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The town of Bagamoyo is a home to world class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with rich cultural heritage waiting 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 town making the town a peaceful and friendly place for visitors from all over the world.
The Bagamoyo town 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. Missionaries active in abolishing the slave trade made Bagamoyo, whose name means ‘bury my heart’ in Kiswahili, a centre for their activities.
Bagamoyo town 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 travelled on foot all the way from Lake Tanganyika. Once the caravans reached Bagamoyo, the slaves and ivory were shipped by dhow to Zanzibar, where they were then dispatched all over the world. These days, Bagamoyo is a centre of dhow building in the region and along the Tanzanian Coast.
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When the weather is good, these outdoor experiences are hard to resist:
- Bagamoyo & Ruins Full-Day Tour
- WESTERN TANZANIA EXPERIENCE
- 3Days /2Nights , Ngorongoro , L Manyara
- Magoroto forest 3 days tour
Many airlines have flights to Dar es Salaam International Airport (See below). From the airport to Bagamoyo it is roughly 1 – 2 hours drive by car, depending on the time of day and the traffic. Moyo Mmoja Guesthouse can arrange for a pick-up at the airport at a fixed price. Other means of transportation is regular Taxi (prices depends on negotiation), or regular daladala – local minibuses.
We can help arrange for transport from Dar es Salaam. We do not have our own car service but if given a notice well in advance we can help you to arrange transport from Dar airport, harbour or Ubungu bus terminal. The trip is secure, the driver knows where to go and the price is more or less the same as regular Taxi.
The months of June through October are a great time to visit because this is the dry season when rainfall is almost non-existent. At this time, the skies are clear and the waters of the sea are a stunning sapphire blue with contrasting azure. This is the best time for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. If you visit Bagamoyo from March to May, you will experience the tropical monsoons. This is the spell of the long rains while the short rains fall in November and December. January and February are hot, humid months with sporadic showers and lots of sunshine too. June to September are the cooler months Coastal accommodations lower their prices during these two wet seasons.
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