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What you didn’t know about Bagamoyo

What you didn’t know about Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo is a town in the east African country of Tanzania. Once one of the most crucial outposts along the east African coast, Bagamoyo was established at the end of the 18th century. The town used to be the capital of German East Africa and a strategic trading post. Here’s what you didn’t know about Bagamoyo.

In the colonial era, Bagamoyo was the managerial and economic capital of German East Africa. However, since the capital was moved to Far East Salaam, Bagamoyo has been waning. One of the town’s biggest draw cards is it’s unhurried pace and captivating past. This makes the town a perfect getaway from the modern day hustle and bustle.

History

The town of Bagamoyo was once a thriving settlement along the east African coast. Furthermore, the town was an important component in the trade caravan route. This facilitated the link between Lake Tanganyika and the sea. Ivory, salt and slaves passed through Bagamoyo before being shipped to either Zanzibar island or the rest of the world. Bagamoyo is a Swahili word that translates to ‘bury my heart’s, as this was the penultimate stop for slaves before they were shipped off.

Different ethnicities coexist harmoniously in the culturally rich town of Bagamoyo. The cultural diversity includes, the Wakwere, the Wazaramo, the Wazigua and people of Arab descent. In addition, this makes the town a peaceful and friendly place that is accommodating to visitors.

Geography

75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam on the coast of the Indian Ocean is the town of Bagamoyo. Additionally, it is located across the the tourist island of Zanzibar. To date you can still see European and Arabic influences in the town’s architecture.

Economy

From the time the capital was shifted to Date es Salaam, the town has been in gradual decline. Consequently, there is a lot of poverty and unemployment in Bagamoyo. In addition, there are various local shops with great clothing, paintings, carvings and jewelry.

Getting around

1. Road

Firstly, the town of Bagamoyo is accessible by the Bagamoyo-Daladala station road south-east of the town. Also, Bogomoyo is located 70 kilometers on the norther trunk from Dar es Salaam on a good tarred road.

2. Sea

In addition, as a coastal town, Bagamoyo can be reached via aquatic means. Furthermore, a new two berth intermodal container port is currently under construction.

Education

Bagamoyo is home to several primary and secondary schools. Schools in the town include; Marian Pre and Primary School in the Majengo area. Eagles Secondary School and Premier Girls Secondary School are also situates in the town. In addition, Bagamoyo is the location of the  Bagamoyo Arts and Cultural Institute.

Things to do

The is a host of things to see, do and experience in Bagamoyo. These include;

Slavery and Missionary Museum

Located to the north of town, the establishment captures the town’s history. The artefacts on display are separated into three categories, namely; Slavery, Missionary and Bagamoyo history.

College of arts

For the arts and music enthusiasts, the college of arts will meet their needs. There are some exhibitions on campus, as well as  music and art shows on display. The college is also a venue for the annual music festival.

Crocodile farm

The crocodile farm is located on the road to Kaole village. You can expect to see baby crocodiles to some that are as old as 50 years.

Architecture

A nice casual stroll around Bogomoyo will draw your attention to the intricate Arabic carvings on buildings. In addition you can spot ancient German architecture.

Millennium Old Post Office Hotel

A trip to the roof of the Millennium Old Post Office Hotel will accord you splendid views of the town.

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