The name "Pangani" derives its meaning from the river flowing from Mt. Kilimanjaro to its last destination in the Indian Ocean. The town is about 50 km. from Tanga town by road. Like other coastal towns of Tanzania, Pangani has more of historical buildings, plantations and factories established by Arabs, Germans and British. Unlike Zanzibar and Dar-es-Salaam, Pangani is less visited and this makes it a unique place for a calm tour where one will enjoy clean water and white sand beaches.
According to history, Pangani was a port/center for shipping slaves and ivory to the Arabian and European countries; a trade started by Arabs explorers, and there after dominated by Germans and British. The history of the town goes back up to 6th century. Our guides will take you around Pangani town while giving details about the history of the town.
Places to visit:
The Cultural Tour: This tour combines visiting the "Sahil" people, spending a quality time with them, get to know more about their culture, the normal day to day activities and finally a tour to sisal plantations and factories. The records show that Germans established the first sisal plantation in 1892. The coconut plantation in Kikowea is another place someone should not miss!
The Colonial History: In 1800s the Arabs built a Boma (castle). This was later taken by Germans and used it as the District Office. The Boma is worth visiting.
Other Places to Visit in Pangani: Other historical sites to visit while in Pangani include the original slave's depots and markets where Arabs distributed slaves to India, Arabia and Europe, the Freedom grounds, Islamic and German graves, ancient mosques and traditional houses.
During sunset, you can walk along the coastline to see a unique coral shore where the fossils of a 200 - 300 million year old dinosaur rests in the area known as Mwanaunguja and Mkomo coral. You can also take a ferry across the Pangani River and visit some splendid hotels such as Emayani Beach Lodge, Tides Hotel, Mashado Hotel and Coco Beach. During this tour you can do different things like swimming, fishing, snorkeling and enjoy bare foot walking and of course, a refreshing breeze from the Indian Ocean.
A cup of Tanzanian coffee mmmhh. . . or a glass of whisky in the coast hotel or lodge.