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The Livingstone Club’s name is connected to the famous Scottish explorer who left a deep memory in Bagamoyo.

Dr. Livingstone was also a great missionary and his humanitarian activity led to the abolition of slavery. Bagamoyo is now a picturesque and quiet village of fishers but in the past it was a famous outpost in slave trade and an arriving point of caravans carrying ivory. Ancient buildings give evidence of the turmoiling past events involving different civilisations trying to extend their power in this area: the Shirazi Arabs from Persia, the Portuguese, the Arabs from the Oman Sultanate in Zanzibar, the Germans and the English. Bagamoyo is located at 70 km north of Dar Es Salaam, on the river Ruvu delta. It is a tiny coast town gathered around a harbour and a market of typical Arabian character. Its name derives from the Kiswahili word “bwagamoyo” which means “leave your heart”. It was the non-return point of the slaves travelling from the Tanganika Lake, here they were embarked on boats and sent to Zanzibar to be sold. The fortress where the slaves were imprisoned dates back to 1832. Today it is a police station and it still keeps the underground tunnel which led to the embarking place. This harbour was also the goal of the first missionaries who brought with them their fight against slavery. The Catholic mission, at 2 km from the town centre, is the oldest in East Africa and it is the seat of a unique museum. It exhibits objects dating back to the times of slavery trade and documents relevant to the first European explorers: Burton, Spike, Stanley and Livingstone who lived here and here organised their expeditions.

In the19th century, for four years Bagamoyo was the chief town of the German East Africa Company and Protectorate and many buildings give evidence of it.

The history of the town begins in the 14th century when the eastern coast of Africa was colonised by Arabs and Shirazi coming from the Persian Gulf. Five km south of Bagamoyo we find Kaole: it is now a tiny unimportant village but between the 13th and the 19th century it controlled the northern coast of the country. Among the coconut trees and the luxuriant vegetation, it is possible to visit the ruins of the ancient town with its various houses, the two mosques of the 14th century and pilaster tombs.

Bagamoyo develops along the seaside in a labyrinth of narrow and tortuous streets, small mosques, bars and white German colonial buildings. Many of them were abandoned but the ones along the shore are little by little being restructured.

The beach is splendid and desert but near the old German customs construction where the fishers meet to trade, it is possible to buy lobsters and fresh fishes.

Bagamoyo offers its visitors a tasteful cocktail of ... sun - sea - culture -safari.