Pangani is a small town nested at the Indian ocean coast of Tanzania, 45km South of Tanga. Unlike busy Stone Town and generally crowded island of Zanzibar, Pangani is much more quieter, its resorts are more secluded and the beaches are unspoiled by people, which makes it a splendid destination for total relaxation and leisure. It’s name originates from the Pangani river that flows through the northern part of this historical town, forming on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Pangani has a long history influenced by Arabic, German, Asian and British Colonial rules over time.
This picturesque town was once the center of the Swahili trade with the African mainland, but today it is a sleepy community with a few memories of its former glory. The old German administrative boma still defies the time, hidden behind the tall trees and the former prison. Old colonial houses along the main road provide the glimpse of traditional Swahili architecture, but they are deteriorating slowly, standing against the monsoon winds.
Pangani Beach is steeped in history, dating back centuries as a significant trading port along the Swahili Coast. As a former center of commerce and cultural exchange, remnants of this legacy can still be seen today. Take a stroll through the town of Pangani to witness well-preserved colonial architecture, such as the Old Boma and the Pangani Museum. Immerse yourself in the past as you explore the ruins of ancient mosques and Arab tombs, testifying to the area’s diverse heritage
The star attraction of Pangani is, undoubtedly, its pristine beaches. Stretching for miles, the powdery white sands beckon visitors to unwind and bask in the warm tropical sun. With its calm and warm Indian Ocean waters, Pangani Beach offers a perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, and other water activities. Dive beneath the surface and discover a vibrant underwater world, teeming with colorful corals, exotic fish, and even the occasional sea turtle. For a touch of adventure, consider exploring nearby Maziwe Island, a marine reserve offering remarkable diving and snorkeling opportunities.