Tanga port and its surroundings
The port of Tanga is the second largest in Tanzania, today. But it is also the oldest. It seems it was a known and active harbour since the 6th century AD! Today it is very modern, the beating heart of the city.
Also tourism lives around it. The surrounding areas are the most beautiful, with monuments, shops, restaurants, hotels, museums and panoramic points. Some of the most charming beaches in Tanga are very close to the port.
More tourist attractions near Tanga
Not far from Tanga, there are interesting places to visit. Toten Island is a small islet set off the port. It used to be a cemetery-island but it also keeps the ruins of very old mosques. Old mosques and tombs make another interesting archaeological site: Tongoni. This used to be an important trade town, before the Portuguese dominion left it abandoned.
Worth the visit: the hot springs of Galanos, the Magoroto Lake, Amboni Limestone Caves (8 km from Tanga, covering over 230 sq.km). Do not miss the chance of your Tanganese safari! Saadani National Park is 240 km south of the city and you can get there in a 4-hour drive. Speaking of beautiful nature … Tanga is proud of its protected mangrove bushes, mainly growing along the coast.
Tanga is well connected to the rest of Tanzania
thanks to motorways, railways and a small airport.
Flights land here from Dar Es Salaam
The best period to visit Tanga is from June to August. No rain and not too hot temperatures.
Curiosity about the city: the most important hospitals and research labs of Africa have their seat in Tanga.