The town is believed to have been established before the 6th Century BC and played an important role during the slave trade era. The beaches around Pangani are virtually unspoilt. Pangani is close to Saadani National Park , on the Mkwaja side which is the only place where one can see wildlife basking on the beach.
Several historical sites in and around the town serve as reminders of the strong Arabic influence and the later German/British colonial era in Tanganyika Attractions and activities that are found in Pangani include: The Pangani Falls (which is a water fall that provides electricity for Tanga, Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Moshi), Pangani River (which hosts birds and crocodiles), Maziwi Island ( which is a nature reserve providing a snorkelling and a dolphin tour), a walking tour through the town (see some of old buildings that are over 200 years old), visits to a former slave labour camps and slave market site, and a walk along the coastline to a unique coral shore called Mkomo (where 200-300 million year old dinosaurs fossils have been discovered).
Pangani is mainly a fishing town dotted with coconut trees, providing beautiful beaches for quiet vacation. A prefect alternative to the more touristy Zanzibar.
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Of all the ports on the north coast, Pangani has retained the most traditional Swahili character. It's a beautiful area with the mouth of the Pangani River and an amazing beach stretching off into the distance. Although it is attractive, with a number of crumbling old buildings, there is not much to do in the town itself. Heading just south of Pangani is Ushongo, where the up-market hotels and resorts are found.