The coastal village of Bagamoyo holds a rich history and culture. Geographically located as the closest point by sea from Zanzibar, many of the early explorers such as Livingstone, Stanley, Burton and Speke travelled from Zanzibar to Bagamoyo to outfit their adventures. It was also the last glimpse of then Tanganyika that many had before being bundled off to Zanzibar to be sold on the slave markets.
From the pier, you will set-off on a scenic 90-minute drive along the coastline on your way to Bagamoya where your first stop will be at the Kaole Ruins. The ruins date back to the 13th century and consist of two mosques and 30 tombs. The older of the two mosques is thought to date to the 3rd or 4th century, making it the oldest mosque on the mainland of East Africa. The mosque also provides evidence indicating early contact between Africa and the Islamic world.
The tombs at Kaole were built from coral stones with stone pillars. Traditions claim that some of the tombs are the graves of local rulers who were known as diwanis. It is alleged that the diwanis were the descendants of Sheikh Ali Muhamad al-Hatim al-Barawi, the most well-known Sheikh along the coast.
During your time in Bagamoyo, you will also visit the German Church's Holy Ghost Mission - a clear sign of the German influence on the area. A stop at the Old Fort is also included before transferring to the nearby Livingstone Hotel for a buffet lunch.
Following a relaxing lunch, you will be afforded approximately 1-hour to enjoy the sandy beaches of Bagamoyo before it's time to re-join your coach for the return drive back to the pier in Dar es Salaam.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking, plus an additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time at the beach. There are some uneven surfaces and a few steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Lightweight, casual clothing; a hat; sunglasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests who wish to swim at the beach should wear a swimsuit under their clothing and bring a towel. Those who choose to participate in any water activities may do so at their own risk and responsibility. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.