Bagamoyo was the major slave trading post in East Africa. The
name is derived in a Swahili language, which means "lay
down your heart", was probably given this name because
Bagamoyo was the last place that the slaves would stay in Tanzania
before being shipped off to foreign lands. The town is 80 kilometers
north of the Dar-es-Salaam city and is not a busy port anymore
instead it has been a tour place for students studying history,
humanitarian and others.
Area of Interest
The Kaole Ruins:
Arabs were the first Nation to be in Bagamoyo around the Thirteenth
Century followed by the Germans. South of Bagamoyo is KAOLE
RUINS where by Arabs built two Mosques and several tombs
as an operation to spread their Muslim religion. All the architecture
in Kaole are built in Coral stone.
Art College: The college accomodates students from all
over the world to came and learn African culture especially Tanzanian
culture. Traditional Tanzanian sculpture, carving and painting
are some of them. Arrangement for traditional dance at the college
during the tours is possible.
Bagamoyo was the capital of Tanzania during the German colonial
rule. Due to the fact that most of administrative activities done
by these colonial rulers were not good, the indigenous use to
resist. Upon visiting Bagamoyo you will have some time to visiting
the hanging places used by Germans in the late 18th century.
The Roman Catholic Mission:
It was built in the late Eighteenth Century by the German colonial
rule under the operation of spreading the Christianity, it is
the Oldest Roman Catholic Church in East and Central Africa. The
oldest historical story was to store the body of the famous Missionary
Dr. Livingstone's in the Church before taken for burial ceremony
in England in the year 1874.