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The Spice island of Zanzibar lies off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. It is famous for once being the commercial centre of East Africa and the last place to abolish the slave trade.
Today it combines ancient Islamic ruins, noble Arabic houses with miles of white sandy palm fringed beaches and coves. The ocean offers warm clear blue waters, idyllic islands excellent reefs for snorkeling and diving, fantastic deep sea fishing, water sports and of course delicious fresh fish. You can also opt to go for an early morning dhow cruise. The island is surrounded by pristine beaches and we’d be happy to show you the one that would suit you best.
The sleepy atmosphere of Bagamoyo hides a history of prosperity, wealth and wonderful tales, but also sufferings and tragedy.
In a way, all this is expressed in the name Bagamoyo, which means something like “lay down the burden of your heart” or “be quiet my heart”. This can both be interpreted as the forlorn cry of the slaves leaving their home country and the exclamation of the relived caravan porters reaching their destination.
Bagamoyo gained its name in the caravan days when the streets where dense with people and merchandise. Then it was only possible to move in the streets with difficulty and now and then caravan porters tripled the town population. Ships from distant ports where a common sight in the harbour and the shops were filled with exotic goods.
Today Bagamoyo offers a wealth of historical attractions and some of the most wonderful beaches in East Africa.
The name Pangani owes to the river that runs through northern part of this Historical Town. Pangani is an ancient town, and is believed to have been established before the 6th Century BC and played an important role during the slave trade era. It was a trading port dealing mainly with slaves and ivory. Several historical sites in and around the town serve as reminders for the strong Arabic influence and the later German, British colonial era in Tanganyika.
Nowadays it is mainly a fishing town dotted with coconut trees, providing beautiful beaches for quiet vacation. Pangani is situated about 50km south of Tanga on the mouth of River Pangani that flows from the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.