An important point of trade for ships navigating the Indian Ocean, particularly from the port city of Mombasa in Kenya, Tanga is Tanzania’s second largest sea port and fourth largest city. Tanga is a short distance from the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba and is usually used as a stopping point for visitors coming from Mombasa. Port cities often leave little to be desired for tourists due to busy shipping, but Tanga has a unique identity. Sheltered bays and lagoons, lush mangrove forests and pristine semi-arid forests make Tanga an attractive destination.
Exploring Tanga and Its Surrounds…
- Explore the Amboni Caves – The deep, forsaken limestone caves of Amboni have never been fully explored, but it’s rumoured that they extend for hundreds of kilometres. If the tour doesn’t scare you, then the fables around it might… or the pagan shrine at the entrance where offerings are made – spooky.
- Amani Nature Reserve (ANR) – Forming part of the greater Eastern Arc Mountains, ANR has a total area of 8,330 ha divided into different ecological zones. It is home to endangered and endemic plant species as well as 340 bird species. Next to the diversity of plant and bird life, three waterfalls cascade down from ANR’s upper plateau, providing great hiking trails for visitors to explore.
- Port of Pangani – Once a port serving China and the Middle East with slaves, ivory and spices, Pangani has fallen prey to time and nature. Overgrown vegetation and crumbling ruins are all that remains of a forgotten time in history. Although there is not a lot to see and little sign of life, there is something eerie about this little port when you wonder among its ancient fig trees.
- Bike Tour of Tanga – Cycle the streets of Tanga as you explore the stand out architecture among its modern city looks. Explore at your own pace as you navigate Tanga’s maze of narrow streets.
- Patwas Restaurant – Keen to try some of Tanzania’s local flavours and cuisine? Patwas Restaurant offers simple, tasty meals for good value.
Kilimanjaro? Check. Zanzibar? Check. Serengeti? Check. If you are looking for a new destination to explore, perhaps you should consider Tanzania’s port city of Tanga. Although it’s one of the largest cities in Tanzania, it’s a little less explored by tourists and offers some interesting attractions and activities. At Wild Frontiers, we have been operating in Tanzania for more than 25 years, for more on our Tanzania tours and packages, be sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.