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Visit  Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Lying on the coast of the Indian Ocean close to the Island of Zanzibar and with a fascinating history and proximity to Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo is a picturesque town that promises an unforgettable holiday experience.

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​Why Visit Bagamoyo?

  • Historic ruins and museums: A tour of Kaole ruins will leave you in awe of the beautiful history of the town. Beyond the ruins, you can go closer to nature and enjoy the fresh air. Explore the museum to get a glimpse of the history, life of the people and some art collections.
  • Coral Reefs and Waterfront Living: Owing to its sea location, water-life here is endless. Listen to stories about local beliefs on coral reefs at Mwambakuni coral reef. A visit to the crocodile farm will see you learning about the wild predators. An evening or morning boat tour to Mapopo Island leads to the habitat of thousands of bats. Cruise Ruvu River and behold the wildlife it holds. Enjoy a fishing expedition with the experienced locals.
  • Beautiful Swahili Culture: Bagamoyo allows you explore the beautiful Swahili culture ranging from its weddings to cultural celebrations and events, music, dance, food, and games. Learn about coastal community living when you visit a local home in Bagamoyo. A visit to the town is incomplete without the traditional Swahili massage.

Bagamoyo is an old East African trade port which is located about 70km north of Dar es Salaam. The coastal town was the main trading ports along the East African coast and was once the capital of German East Africa. The town is easily accessible and walkable, but for longer distances, you can take a motorcycle or taxi around.

Best time to visit

Given its pleasant climate, it’s always a good time to visit Bagamoyo. A great time to visit the town is from June to October because this is the dry season and a popular time for sunbathing and swimming.

Sights and sounds

History & Architecture

With a few German colonial buildings still standing, Bagamoyo is home to historical sites with a rich cultural heritage you would want to explore. Tour the town enclosed by old buildings of the previous generation, beautiful Arab architecture with thick walls of earth filled with well-carved thick African hardwood door. Wander around Old German Boma, a very impressive building and landmark in Bagamoyo.

Markets & Culture

Take a walk through the narrow streets between Old buildings of Bagamoyo Stone town and explore a wide range of attractions such as the German Colonial Administration, Art market, and Old post office, Old Mosques, Hanging tower, Caravan Serai Museum and fish market.

Ocean Views

Discover the scenery of the Indian Ocean and the dhow harbour nearby. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the fishermen working on their boats when the tide is high. Take a stroll along the beach to see how the locals build boats at the Dhow sailboat building centre


Dining and Dietary Considerations

Bagamoyo offers food rich in spice and love that will make you nostalgic. Chapati with vegetables is an excellent start for tourists. You can even get to participate in cooking Swahili dishes with local Swahili women of Kaole village.

Owing to its sea location, many restaurants in the town serves a good selection of tasty seafood grills and meat, we recommend Nashe’s Cafe and Funky Squids Beach Bar & Grill.

Poa Poa is a great spot for light meals and snacks; Coffees, spiced tea, milkshakes, chapati wraps, pizza and local-style meals are among other offerings.

Religious and Cultural considerations

Religious beliefs are not so much varied in Bagamoyo as the dominant religion is Islam. More than 90% of the population are Muslims.

A weak presence is felt from the churches in this area. Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups including people of Arab descent, but the Swahili culture dominates in the town.


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  1. Bagamoyo was the first capital ofTanzania
  2. The town was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast
  3. China is investing 10 billion US dollars to make Bagamoyo the most important port in Africa by 2017

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