Bagamoyo – Historical Town
The town of Bagamoyo is home to world-class Historical sites with rich cultural heritage waiting for you to explore. This town was once a most important trading port along the East African Coast and a German East Africa Capital.
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.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BAGAMOYO
The remains of a 13th-century mosque are the oldest ruins of an Islamic mosque in the region, also one of the oldest in East Africa.
Caravan Serai Museum
This undistinguished museum has a small display documenting the slave trade.
German Boma “Germany State House”
Built-in 1897 during the German colonies, it served as the colonial administrative headquarters of the first capital of German East Africa and the residence of the German colonial administrator.
The Ancient Church in East Africa
Built in 1872, according to reports, it is the most ancient church in East Africa. On 24th February 1874, the porters brought the body of Dr Livingstone, a famous British explorer and missionary, after a journey of 1500kms from Ujiji-Tabora.
With its crumbling German-era colonial buildings, central Bagamoyo is well worth exploration. The most exciting area is along Ocean Rd.