Strolling through Bagamoyo’s unpaved streets, takes you back to the mid-19th century. This is when the town was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan linking Lake Tanganyika (west Tanzania) with the sea. Slaves, ivory, salt and copra were unloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar and elsewhere. A few old buildings and a German graveyard remind you of the formal colonial capital of German East Africa. The buildings and ruins are quite interesting, but the entrance fee (for foreigners only) is not proportionate to the quality and size of it all. It makes for a nice day trip to escape hot and busy Dar-es-Salaam.
Tanzania is well-known for the spectacular Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and mount Kilimajaro. But! To get away from the crowds I choose to venture south instead and was surprised by what more the country has to offer!