The city of Bagamoyo was founded in the late 18th century. It was
the capital of East Africa for the Germans.
It was one of the most important commercial ports on the East African coast and the penultimate stop for slave groups and for the ivory trade and then toward Zanzibar.
Today the city has about 30 thousand inhabitants and is the capital of the district of Bagamoyo, recently considered as a world heritage site.
Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups, including the Wakwere,
the Wazaramo and the Wazigua.
Different cultures, including people with Arab lineage, coexist in Bagamoyo making the city a quiet and welcoming place for visitors from all over the world.
Today, Bagamoyo is a dhow building center in the region and also along the Tanzanian coast.
Peculiarities of the city of Bagamoyo:
- it is one of the most important commercial hubs in Tanzania since the end of the 19th century;
- it was one of the focal areas for the slave trade;
- it was the starting point for the explorers and merchants who wanted to leave for black Africa, as the famous explorers did such as Livingstone, Richard Burton, John Speke and Henry Morton Stanley who passed through this area;
- the beaches of Pristine are excellent for snorkeling and relaxation;
- the ruins of Kaole, which date back to the 13th century, are a cultural and historical destination;
- we recommend visiting the Bagamoyo Art and Culture Center to get in touch with local culture and local habits.
What to do
Cultural tourism, museums and monuments, volunteering, daily excursions (day trips).
Located 75 km north of Dar es Salaam; covers an area of 320 km² and overlooks the Indian Ocean.
You can arrive by car from Dar es Salaam (60/90 minutes), or you can take a bus between the local bus station in Dar es Salaam and Mwenge.
When to go
The climate is mostly hot and humid with seasonal rains.
The hottest period is from November to February with temperatures reaching 31°C on average.
The season of the Great Rains is from April to May, while that of the Little Rains is from October to November.
Where to stay
There are several hotels, resorts, hostels, guest houses and campsites both inside and around the city of Bagamoyo.