In the east of Africa is Tanzania, a country with around 40 million inhabitants. The largest city, although no longer the capital, is Dar es Salaam, where you’ll find a real fusion of African, Arabian, Asian and European cultures.

The vast city is divided into four distinct areas: the town centre (a mixture of office buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs, parks and sports facilities); the peninsular (home to most of the diplomatic corps and expatriates, with good views of the sea and some restaurants, shops, hotels and the sailing club); coastal homes and resorts stretching 20-30 kilometres to the north and south of the city; and the remainder of the city (a mass of low-cost housing with three to four million people living close to the poverty line).

The change from socialism to a more capitalist-aligned government in the last 15 years and the influx of diplomats, large businesses and foreign aid donations has resulted in a gradual uplift of the local population, and the infrastructure and public facilities are improving each year. Power failures were once frequent but have now been replaced by just the occasional loss of power. Water and sewage remain high on the Government's list of priorities.