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Historic Site in Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo Town

With its cobwebbed portals and crumbling German-era colonial buildings, central Bagamoyo, or Mji Mkongwe (Stone Town) as it’s known locally, is well worth exploration. The most interesting area is along Ocean Rd. He…
Ruins in Bagamoyo

Kaole Ruins

Just southeast 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 bui…
Arts Centre in Bagamoyo

College of Arts

Located about 500m southeast of Bagamoyo along the road to Dar es Salaam is this renowned theatre and arts college, home of the national dance company. When school is in session there are occasional performances, an…
Museum in Bagamoyo

Catholic Museum

About 2km northwest of town and reached via a long, mango-tree-shaded avenue is the Catholic mission and museum, one of Bagamoyo’s highlights, with well-labelled displays from Bagamoyo's heyday. In the same compound…
Cafe in Bagamoyo

Nashe's Cafe

Tasty seafood and meat grills are served on a nice rooftop terrace in the centre of the old town. It also does good coffees.
Tanzanian in Bagamoyo

Funky Squids Beach Bar & Grill

This bar-restaurant serves a good selection of appetising meat and seafood grills on a large beachfront terrace.
Museum in Bagamoyo

Caravan Serai Museum

This undistinguished museum has a small display documenting the slave trade. It's at the town entrance, just past and diagonally opposite CRDB bank. More interesting than the present museum is the site at which it i…
Tanzanian in Bagamoyo

Poa Poa

Coffees, spiced tea, milkshakes, chapati wraps, pizza and local-style meals are among the offerings at this small, popular place in the old town centre. It's several blocks back from the dhow port and customs house.