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Bagamoyo is a home to world class historical sites and one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites with rich cultural heritage.

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

Bagamoyo is a quiet village with few German colonial buildings still standing. In the past, the Bagamoyo town 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.

Main Attractions in Bagamoyo:

  • Kaole ruins
  • Caravan Serai Museum
  • German Boma
  • Ancient Church in East Africa
  • Bagamoyo Town
  • Crocodile Farm

Ancient Church in East Africa

The pioneering mission was established by the Fathers of the Holy Spirit and built in 1872, it is the most ancient church in East Africa, while the new church was built in 1910-14 while the new church built 1910-14. While has a great curiosity. It was here on 24th February 1874 that the porters brought the body of Dr. Livingstone,famous British explorer and missionary, after a journey of 1500kms from Ujiji Tabora. He was interred for a night at the Holy Ghost Mission;the Livingstone Tower, a part of the original church, is named in his honor.

Kaole Ruins

Oldest ruins of an Islamic mosque in the region, a few km South of Bagamoyo near Kaole, at their Centre are the remains of a 13th – century mosque, which is one of the oldest in Tanzania mainland and also in East Africa. It was built in the days when the Sultan of Kilwa held sway over coastal trade, and long before Bagamoyo had assumed any significance.

German Boma

The German colonies built this building to serve as the colonial administrative headquarters of the first capital of German East Africa and the residence of the German colonial administrator. It was built in 1897. This building also served as the regional administrative headquarters of the British colony. 

Crocodile Farm

The crocodile farm is 3km from Bagamoyo right on the road to kaole ruins, the crocodiles are in different ponds according to their age and growth. On your visit to the crocodile farm you’ll have a chance to get a close view to some huge crocodiles and even handle the baby crocodiles.

Caravan Serai Museum

This undistinguished museum has a small display documenting the slave trade. It was a resting place for the caravan porters from interiors who nicknamed the town Bwagamoyo – as the place where one’s heart came to rest and relax after a long and tiring journey.

Bagamoyo Town

Along the ocean you’ll find the old German Boma, built in the 1897 and Liku House which served as the German administartive headquaters. There’s also a school which dates to the late 19th Century.

On the beach is the BAgamoyo port where you’ll watch boat builders, a busy fish market and also the German Customs House. On the South is the mid – 19th century Old Fort but also the Nortwest are several small streets lined with carved doors.

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