Our Cultural Towns and Cities

Don't miss the treasures our towns and cities hold!

In addition to a wealth of stunning natural attractions, Tanzania’s towns and cities make vibrant and fascinating stops, with plenty to see and do.

Many of Tanzania’s coastal cities were founded as port towns from which valuable goods were transported across Indian Ocean by sailing dhow. On the mainland, many inland towns were important rest stops for trade caravans on their way to central Africa or Lake Victoria, or returning back to the East African coast. In the northern highlands, a number of small towns were founded by the Germans as centers of colonial administration and agriculture. Today Tanzania’s towns and cities still specialize in trade and agriculture and are centers of economic activity in their regions. Besides their obvious importance for the country’s local economy, the towns and cities of Tanzania have many historical and cultural sites of interest to visitors.

Arusha Dar-es-Salaam Bagamoyo Dodoma Iringa Kigoma Mbeya Moshi Mwanza Pangani Tabora


Located in the northern highlands of Tanzania, beneath the twin peaks of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Arusha is the safari capital of the country.


These days Bagamoyo is a center for dhow sail boat building on the Tanzanian coast, but has a history of the slave trade.


Dar-es-Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and its economic capital. Located in quiet bay of Indian Ocean coast, the city has grown in economic importance to become a prosperous center in East African region.


The bustling town of Kigoma is the regional capital of western Tanzania and a center port in the area. The town makes good overland base for visits and chimpanzee safaris to both Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park.


Nestled at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, Moshi is the coffee-producing center of the country. But the main reason visitors come to Moshi is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.


The city of Mwanza is a major Tanzanian port on Lake Victoria and a center of economic importance in the region. For visitors, the city makes a good base from which to explore nearby Rubondo Island National Park and the western parts of the Serengeti.


Once center of Swahili trade with the African mainland, the town of Pangani is now a sleepy backwater.


Other cities of interest