Again and again I realise that Tanzania has so much more to offer than dream beaches, giraffes and the highest mountain in Africa. If you are more interested in the cultural background, you should definitely visit Bagamoyo. Besides culture, there is also a beach for swimming.The city was founded around the 8th century and was part of the East African slave and trade route for a long time because of its good location on the Indian Ocean. From 1888 to 1891, the town was the capital of German East Africa. After 3 years, however, the Germans decided to name Dar Es Salaam the capital.
The present name "Bagamoyo" is based on the time of the slave trade. "Bwaga-Moyo" means "lay down your heart", because it was the last stop for slaves on the African mainland before they were shipped on to Asia via Zanzibar. Since the Germans could not pronounce the "W" in the word, it disappeared from the spelling.Those who want to learn more about the time of the slave trade in East Africa should definitely visit the Caravan Serai and be accompanied by a guide. Since Robert's storytelling was so interesting, I immediately booked him for a guided tour of Stone Town and heard so many great stories. Who knows that in the coastal area the food situation was very difficult for a long time, because even many decades after the time of the slave trade, field work was very badly regarded, as originally only slaves did this work. No one wanted to be associated with that. Or that the ornate old wooden doors always said something about the inhabitants of the house.The pineapple at the bottom left, for example, tells us that the occupant of this house was an Arab.