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 regionâs 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