The town of Bagamoyo is a home to world class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with rich cultural heritage waiting you to explore.
This town was once a most important trading port along the East African Coast and a German East Africa Capital. Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups, including the Wakwere, Wazaramo and Wazigua. Different cultures including people of Arab descent coexist in Bagamoyo making the town a peaceful and friendly place for visitors from all over the world.
The town of Bagamoyo was one of the most important trading ports on the East African coast and the penultimate stop of slave and ivory caravans travelling on foot from Lake Tanganyika on their way to Zanzibar. Missionaries active in abolishing the slave trade made Bagamoyo, whose name means ‘bury my heart’ in Kiswahili, a centre for their activities.
Bagamoyo is a quiet village with a few German colonial buildings still standing. In the past, the town of Bagamoyo was one of the most important trading ports on the entire East African coast. Its port was the penultimate stop of slave and ivory caravans that travelled on foot all the way from Lake Tanganyika. Once the caravans reached Bagamoyo, the slaves and ivory were shipped by dhow to Zanzibar, where they were then dispatched all over the world. These days, Bagamoyo is a centre of dhow building in the region and along the Tanzanian Coast.
BAGAMOYO OFFERS HE FOLLOWING TOURS; • Bagamoyo Stone Town tour • Bagamoyo Biking tours • Kaole ruins tour • Crocodiles farm tour • Visits to Caravan serai Museum • Visits to Catholic Old church & Museum • Mangrove forest tour • Fish with local fishermen • Marine tours • Visit Ngome kongwe • Visit to the Old port • Fish market tour • The white sand beach • Explore Coral reef • Visit Slave prison • Visit Art market • Traditional Swahili Massage, • Hair braiding • Cultural celebrations and events • Swahili traditional weddings • Swahili music performances and Traditional dances • Swahili music band entertainments • Swahili traditional games
HALF DAY TOURS: Bagamoyo stone town tour (2-3 hours) Bagamoyo is surrounded by old buildings of the previous generation, beautiful Arab architecture with thick walls of Earth fitted with well-carved doors made of thick African hardwood. On your walk through narrow streets between Old buildings of Bagamoyo stone town you will visit the German Colonial Administrative block, Art market, Old post office, 1st Tanzania Primary School, Old Mosques, Hanging tower, Caravan Serai Museum and the fish market. On your walk along the Indian Ocean beach visit a centre for dhow sailboat building and get to know how local people builds boats.
Kaole ruins tour (1-3 hours) Kaole village formally known as ‘Pumbuji’ is one of the oldest villages that immigrants from Arabic countries choose as they landed on East Africa’s coast. The village has ruins dating back to 13th Century. It is in this village where Sultan of Oman preferred to settle and construct administrative and military headquarters. Today the ruins made-up of earth and corals and the Kaole Museum tells volumes of stories about Ivory trade, movement of traders, cruel slavery and the living culture of today’s Kaole people majority originating from Asia. Beyond the ruins, there is an old port surrounded by a Mangrove forest where one can go closer to nature and enjoy fresh air.
Bagamoyo Catholic Church & Museum tour You will visit the Old tower of the first Catholic Church in East Africa, one of the Oldest Baobab tree, Cemeteries (Catholic, German and Indian), Dr. Livingstone tower, Old Fathers’ house and the Cross at the beach. Explore the museum with information about the slave trade, missionaries, life of the people and some collections of artifacts of the indigenous tribes.
Mwambakuni coral reef tour (1-3 hours) On your marine experience explore Mwambakuni coral reef and listen to stories about local peoples beliefs on coral reefs and its uses
Crocodile Farm Tour (2-5 hours) Visit a crocodile farm and learn how these wild predators are kept. Get to know their social behaviors, growth, live capture techniques, feeding/hunting techniques and local uses of various products.
Mapopo Island Tour (2-5 hours) Take an evening or Morning boat tour to Mapopo Island where thousands of bats have inhabited the island. Get to know the bat’s life and ecological importance of these flying mammals.
Ruvu River cruising (2-3 hours) Take a boat ride to explore crocodiles, hippos and various birds along the Ruvu River that flows from the Uluguru Mountains and some parts of Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Get to know how locals fish in the rivers and various used of river water.
Fishing with local fishermen Experience (1-4 hours) Come and join a team of experienced village fishermen for a fishing experience. Do your best to fish what will be prepared for you during your lunch or dinner.
Learn how to prepare Swahili Traditional food Participate in cooking Swahili dishes with local Swahili Mamas of Kaole village.
Visit Bagamoyo College of Arts (1-2 hours) The Bagamoyo College of Arts (“Chuo cha Sanaa”) is an internationally famous arts college in Tanzania, teaching traditional Tanzanian painting, sculpture, drama, dancing and drumming. The college organizes monthly cultural events that people are freely invited to participate.
Local Home visits (1-2 hours) Visit to a local home where you will learn how coastal communities lives. Listen to stories and share your time with local people by engaging in various home chores/daily activities.
Full day & multiple day tours Various tours can be combined to explore Bagamoyo fully. Tour programmes can be tailored according to your time and budget. Extended tours to neighboring villages like Saadani and Mlingotini together with game drives in Saadani National Park can be organized on request. Saadani National Park is closest to Bagamoyo than any other town on the coast region.
Get an Opportunity to visit the art market, artists at work and learn how to do sculpture, fine art and Makonde Carving.
Where to stay There are several hotels/resorts, hostels, guest houses and camping sites within and around the town of Bagamoyo. Bagamoyo Cultural Tourism office can assist in booking or direct you to a number of recommended accommodation facilities on request.
Getting there Bagamoyo is located 75 kms North of Dar-es-salaam, 1-1.5 hours drive. One can catch daily buses commuting between Dar-es-Salaam Mwenge local bus station and Bagamoyo Town.