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Bagamoyo:

A fascinating combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage

Located just 50-km north of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo is one of Tanzania's most attractive towns. With a considerable charm belying its past, Bagamoyo combines splendid natural beauty with a significant cultural and historical heritage. The curved, fine white-sand beaches, fringed by swaying palms, have been formed over thousands of years by the wind and waves of the Indian Ocean and the discharge of the nearby Ruuvu River. Life here appears to have changed relatively little from ancient times. Fishermen to this day ply the waters off the coast in hand-built wooden dhows of ancient Arabian design, sharing the waters with smaller dugout canoes and spreading their characteristic triangular sails to catch the prevailing northeastern and southeastern trade winds. But a beautiful and serene natural setting is not all that Bagamoyo has to offer. Many different cultures have met, collided, mixed and left their ‘footprints’ in Bagamoyo.