PANGANI AND SURROUNDINGS
One hour south of Tanga, Pangani is a historic town located at the mouth of the river with the same name which opens up into Mkoma Bay.
It has seen ‘better’ days in terms of economic activity during the slave-trade days and subsequently the boom in coconut, cashew and sisal production.
Today, its main attraction is that very little has changed (or even been maintained) since the colonial times and as such allows visitors a rare authentic view into the history of the region.
The climate and geography of the area provide an exceptional vegetation with more large trees and general greenery than anywhere else on the Indian Ocean coast of Tanzania. A historic town walk and the sunset river-cruise are highly recommended.
Day trips from Mkoma Bay allow you to visit Tanga and its Amboni Caves as well as the Forest Reserve in the East Usambara Mountains which offers some of the most (if not only) pristine tropical forest in East Africa.
We organise the Pangani River-cruise, a three-hour leisurely cruise in the afternoon viewing coconut plantations, small local fishing villages, monkeys, several bird species and the odd (small) crocodile or Nile Monitor Lizard. On the return trip, spectacular views of the sun setting behind the hills of Pangani river makes it recommendable to bring a bottle of chilled wine.
Pangani town is worth the 2-hour guided Historic Walking Tour or a visit to the local historical museum, called Pangarithi (www.uzikwasa.or.tz).