Pangani is a
small Swahili town situated about 55 kilometers south of Tanga near
some sand clean beaches. The town derive its name from the River
passing through the area. It believed to be one of the many dhow
ports along the coast. During the Shirazi era, occupation around
Pangani gathered momentum and the Pangani River assumed an important
role as a transport channel to the interior.
Pangani had become a terminus of the caravan route
from Lake Tanganyika by late 19th century, and a major export pint
for slaves and ivory. Sisal and copra plantations were established
in the area while several European missions and exploratory journeys
to the interior began from here. At the end of the 19th century,
focus had shifted to Tanga and Dar es Salaam and Pangani rapidly
The most interesting area of town is within three
blocks of the river, where one can see some carved doorways and
buildings from the German colonial era. One of the main attractions
is the Pangani River, which hosts diverse birdlife, as well as population
of crocodiles and other animals.
Pangani Beaches: Pangani town
is famous for its excellent beaches to the north and those to the
south around Ushongo. The infrastructures have been improved around
the beaches in the north or south of the town. Maziwe Island, a
small sand island and nature reserve is an ideal place for snorkeling
although it can only be visited during low tide.
Amboni caves: These limestone
caves are estimated to extend from about 30 kilometers to slightly
over 200 kilometers although visitors can only see a small part
of them The Kenyan Mau Mau freedom fighters are said t have used
the caves as a hideout to confront the British colonial rulers in
the 1950s. The caves are located about 8 kilometers North West of
Tanga off the Horohoro-Mombasa road. It's important that prior arrangements
to be done.