Bagamoyo Attractions – On a bright Sunday morning, we set out in a taxi to see
Bagamoyo attractions. Bagamoyo is a historic town, located about 75 kms away from Dar
es Salaam. Bagamoyo was the headquarters for the Germans in 1891. The port was
famous for slave and ivory trade.The meaning of Bagamoyo in Swahili is throw down
your heart was probably given this name because Bagamoyo was the last place the slaves
would stay in Tanzania before being shipped off.
Slave Market: When we were heading directly to Bagamoyo Beach, the driver
suddenly took a turn, and told us that he wants to show us the Slave Market area. The
taxi was stopped before an old structure. The slaves were kept in this dungeon for
exporting them to other countries, during the slavery period. In front of that, a market
area was seen where various types of African art were kept for sale. Some of the artists
were busy with their work. Although the slave trade officially ended in 1873, slaves
continued to be sold and traded in Bagamoyo through the end of the nineteenth century.
Crocodile Farm: On the way we had our second halt to see Crocodile Farm, one of
Bagamoyo attractions. When we reached there it was noon and we walked through the
hot sandy area to reach there. The crocodiles were kept in different ponds according to
their age and growth. Since it was almost their feeding time, seeing the strangers they
came forward looking for food. They are fed with cow's meat. A large size, which was the
oldest one in the group (56 years), was lying quietly in one corner. These crocodiles were
kept for show as well as for sale.
Kaole Ruins: Our next halt was at Kaole, a coastal village, to see the ruins. The ruins
included two mosques and about 30 tombs, set among the palm trees. These mosques
were built with coral and lime mortar. One of the mosques dates back between third and
Livingstone Church: A church of simple construction is there with a tin roof.
Previously it was called Anglican Church of the Holy Cross. Now it is called Livingstone
Church and is famous because the remains of Dr.David Livingstone (1813-1873) were
laid here before taken to Zanzibar en route to Westminster Abbey in London, for burial.
German Hangin: During the German colonization in Tanganiyika (the old name for
Tanzania), it was the place where the people found guilty for misconduct were hanged in
the late 1800s..
German graveyard: The historical place where the German soldiers were buried.
College of Arts (Chao cha Sanaa): This is a major art college in Tanzania where music,
dance, drama and painting are taught. Students came from all over the globe to study
African drumming, painting, sculpture etc.
Beach: Finally we reached the beautiful Bagamayo Beach, the last part of our Bagamayo attractions.