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Early morning bargains at Mzizima Fish Market in Dar Es Salaam

These shots were taken on an early morning visit to the hustling bustling Mzizima Fish Market on Ocean Road in the heart of Dar Es Salaam.

The market is a great snippet of Tanzanian life with fishermen and house dadas (the word dada means sister in Kiswahili, but house dadas are what people call house workers, or people who look after houses) haggling at full volume over an unbelievable selection of fish and crustaceans.

We brought two very large, very snappy crabs (still snapping as you can see from the photo below) and a pile of huge tiger prawns.

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  1. wanders miles September 30, 2017

    Your photos are fabulous of the hustle and bustle of Kivukoni Fish Market, really stunning shots! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Travelquartz September 30, 2017

    Dar Es Salaam , saw in documentaries , nice pictures !

  3. ambujsaxena05 September 30, 2017

    I am not too good at negotiating and bargaining. So it’s nice to come across this post. Hope to get some tips and apply them successfully.

    • Ali Dunnell October 1, 2017

      I am dreadful at bargaining – I always pay way too much – but I hopefully try to walk away with some good photos or ideas for some paintings 🙂

  4. findworldsbeauty September 30, 2017

    Looks like a great fish market, certainly a good stop in Tanzania, thanks for sharing !

  5. lexieanimetravel October 1, 2017

    What a wonderful post, it reminds me of my days back in the Philippines, where you always need to be friendly to the salesman to get lower prices (hahah) technique revealed. Love those fresh seafood out from the buckets fishermen. One of those experience I would love to bring back.

    • Ali Dunnell October 1, 2017

      Thank you. Friendliness is pretty much the ticket into most things! The Philippines must have a fascinating place to visit – it’s on my list 🙂 Thanks fro stopping by my page and commenting too. Ali

  6. roamonurown October 1, 2017

    Although i am pure vegetarian, but i always like the hustle and bustle in fish market!! The way business happens in fish market is worth capturing! Varieties of fishes and bargaining over them is quite an exciting part 😛 Superb there!!

  7. Frank October 10, 2017

    wow, a lot of fishes over there, i wonder if there is many fishes kinds or just one kind ?, great post!

    • Ali Dunnell October 10, 2017

      Dar Es Salaam is well know for having an amazing selection of fish – and this market seems to sell everything! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  8. Page_Traveller November 4, 2017

    Great pictures! Would love to see Tanzania. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Amy Morgan November 6, 2017

    I love experiencing local markets, there’s always such an abundance of delicious goodies at them and those tiger prawns are MASSIVE!

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