Tourism in the Tanga region? Read on to get the facts!


(Posted 03rd February 2015)

It did not take long after my article on more information about Eastern Africa was published, giving details of many of the available guides, pocket books and websites with those ever up to date details where to go, what to do and when things are happening, that information came streaming back in. From gentle reminders like ‘Hey, have you forgotten us’ to ‘We are still here’ to more forceful representations, the bottomline was clear. I had, obviously, not mentioned all publications which are available to visitors, in print or on the web, and to a large part because I either truly did not know of them or else, had not immediately remembered them.

The one reminder I did take to heart was from the Tanga Tourism Network because indeed, the area is special and has rich offerings for visitors. Access is possible by road from Kenya through the Lunga Lunga border post, or else by road from Dar es Salaam and of course by air with several airlines flying into Tanga and neighbouring airfields.

Offshore are the islands of Pemba and Ungunja, which make up Zanzibar, both within easy reach by boat. From the shores can the Coelacanth Marine Park be accessed from Mwambani where the rare prehistoric fish, a bit of luck helps of course, can be found. Extensive mangrove forests are still found along eh coastline which can be explored by boat or canoe.

Tanga itself is a historic town which is interesting to explore and along the coastal strip is full of attractions, from the Amboni Caves to the Tongoni Ruins. The Saadani National Park extends all the way to the Indian Ocean, something which makes it unique. It is located about halfway between Tanzania’s commercial capital of Dar es Salaam and Tanga and accessible by road and air. Inland are found the Usambara Mountains and the Pare Mountains and of course the Mkomanzi National Park which borders, at least in part, Kenya’s Tsavo National Park.

Again, at the risk of being reminded that I overlooked some more attractions of the Tanga region, I rather include a link to the Tanga guide which was developed by the tourism stakeholders in that region of Tanzania, to not just showcase their offerings but to be more broadly recognized as a part of Tanzania which has much to offer to visitors. Enjoy the eyeopener, as I did and thank you Sibylle for reminding me, very gently, of my oversight. I am sure the readers will agree with you that the follow up was worth the while.

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