Bagamoyo is a historic seaport city in eastern Tanzania situated close to the Zanzibar Island. Bagamoyo is one of the oldest cities in mainland Tanzania which was a trading port along the East African coast. The city of Bagamoyo, Tanzania, was founded towards the latter part of the 18th century and was the capital of German East Africa. The city's trade was mainly in goods such as fish, gum, and salts. Around 19th century, ivory and Slave trade became part of the main trading commodities in Bagamoyo. The town was the most important trading post on the east coast of Africa, and its history has been strongly influenced by Arab and Indian traders.
In mid-19th Century, French missionaries established Freedom Village for ransomed slaves. Throughout the century, the town became a pit-stop for explorers and missionaries from Zanzibar to mainland Tanzania.
Today, it has a population of around 300,000 and is under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The closest airport is on the nearby island of Zanzibar. Although it is a distance of 43km away, you will need to take a ferry and then a bus. On the other hand, Dar Es Salaam Airport is 76km away and flying here can cut down the travel time from the airport to Bagamoyo.
Although Swahili culture is predominant, Bagamoyo is one of Tanzania's most culturally diverse cities. The most popular attractions here include the Kaole Mosque ruins, which date back to the 12th century and the Crocodile Farm.
The internationally famous arts college, the Bagamoyo College of Arts is known for teaching traditional Tanzanian painting, drama and sculpture. Other places of interest in Bagamoyo City are the: