Bagamoyo is a town in Tanzania. The most recent history has it as a terminal point on the coast for Arab trading caravans. It was also used as a holding point for slaves brought from the interior and awaiting transportation to Zanzibar. During German colonial times, it was the economic and administrative capital of German East Africa. Since the capital was moved to Dar Es Salaam, Bagomoyo has been in decline. Architecture of European origin is slowly falling down, but still beautiful to see. The Arabic influence on local architecture is also significant.
There is a lot of poverty and unemployment in Bagamoyo, so be aware from muggings and robberies. Don't leave your resthouse or hotel alone at night and don't walk on the beach at night. There are also a lot of scams, keep your eyes open. Unfortunately, as of February 2008, robbery at daytime in the harbor area doesn't seem to be too exceptional either. Be very aware of people monitoring you while standing somewhere or sitting in a restaurant. Don't expect any help of the police, they don't care about you and even discourage you from opening a case. However, if you loudly scream for help, locals will quickly gather and help you. The Swahili word for thief is "mwizi", shouting it will get you a lot of attention, but might get the thief into serious trouble, since self-justice is widely spread in Tanzania.
Situated 70km on the main northern trunk from Dar Es Salaam on a good tar-seal road.
There are some great locally owned shops with clothing, paintings, carvings, and jewelery that are easiest to find if you just wander about the village. Sometimes there will be locals with carvings or jewelery that will approach you and you can bargain for their items.
At the resorts along the coast to the north of the town.
The Toplife Bar and Restaurant in the centre of town has an street side patio which is great for drinking beer and watching the local scene. even though they play great music in the bar, noize from the tv covers it. too noizy..
A number of resorts are situated on the coast to the north of the town. The best is the Millennium Hotel next to the Bagamoyo College of Arts which is on the ocean near the centre of town.
The resorts open up to the pristine coastline which is not to be missed. Beware of entering the sea, however, since safety is an issue. There have been reports of drownings recently. Instead, if you wish to swim, the resorts have swimming pools which are much safer.