Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam

from $191 /person

Location & How to Reach:

  • Bagamoyo: Located on the coast of Tanzania, Bagamoyo is about 75 kilometers north of Dar es Salaam. You can reach Bagamoyo by road from Dar es Salaam, which takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours depending on traffic. There are also buses and minibusses available for transportation.
  • Dar es Salaam: As the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is well-connected by air, road, and rail. You can fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport, which is about 12 kilometers southwest of the city center. There are also bus services from various cities in Tanzania, as well as neighboring countries like Kenya and Zambia. The Tanzanian Central Line railway connects Dar es Salaam with other major cities in the country.

Fun Facts:

  • Bagamoyo was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast in the 19th century, serving as the endpoint of the trade caravan route from Lake Tanganyika and the Great Lakes.
  • Dar es Salaam means “harbor of peace” in Arabic.
  • Dar es Salaam was the capital city of Tanzania until 1973, when Dodoma was designated as the new capital.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Bagamoyo:
    Bagamoyo is known for its historical significance as a former slave and ivory trading port. Visitors can explore sites like the Bagamoyo Old Town, Kaole Ruins, Caravan Serai Museum, and take a boat trip to Bongoyo Island for snorkeling and relaxation.
  • Dar es Salaam:
    This bustling city offers a mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions. Must-visit places include the National Museum of Tanzania, Village Museum, Kariakoo Market, Coco Beach, and the Askari Monument.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam is during the dry season, which typically runs from June to October. During this time, you can enjoy sunny weather with minimal rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.


  • Budget: Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam offer a range of budget accommodations including guesthouses, hostels, and budget hotels. Prices typically range from $10 to $50 per night.
  • Mid-Range: There are several mid-range hotels and lodges in both Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam, offering comfortable rooms and additional amenities. Prices range from $50 to $150 per night.
  • Luxury: For those seeking luxury accommodation, there are upscale hotels and resorts in Dar es Salaam with lavish facilities such as spas, swimming pools, and fine dining restaurants. Prices start from $150 per night and can go up to several hundred dollars.


  1. Is Bagamoyo safe for tourists?
    Bagamoyo is generally safe for tourists, but it’s advisable to take standard precautions like avoiding isolated areas at night and keeping an eye on your belongings.
  2. What is the currency used in Tanzania?
    The currency used in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS).
  3. Are there any health risks to be aware of? It’s recommended to take malaria prophylaxis and drink bottled or boiled water to avoid waterborne diseases.
  4. Can I use credit cards in Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam?
    Credit cards are accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, but it’s always a good idea to carry some cash, especially in smaller establishments and markets.
  5. What languages are spoken in Bagamoyo and Dar es Salaam?
    Swahili and English are widely spoken in both cities.