Pangani is sometimes referred to as the home of Swahili culture. It is about 45 km south of Tanga on the estuary of the Pangani River which flows from Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Birding, Beach, Diving and Snorkelling: Excellent numerous forest specialists
- Best time to visit Pangani: June - March
- How to get to Pangani: you need to drive but you can fly to Tanga which is close.
- Activities available: Boat Safaris on the Pangani River, Snorkelling and diving
Pangani was the main centre for the slave trade, exporting thousands after the collapse of the neighbouring Sambaa kingdom. After the British banned the trade in 1873, Pangani was a centre for smuggling slaves to Pemba. There are several Arab and colonial buildings remaining in town.
It is best to stay just outside Pangani at Mkoma Bay. Here there is a fantastic beach on which you can find ancient fossils and good access to Maziwe Island Maring Park which has some of the best snorkelling in the country.
Pangani combines well with Amani Nature Reserve in Usambara and Saadani National Park.
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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.