The Old Boma of Bagamoyo is one of the many historical buildings that are within the old town conservation area of Bagamoyo. It used to be an old state house that was built by the Germans at the end of the 19th century, with the sole purpose of being a residence for its leaders in the area. It was only used by them for a few years before their capital was moved to then Mzizima or currently known as Dar es Salaam, due to the shallow water depth of the Bagamoyo port.
It was again used by the British after their takeover of the German colonies from 1919 until 1961 when the country got its independence. Since then, it has been under the jurisdiction of the Tanzanian government although it was never used as a state house since 1961. In 1995 it was turned into a historical building.
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What to do there?Almost every part of the building is accessible, especially after the recent renovations from 2015 to 2016. So feel free to wander into every room from the ground floor, to the second and finally to the roof, where you can get amazing views of the Indian ocean as well as the town of Bagamoyo. On the ground floor is an old iron safe which was left by the Germans, still locked today with whatever secrets it holds inside.
The Old Boma of Bagamoyo is located right at the heart of Old town and a stone's throw away from most of the major historical landmarks of the town, including the Old fort, the old customs house and the town's very own small harbour. It is also about a 10 minutes walk from the main bus stand. For more information on its location please see the map below (click to start).
How to get there?If you are in the Bagamoyotown centre, just ask for directions as the town is so small you most certainly could walk there. Taxi rides are also quite cheap.