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Tanga City

Tanga was a place where the caravans stopped when they travelled towards the hinterland of central Africa in search of ivory and slaves and was in direct competition with Pangani and Bagamoyo.
The Germans made of it a center of colonial administration, in fact the evidence of their presence can be found in the architecture of Tanga.
The port is an important link between northern Tanzania and the Indian Ocean.
Tanga has a lot to offer and is a surprisingly safe and friendly place, full of an incredible mix of different cultures.
The first thing visitors notice when they arrive is the state of tranquility and prosperity; it's nice to bask in its sunny streets.
In Tanga you can find some branches like NMB, NBC, CRDB, Exim, Barclays and Post Bank.
Health services are available at the Bombo regional hospital and several private hospitals. The regional police is stationed in the city.

What to Do

You can visit many tourist attractions around Tanga, to learn more "click here".


Tanga is located on the northern coast of Tanzania, near the border with Kenya.

Getting There

It has road connections with Arusha, Moshi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
Tanga has a small airport and airstrips in Ushongo (Pangani) and in the Saadani National Park.
Maritime services are available for Pangani, Pemba and Zanzibar.

Where to Stay

Tanga has a huge package of services in the city center and on the seafront.

Tourist attractions near Tanga

Amani Nature Reserve

The Amani nature reserve extends from the plain to the upper plateau. The plateau allows visitors to observe the territory of eastern Usambara.
There are three panoramic points: Kiganga Hill, Ngua and Mbomole.
There are three waterfalls in the area: Derema, Ndola and Pacha. Many tourists are attracted by the possibility of taking a trip to the waterfalls.
The Usambara Oriental Tea Company owns some acres of cultivated tea plantations that can be visited.
There are many naturalistic tourist routes, such as: Mbomole Hill, Monga trail, Ndola trail, Turaco Bird trail, Kwamkoro Nature trail, Derema trail, Zigi trail.

Position: it is about 35 km from Muheza, a city located on the highway to Tanga.

Getting There: there are public transport from Muheza, 35 km away.

Where to Stay: two Rest Houses provide accommodation within the boundaries of the reserve and are located at the Sigi gate; you can find campsites in Sigi and two of them in the reserve, one with fixed services and a second one equipped with a mobile health system.
Guest houses are also available in the village near the Sigi gate.

Tongoni Ruins

Tongoni shows the lifestyle in a fishing village, you can find the ruins of ancient mosques, tombs and remains of the Persian first Shiraz, with an elaborate inscription and stone sculptures.
It is believed that Tongoni was the seat of the port before Tanga was founded, and that the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama visited Tongoni in the year 1498.

Position: the village of Tongoni is located about 17 km south of Tanga on the road to Pangani.

Amboni Caves

The caves of Amboni are believed to be the largest limestone caves in East Africa and are located in the village of Kiomoni.
The caves, a kilometer and a half long, are a fascinating historical site, which served as a hiding place for the locals.
Almost all the tunnels or the rooms are accessible to tourists via a guided tour.
The caves have a religious significance for the local people who pray and make offerings in one of the sanctuaries. For some of the locals, caves have long been known as the place to pray for different needs.

Position: they are located about 8 km from the city of Tanga.

Urithi Tanga Museum

The new "Boma" of Tanga has been renewed with the support of the German embassy in Tanzania and the twin city of Tanga, Eckernforde.
The building (built using coral stone, lime and sand), was used as a government office and residence for the provincial commissioner of northern Tanganyika, which included Tanga, Kilimanjaro and Arusha.
Once the conservation work was completed, Urithi was allowed to use the building for a museum dedicated to the heritage of Tanga.
In the museum there are photographic exhibitions about the architecture and historical buildings of Tanga.

Position: Independence Avenue (near the Tanga Library), Tanga.


Lushoto is a town of disarming beauty, immersed in a breathtaking natural setting. For many, Lushoto reminds of Switzerland.
Around Lushoto there are vast landscapes with majestic peaks full of crops, breathtaking views and endless panoramas with luxuriant vegetation.
Lushoto is ideal for agriculture: bananas, pears, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, cabbage, carrots, peppers, plums and apples are cultivated.
The rainforest is one of the most popular places in Africa for its biodiversity.
It is the center of one of the best cultural tourism programs in Tanzania.
There are various activities for visitors: such as guided tours and cultural visits to the Irente panoramic point, the Irente crops, Usambara crops, Magamba rainforests and more.

Position: is located about 150 km from Tanga, in the Western Usambara Mountains

Getting There: you can go to Lushoto from the city of Mombo, on the road from Arusha to Dar es Salaam.
Public transport from Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi and Tanga are available daily.

Where to Stay: Lushoto has several high-level facilities.

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