Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo
Dar es Salaam, and the nearby (60km) but not often visited cultural centre of Bagamoyo are the mainland towns opposite Zanzibar. Many people will arrive at Dar es Salaam international airport, and usually only stay in Dar es Salaam if there is no time to get out on safari.
If you do get a chance, Bagamoyo is worth a visit being the historical terminus of the slave caravans before being shipped to Zanzibar for auction.
Dar also has some superb reasonably priced beach resorts very close to town so if you have no time or budget for Zanzibar but would like a brief beach break at the end of your safari let us know.
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Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo Locations view all
Bagamoyo is steeped in history, the name meaning 'Loss of the Heart' as a result of it being a terminus for the slave caravans from inland. At the peak of the slave trade in the mid 19th century it is estimated that 50,000 captives arrived in Bagamoyo each year. Now a popular beach destination, the town lies only 70km from Dar on good tarmac road. There are several mid-range beach hotels available. The Kaole Ruins, dating from the 12th century Shirazi era, also make an interesting excursion.
Dar es Salaam means 'Haven of Peace' in Arabic. It is a city of approximately 3.5 million people, and is a great place to start and end your safari, with easy access to Zanzibar.
Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo Activities
Dar es Salaam Scuba Diving
Sea Breeze Marine offers some of the best value for money diving in Tanzania, and is the best place to learn to scuba dive, where, for the same price as an Open Water course on Zanzibar or other islands, you can not only complete your course, but have a further 6 dives as a qualified diver - 10 dives for the price of 4!
Bagamoyo Old Mission and Museum
The Holy Ghost Mission is located in Bagamoyo town. The first mission was built by the Holy Ghost Fathers. The first Holy Ghost Church was built in 1872, is the oldest church in East Africa. The new church was built 1910-1914. In 1874, David Livingstone was interred at the Holy Ghost Mission.
Bongoyo is part of a marine park, an uninhabited island of coral with crystal clear waters. It is a short ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. Snorkelling, hiking, and sunbathing are some of the activities that visitors can engage in on Bongoyo Island.
The Crocodile farm just outside Bagmoyo is a working farm providing crocodile meat to Asia and skins for clothing etc. It is interesting to see some of the huge monsters close up but the conditions can be distressing to some visitors.