Bagamoyo was the major slave trading post in East Africa. The name is derived in the Swahili language, which means “lay down your heart“, was probably given this name because Bagamoyo was the last the place that the slaves would stay in Tanzania before being shipped off to foreign lands. The town has been about 50 minutes/80 kilometers north of the Dar-es-Salaam city is not a busy port anymore instead it has been a tour place for students studying history, humanitarian and others.
The Kaole Ruins: Arabs were the first Nation to be in Bagamoyo around the Thirteenth Century followed by the Germans. South of Bagamoyo is KAOLE RUINS whereby Arabs built two Mosques and several tombs as an operation to spread their Muslim religion. All the architecture in Kaole is built in Coral stone.
Bagamoyo Art College: The college accommodates students from all over the world to came and learn African culture especially Tanzania one. Traditional Tanzanian sculpture, carving, and painting are some of them. Arrangement for traditional dance at the college during the tours is possible. Hanging Place, the site where the German colonial government hanged Africans who rebelled against the German colonial government in the late eighteen century. Most of the Africans who were hanged wants to overthrow the German rule power. In addition during German colonial rule, Bagamoyo was the capital of Tanzania.
The Roman Catholic Mission: It was built in the late eighteen century by the German colonial rule under the operation of spreading the Christianity, it is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in East and Central Africa. The oldest historical story was to store the body of the famous Missionary Dr. Livingstone’s in the Church before taken for burial ceremony in England in the year 1874.
The Zanzibar or Unguja Island 95 kilometers long and 35 kilometers from the Tanzania mainland. Only a few countries in the world equal Zanzibar’s long whites sand beaches leading to warm aquamarine water providing the backdrop for excellent snorkeling and diving.
Zanzibar’s old quarter, Stone Town, is a fascinating maze of narrow streets and alleyways which lead past numerous old houses and mosques, ornate palaces, and shops and bazaars. Many buildings in the Stone Town date from the 15th-century slave boom.
Spice Tour: Take a moment to visit the plantations of different spices out of town. A popular and among not to miss tour takes you to the Spice Island. The cinnamon, cardamon, black pepper, ginger and cloves among others are the spices you can see. Commonly the spices are used for food, medicines, cosmetics or flavoring. There are also nice flowers and other plantation like soap and lipstick trees.
Dolphins Tour: Swim with the Dolphins in the depth lure water of the Indian Ocean in Kizimkazi fishing village. The tour is popular during the dry seasons of July through October when the sun is overhead and the coral view is wide.
Jozani Forest Reserve: Unlike the mainland of Tanzania, Zanzibar does not host wild animals like lion or leopard. About 35 kilometers southeast of Unguja town there exist the largest forest on the Island that accommodates primates such as Bushbabies and Red colobus monkey various species of Butterflies and Birds.
Beaches: Zanzibar’s beaches are equally splendid the perfect place to relax after exploring one or two of the Tanzania mainland National Park or Kilimanjaro trek. Zanzibar has breath-taking beaches to the isolated areas of fishing villages and the Ras Nungwi. With it crystal water the Nungwi has a relative view of coral reefs and ideal diving or snorkeling.
The Palace Museum: A large white building that was formerly the official residence of the Sultan of Zanzibar. Visitors to the museum can see much of the Sultan’s furniture and other possessions that survived the revolution.
Pangani is a small town in East Africa’s coast that was 50 km South of Tanga with long history culture the town has Arabic, German, Asian and British Colonial rules influence. This is a place where Swahili, Arab, colonial traditions and modern hospitality blends together. This town is located at the mouth of the Pangani River that collects its water from Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru to the Indian Ocean. Here you will enjoy coastline with clean beaches where endangered Green Turtles breeds, historic sites, coral reefs, Old Port as well as a great diversity of tropical marine dwellers. At the point where the massive Pangani River empties itself into the Indian Ocean, a village has grown.
The Pangani River passes through the northern side of the town, separating the old buildings and the present- day market from the farms and small houses on the southern side. The river itself requires a ferry to cross, its dark brown waters filled heavily with alluvial silt as it meanders slowly into the ocean. On either side of the little town, coconut palms and sisal plantations undulate towards the horizon.
Once a center of Swahili trade with the African mainland; the town of Pangani is now a sleepy backwater with little memories of days of splendor. The old German administrative boma still stands behind a colonnade of tall shade trees and the former prison, painted a fading ochre red, looks over the river’s lazy waters. Old houses along the main road offer lived-in examples of colonial and traditional Swahili architecture, the buildings slowly crumbling against the monsoon winds. Visitors passing through the area would do well to explore what remains of the old town on foot. Even a short walk rewards visitors with a glimpse of quiet life in the old trading towns along the Swahili Coast.
Located 120km or a 20-minute flight south of Dar es Salaam, Mafia Island is one of the most exciting diving and fishing areas in the world. The major tourist activities are scuba diving, big game fishing, snorkeling, beach, and offshore excursions; it is a paradise for fishermen, divers and water sports lovers.
The water is beautifully transparent with fantastic views of the unspoiled coral reef; the variety of the coral permits an unimaginable quantity of fish, with diving and snorkeling sites just a short boat ride away. Chole Bay and its surrounding forests and islands are now within the protected Mafia Island Marine Park.
With its fine sandy beaches, swaying palms and lush vegetation, Mafia is the ideal spot to relax and unwind after a great African safari.