About 2km north of town and reached via a long, mango-shaded avenue is this mission, with the excellent Catholic Museum – one of...
College of Arts
Located about 500m south of Bagamoyo along the road to Dar es Salaam is this renowned theatre and arts college, home of the national...
With its cobwebbed portals, crumbling German-era colonial buildings and alleyways where the sounds of children playing echo together...
New Top Life Inn
New Top Life is about 50m back from Kizota Guest House towards the main junction, with local meals.
Lonely Planet review
Just south of Bagamoyo are these atmospheric ruins. At their centre are the remains of a 13th-century mosque, which is one of the oldest in mainland Tanzania and also one of the oldest in East Africa. It was built in the days when the Sultan of Kilwa held sway over coastal trade, and long before Bagamoyo had assumed any significance. Nearby is a second mosque, dating to the 15th century, and about 22 graves, many going back to the same period. Among the graves are several Shirazi pillar-style tombs reminiscent of those at Tongoni, but in somewhat better condition, and a small museum housing Chinese pottery fragments and other remnants. Just east of the ruins, past a dense stand of mangroves, is the old harbour, now silted, that was in use during Kaole’s heyday.
The easiest way to reach the ruins on foot is by heading south for about 5km along the road running past Chuo cha Sanaa. Walk with a guide (arranged at the Caravan Serai Museum) and don’t carry valuables.