My latest discovery was a town called Bagamoyo. It is on the coast and is about 63km from Dar es Salaam.
When we got there, some tour guides tried to corner us. Luckily I was with a local who spotted the signs quickly. The first thing to do would be to go to the culture and antiquities department to pay the fee to see the area as going into these places and taking photos is not allowed.
We paid the tour guide 50,000 Tanzanian shillings to take us to all the sites we wanted to see. The fee to see the places we visited was 10,000 for me as a resident but 2,000 for my friend who is Tanzanian. We paid at the Antiquities dept, at the mosque ruins and grave sites and at the church museum. For non residents, it costs 20,000 shillings per head.
According to the tour guide, Bagamoyo is the oldest city in Tanzania. The Arabs were here then it used to be the capital of German East Africa in the 18th century and finally the British took over. The place is rich with history, there was a story on every street, every corner we went to. The Germans believed they owned East Africa so it was called German East Africa.
The Arabs arrived first and Bagamoyo was under the rule of the Sultan of Oman. When the Germans colonised, they used this building as a fort/military base against the Arabs and Africans.
After the first world war, the British took over and used the old fort as a prison for Africans. It became a police station after Tanzania got her independence. Today, the building is used as the culture and antiquities department.
|Oldest door in Bagamoyo|
|What used to be the kitchen in the fort|
|Coral stones were used a lot for buidling|
|The stairs leading up to the surveillance area|
|There used to be canons here|
|These trees were cleared so those up here could get a clear view of anyone approaching on the ocean|
|There is now a sitting area in the yard...me being my usual inquisitive self|
|People watched through these small windows for approaching enemies|
|The court yard where slaves were rounded up|
|Slaves were chained from neck to neck so they wouldn't escape|
The name Bagamoyo was derived from Bwagamoyo as the 'slaves' said but this could not be pronounced by the Arabs so they went with Bagamoyo. The city was a permanent slave camp so at the end of the long travail, the 'slaves' thought they had some rest. 'Bwaga' means rest and 'moyo' means heart. There were slave dealings with Mauritius, Zambia and other countries. Bagamoyo was an important trading port along the East African coast.
The fort stands tall and it is impressive to see how many of the ruins have been preserved.
|View from the front|
|View from behind|
|The original tiles are still in place|
|View from inside the fort|
|Spots to watch for attacks|
|The Arabs used to have tea here|
|The streets of Bagamoyo|
|Leading to the sea port|
|The fish market|
|A local market|
|Look at those!|
|Another preserved one|
|I liked this one|
Next we went to Kaole. We passed this on the way...
We went to an area with ruins of a mosque and graves. All the water that comes from the ocean is usually salty but this well produces fresh water and people drink the water as it's clean. There is a belief that when prayers are offered after drinking the water from this well, the prayers will be answered. Two of these guys drank the water while my friend washed his face with it.
We let them have their privacy, it was a big group.
|The old church building|
Heading back, these were some of the things we saw.
|The local buses are called matatu or daladala|
It was a day well spent. If you happen to be in Dar es Salaam and have a full day to spend, Bagamoyo is a good idea.