Bagamoyo Town

Bagamoyo Town

The town of Bagamoyo is home to world-class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage 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. Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups, including the Wakwere, Wazaramo, and Wazigua. Different cultures, including people of Arab descent, coexist in Bagamoyo, making the town a peaceful and friendly place for visitors worldwide.

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 traveling 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 center for their activities.

Bagamoyo is a quiet village with a few German colonial buildings still standing. In the past, the town of Bagamoyo 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 traveled on foot from Lake Tanganyika. Once the trains reached Bagamoyo, the slaves and ivory were shipped by dhow to Zanzibar, where they were dispatched worldwide. These days, Bagamoyo is a center of dhow building in the region and along the Tanzanian Coast.

Getting there

Bagamoyo located 75 kms North of Dar-es-salaam, a 1-1.5 hours drive. One can catch daily buses commuting between Dar-es-Salaam Mwenge local bus station and Bagamoyo Town.