Historic site on the east coast of Tanzania
Bagamoyo is art, culture and a fascinating history.
The town lies on the beautiful coast of Tanzania, north of Dar es Salaam.
- Surface 5 km2
- Inhabitants 30.000
- spring rain season April & May
- fall rain season November
The town of Bagamoyo – nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – was once an important trading port and the capital of German East Africa. It was the stopover for the slave and ivory caravans who travelled from Lake Tanganyika to Zanzibar.
Culture and products in Bagamoyo
Strolling through the narrow, unpaved streets of Bagamoyo takes you back to the mid 19th century.
Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups, including the Wakwere, Wazaramo and Wazigua. The different cultures, including people of Arab origin, all live together in harmony in Bagamoyo, making the town a peaceful and friendly place for visitors from all over the world.
Nowadays, the dhow boats for the region are manufactured in Bagamoyo.
The stunning coastline around Bagamoyo is full of waterfowl and mangrove ecosystems. There are still deserted stretches of beaches nearby.
Lazy Lagoon Island, just outside Bagamoyo, is a unique location for snorkeling.
Climate & seasons
Bagamoyo has a tropical climate and is a wonderful destination all year round.
April and May:
There’s a higher chance of rain. This means mainly a tropical shower in the morning and sometimes at night. The temperatures are pleasant.
June to October:
In Bagamoyo this is the “cool” period. The temperature is pleasant. The temperature varies from 25 to 35 degrees.
November to December:
Precipitation varies. Temperatures slightly rise.
December to February:
This is the hottest period of the year.
1. The name Bagamoyo means ‘bury my heart’ in Kiswahili. The city is also called Mji Mkongwe – Stone City.
2. From 1887 to 1891, Bagamoyo was the capital of German East Africa. In 1888 this was the center of the Abushiri uprising, the first major uprising against colonial rule.
3. Many European explorers, including Richard Burton, Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone, started and ended their journeys in Bagamoyo.
4. The annual highlight is the Bagamoyo Arts Festival, and takes place around the end of September and beginning of October. The festival involves traditional dance, drum and acrobatics. A good way to meet starting artists and artists.
5. From Bagamoyo, slaves and ivory were shipped by Dhow to Zanzibar Island, where they were then shipped all over the world.
6. In 1868, French missionaries founded Freedom Village in Bagamoyo as a hiding place for redeemed slaves. For the remainder of the century, this city served as an intermediate station for missionaries travelling from the island of Zanzibar to the interior.
Bagamoyo, built in the late 18th century, with many colonial buildings, was once one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast.
Bagamoyo is now known for its art, culture and fascinating history.
Animals in the area
There are no wild animals in Bagamoyo itself, just the usual pets and birds.
You can, however, go snorkelling and diving in the near area or visit the Saadani National Park.
Accommodation in Bagamoyo
On the coast – near Bagamoyo – lies on a beautiful pristine beach, a home away from home.