Bagamoyo is steeped in history, the name meaning 'Loss of the Heart' as a result of it being a terminus for the slave caravans from inland. At the peak of the slave trade in the mid 19th century it is estimated that 50,000 captives arrived in Bagamoyo each year. Now a popular beach destination, the town lies only 70km from Dar on good tarmac road. There are several mid-range beach hotels available. The Kaole Ruins, dating from the 12th century Shirazi era, also make an interesting excursion.
When visiting areas in and around local villages, make sure to stop by one of the Village Bars. Most of these are used as a relaxation point after a long day of work.
The bars are popular amongst both the locals and the tourists, as it provides the ideal setting for an exchange of stories, to learn more about each others culture.
Most of the bars are relatively well stocked, and do provide cold beverages, depending on the electricity of course. If all is well at the bar, conversations can carry on up to the early hours of the morning.
Finding common ground when visiting a village bar is never a problem, so feel free to pop in for a few local tales.
For more information on visiting a Village Bar contact us.