The name Pangani owes to
the river that runs through northern part of this Historical
Town. Pangani is an ancient town, and
is believed to have been established before the 6th Century
BC and played an important role during the slave
It is mainly a fishing town dotted with coconut
trees, providing beautiful beaches for quiet vacation. Pangani
is situated about 50km south of Tanga on the mouth of River
Pangani that flows from the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Pangani River hosts birds and crocodiles. Maziwi Island is a nature reserve which provides ground for snorkeling opportunity and dolphin tour. A walking tour though the town allows one to see some of old buildings that are over 200 years old, as well as visits to a former slave labor camps and slave market site.
Pangani town elders serve as knowledgeable guides who can impart
their vast knowledge of Pangani history and culture going back
to the 15th century as they take you through
the town. In 1810, the Arabs constructed the central boma
building, people were buried alive under the pillars
during construction as it was believed this would ensure strong
foundations. Later the German administration used the buidings
as a colonial district office and added a european style roof
giving the building a unique appearance. The intricate Arab carved
doors and foundation (still strong!) remain and the building is
now used as the district commissioners office.
The city has numerous historical monuments: the
original slave depots and slave market
where arabs traded slaves to India and Arabia, the Freedom Grounds,
Islamic and German graves, ancient mosques and traditional
Other tours that are recommended include an "agricultural
and nature walk", this shows you some of the beautiful
scenery and culture of Pangani. You visit local farmers and see
various agriculture projects in the area such as coconut processing
at Kikowea. A German fort facing the Pemba channel is the birth
place of sisal growing in africa, here Richard
Hindroph, a German botanist, planted
the first sisal seedlings in 1892.
You will see the sisal estates and factories and sisal plantations.
Then you walk along the coastline to a unique coral shore where
the fossils of a 200-300 million year old dinosaurus
rest in the area known as Mkomo and Mwanaunguja
coral. During this tour you can swim or rest on some
of the most spectacular beaches in Tanzania.
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