it! (Click here to read more).
Askari Monument then…
Askari Monument now…