The Old City of Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo

This explains the meaning of the word Bagamoyo ("Bwaga-Moyo") which means "Lay down your Heart" in Swahili.

Bagamoyo

At the end of the 18th century Bagamoyo was founded. It is an extension of the much older settlement Kaole from the 8th century. Bagamoyo was even once the capital of German East Africa and one of the most important trading ports on the East African coast. being important station in the caravan trade meaning relief and rest. Until the 18th century, it was a small trading center where the majority of the population were fishermen and farmers. In the Kaole ruins are the remains of two mosques and 30 graves from the 13th century. Around the 17th century the settlement began to grow 2-3 miles north of Kaole. This area grew in prosperity in the 18th century.

Things to do at Bagamoyo trip!

Bagamoyo town: With its cobwebbed portals and crumbling German-era colonial buildings, central Bagamoyo is well worth exploration. The most interesting area is along Ocean Rd where you’ll find the old German boma, built in 1897, and Liku House, which served as the German administrative headquarters. On the beach is the German customs house (1895). At Bagamoyo’s port you can watch boat builders at work and a busy fish market. Further south is the mid-19th-century Old Fort. Kaole Ruins: Just southeast of Bagamoyo are these atmospheric ruins. At their centre are the remains of a 13th-century mosque, which is one of the oldest in mainland Tanzania and also one of the oldest in East Africa. It was built in the days when the Sultan of Kilwa held sway over coastal trade, and long before Bagamoyo had assumed any significance. Nearby is a second mosque, dating from the 15th century, and about 22 graves, many dating from the same period. College of Art: Located about 500m southeast of Bagamoyo along the road to Dar es Salaam is this renowned theatre and arts college, home of the national dance company. When school is in session there are occasional performances, and it’s usually possible to arrange drumming or dancing lessons. The annual highlight is the Bagamoyo Arts Festival, usually held around late September or October. Catholic Museum: About 2km northwest of town is the Catholic mission and museum, one of Bagamoyo’s highlights, with well-labelled displays from Bagamoyo’s heyday. In the same compound is the chapel where Livingstone’s body was laid before being taken to Zanzibar Town en route to Westminster Abbey. Caravan Serai Museum: This museum at Bagamoyo has a small display documenting the slave trade.

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Trip Itinerary

8:00 / 9:00 AM drive from Dar es salaam
This private guided one day tour can begin at 8 or 9:00 AM . Meet your well-trained guide and driver as you board your luxury car drive to bagamoyo

Tour Pricing

1 - 2 People
price per day
120/person
3 - 4 People
price per day
80/person
5 - 7 people
price per day
50/person

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Amazing Tour! Great food, sights and awesome guides. We had an awesome time. We were a large group, but easily accommodated by In Africa Stay. The atmosphere was amazing, the weather was perfect, and the sights were beautiful.
Sally Smith
October 2021
The company was recommended to us by a friend, and now I can see why! It was certainly one of the highlights of our vacation. The guides were all very friendly, experienced, and professional which made it a real treat.
Doug Martin
September 2021
I was visiting Tanzania with my family, most of whom had never been to Africa before, and we thought a safari tour would be a good idea - we're sure glad that we did! The experienced guides made sure that the whole day went smoothly, and luckily for us the weather was great. Highly recommended!
Gary Jones
July 2021

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