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Bagamoyo Town Tour

Bagamoyo lays 75kms north of Dar es Salaam. It was the first point of the slave caravan courses and also the end of the white missionaries. Whilst in Bagamoyo, stop at Kaole Ruins (dating back to the former part of the 15th century), and the initial Roman Catholic Church in Tanganyika assembled by the Germans in the 1880's. Also visit the museum which caters many historical artifacts. There is also a marvelous beach where you can swim and take pleasure in a picnic lunch.

Places to visit:
Kaole ruins:The oldest ruins of an Islamic, stemming from the 13th century, a few km south of Bagamoyo near Kaole, possibly the oldest mosque on mainland of East Africa at all.
The second Fathers€™ House in Bagamoyo, constructed close to the Mother of all Churches in East Africa, has also fallen victim to the corrosive effects of the coast region’s relentlessly humid climate. Its ground floor was built in 1873, the first floor in 1877 and the second floor in 1903.

Boma: Built in 1895-1897 as residence and offices for the German colonial governor. In 1998 the roof collapsed and pulled the balcony down during the El Nino rains. The building is up to now fascinating but highly in danger.

Chuo cha Sanaa. (College of Arts): Is the only major arts college in the Tanzania, teaching various fields: dancing, music, drama and painting. It is situated along the Kaole road, close to Kaole ruins. During the weekends student give free performances allowing visitors to acquaint themselves with traditional dances.

Bagamoyo Museum: It is a small museum, which displays Bagamoyo history in relation to its contact with foreigners. It has old photographs, documents and relics from slave trade. On the same compound there is a small chapel know as Anglican church of Holly Cross. The church is famous for being a place where the remains of David Livingstone were laid before taken to Zanzibar en route to Westminster abbey for burial.b

Dar es Salaam city Tour

Dar es Salaam is an enticing mix of sight –seeing, shopping and entertainment, the largest city in Tanzania reflects a fascinating blend of its rich historical past and its and its sophisticated contemporary present. Dar es Salaam which means “Haven of Peace in Arabic” Over the last century Dar es Salaam has grown from a fishing village into one of the outstanding coastal capitals of the world. The beaches are amazing and pristine with an African character. You can start your day by seeing the attractions of Dar es Salaam.
Sights visited include: 

Askari Monument:
A statue erected in memory of soldiers who fell during the first world war,

Mnazi Moja Park:
This is near Jamhuri and Uhuru Streets. On one side is seen the Uhuru Torch Monument, erected to symbolize the Freedom Torch placed on the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro upon Tanzania's attainment of Independence. On the other side of the park is the Republic Fountain which commemorated the foundation of the republic in 1962.

The University is superbly laid out amidst lawns and gardens on the Ubungo Observation Hill, some 14 kms away from the city. The hill offers magnificent open view of Dar es Salaam city. The main campus area is built on three low hills, well-wooded with cashew nut trees.

Local craftsmen can be seen at work as they carve traditional wooden carvings - an excellent stop for souvenirs.

Village Museum:
This is 10 kms along Bagamoyo Road and has a collection of authentically constructed traditional houses of various Tanzanian tribes. It displays several distinct architectural styles with building materials ranging from sand, grass and poles to mud and rock. Villagers demonstrate their ancient skills of carving and weaving and offer their products for sale.

Tinga Tinga:
Tinga Tinga Centre is a house of arts where local painters portray their skills in the local 'tinga tinga' art from. Sometimes referred to as crazy art, due to the very bright color schemes and distorted figures of reality. At the Tinga Tinga centers guests will be able to see painters at work, and will have ample opportunity to purchase various souvenirs and household utilities that have been painted in Tinga Tinga style e.g. letter openers, trays, name plates, cup holders, key chains, as well as actual paintings on canvas.

National Museum:
The outstanding attraction is the Hall of Man where Dr. Leakey's finds from Olduvai Gorge including the skull of Nutcracker Man (Zinjanthropus bosei) and other human fossils are displayed. The stages of man's development over the last 10 million years are clearly traced and illustrated. The museum offers an outstanding ethnographic collection of tribal ornaments, head-dresses, witchcraft paraphernalia and traditional musical instruments collected from various regions in Tanzania.

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