Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo
Dar es Salaam is a common point of arrival in Tanzania with flights to Dar International airport being considerably cheaper than flights to Kilimanjaro. Dar has the full range of hotel accommodation available. Nearby Bagamoyo is the place where slave caravans used to end before shipping and the name means 'loss of heart'.
- Birding (Bagamoyo), Beach and Snorkelling and diving: Very good
- Best time to visit Dar & Bagamoyo : June - December
- How to get to Dar & Bagamoyo: you can fly to Dar and drive to Bagamoyo
- activities available: all sorts of Boats, diving, snorkelling, southern circuit driving safaris
Dar has a lively night life and numerous beach resorts dotted along its coast. Town tours are possible with destinations such as the village cultural museum and the wood carvers market. The center of town is best avoided due to the heavy traffic. There are several marine parks off the coast of Dar and diving and snorkelling are excellent. Sports fishing and chartered yacht cruises are also available.
Bagamoyo is of interest for birdwatchers as the nearly Ruvu River is home to the recently discovered endemic Ruvu Weaver. If you get there around sunrise the birding is excellent. Bagamoyo is also home to the oldest church in Tanzania and a crocodile farm.
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
Bagamoyo Old Mission and Museummore info ->
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 Islandmore info ->
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.
Crocodile Farmmore info ->
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.
Dar es Salaam Scuba Divingmore info ->
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!