Steeped in the history of slavery, Bagamoyo means 'lay down your heart', a relic of the slave trade as this was the exit port for many thousands of Tanzanians who left their hearts in their homeland. The capital of German East Africa, Bagamoyo was also the gateway to the interior for all the famous explorers, Livingstone, Burton, Speke, Stanley and Grant, searching for the source of the River Nile.
It has an incredibly rich history going back to the shirazi Arab trading settlements where at Kaole Ruins you can still find the first mosque built in Tanganyika, dating back to the 12th Century while in Bagamoyo town itself stands the oldest mission in Central and East Africa.
Follow in the footsteps of these great explorers so that you too can discover this 'Dark Continent', the origins of the slave trade, the atmosphere, mystique and intrigue of the Swahili coast, before going on to experience the thrills of wildlife that lie beyond, reminiscent of their epic journeys. This Tanzania hotel is the perfect Indian ocean island retreat, lying in the Zanzibar channel offshore from mainland Bagamoyo, the ideal place to unwind at the beginning and end of a safari.
There are just 12 rooms on the private 9km long white sandy island with deserted beaches. It boasts swimming at all tides in clear azure blue water, ideal for snorkelling to be mesmerized by the shoals of iridescent tropical fish hiding among the pristine coral gardens that protect the island. The island is home to Bushbabies, Wildpigs, Genets, Baboons, Duiker and Suni antelope.