Bagamoyo (Former Capital of Tanganyika)
Bagamoyo is a historic coastal town in Tanzania, located approximately 75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam. It holds great significance in Tanzanian history and was once the capital of Tanganyika, the former name of mainland Tanzania, during the German colonial period.
Bagamoyo’s history dates back to the 18th century when it served as a prosperous trading port, attracting Arab and Swahili traders. Later, in the 19th century, it became a significant center for the slave trade, with thousands of slaves passing through the town. The remnants of this dark period can still be seen in the form of slave markets, monuments, and museums dedicated to preserving and educating about the slave trade.
In addition to its historical significance, Bagamoyo is known for its cultural heritage. The town is home to several architectural gems, including the Old Fort, which was built by the Arab traders in the late 18th century. The Kaole Ruins, located just outside Bagamoyo, are the remains of an ancient Swahili settlement and serve as a testament to the region’s rich history.
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At 9:00 AM, depart from Dar es Salaam city center to Bagamoyo. Bagamoyo has played various historical roles in Tanzania. Apart from being a slave and ivory port, it was also the capital of German East Africa from the late 19th century until the end of World War I.
Explorers such as Burton, Speke, Grant, Livingstone and Stanley all passed through this town. The name Bagamoyo comes from the Swahili words “bwaga moyo”, meaning “to throw down your heart”, a despair expressed by people who were captured as slaves, knowing that they faced an uncertain future.
On arrival, visit the Kaole Ruins, ruins of the Shirazi trade town (13th-17th century), Old ferry on the mighty Wami River. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Bagamoyo. (Visit the Bagamoyo School of Arts for a Ngoma (traditional dance) session may be arranged upon prior notice. Extra cost applies). The tour ends in Dar es Salaam city centre around 5:30 PM.