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Swahili Coast

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Swahili Coast

Tanga

Tanga, Tanzania’s third largest city and second largest port,  is the principal town on the northern coast of Tanzania, a time-warped port which briefly served as the capital of German East Africa before Dar es Salaam usurped the role.  Relaxed, friendly and atmospheric, it is a lovely character-filled town full of old German and Asian buildings.

Now one of the more modern ports along Tanzania’s coast, the city rose to prominence when settled by the Germans after the harbour at Bagamoyo proved to be too shallow for trade on any large scale.  Tanga boasts the first school in German East Africa, built in 1893, and a railway to Moshi was started in the same year and completed in 1911.  The rail link inland and the excellent natural harbour guaranteed Tanga’s survival  to this day, when most business conducted is export of sisal.

 

Excursions Around Tanga

Amboni Caves

8 kilometres north of Tanga lies the entrance to Amboni Caves, the most extensive limestone cave network in East Africa and thought to extend hundreds of kilometres up the coast.  The caves have been part of local legend and folklore for thousands of years, long before their discovery by Europeans in 1940.  Local belief still holds that the main cave is inhabited by a god of fertility, and offerings are still regularly made here.  The forest around the cave entrance is excellent for bird-watching, and is also home to a troop of endemic black-and-white colobus monkeys.

Tongoni Ruins

Tongoni, about 20 kilometres south of Tanga itself,  was never a large town but was always well-off, and the ruins visible today stand testament to the wealth in the town.  The town, of the Shirazi people, peaked during the 14th and 1th centuries, and now boasts the largest concentration of historical tombs on the East African coast.  There is also a ruined mosque at the site.  The caretaker will charge a small fee to show you around the ruins.

Toten Island

Directly offshore from Tanga lies Toten Island, which can be reached by boat from the harbour.  On the island are ruins of two mosques and a number of tombs and graves – some locals refer to Toten as the Island of the Dead.

Dar Es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is the biggest city in Tanzania and an important economic centre, making this place the richest one in the region. Its name literally means “the residence of peace” in Arabic, and its former name was Mzizima, which in Kiswahili means “healthy town”. Its population was estimated to be more than 5 million people – with growing tendency -, and until the year 1974 Dar es Salaam was the capital of Tanzania.

 

 

Pangani

Pangani Town lies about 50 kilometres south of Tanga and is a traditionally Swahili town lying at the mouth of the Pangani River.  The town has a relaxed ambience, surrounded by virtually unspoilt beaches to both the north and south.   Historically the town has played a notable role, owing to its position at the mouth of the river, which assumed a vital role as a transport route to the interior of the country.   The town was a major export point for the notorious slave and ivory trades, and was one of the largest ports between Bagamoyo and Mombasa.  Within the town itself, remnants of the German and Arabic influences can be seen in the architecture and carved doorways.

The beaches to the north and south of the town have only recently been opened up to visitors with the advent of a new road.  This coastline is beautiful, consisting of long unbroken stretches of white sandy beaches backed by palm trees and light forest, in which the bird and wild life is well worth a look.

 

Excursions around Pangani

Pangani River

The river provides some of the best birdwatching in the area, as well as resident populations of crocodiles and other animals.  Boat and canoe safaris on the river offer the opportunity to observe nature form an unusual perspective!

Maziwe Island

Maziwe Island is approximately ten kilometres offshore and is a small sand island and nature reserve.  Snorkelling here is fantastic, and trips here can be arranged through the Cultural Tourism Office.  Maziwe can only be visited at low tide, however, as it disappears at high tide, and obviously there are no refreshments or other facilities available on the island!

Safaris Including Swahili Coast

12 day Northern Explorer

2 day Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both.

This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

12 day Southern Explorer

12 day Southern Explorer

2 day Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both.

This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

2 day Budget North Tanzania Safari

2 day Budget North Tanzania Safari

2 day north Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari we offer. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari includes two wonderful Northern Tanzania national parks, these are Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park. You will spend 1 night at budget lodge, at Mto wa Mbu, the village next to Lake Manyara .
2 day Budget South Tanzania Safari

2 day Budget South Tanzania Safari

2 day budget south Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari leaving from Dar Es Salaam. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great introduction to southern Tanzania with a quick visit to Mikumi - perfect for those short on time

3 day Kilimanjaro Foothills

3 day Kilimanjaro Foothills Hiking Tour - this includes a cultural tour and a visit to Kilimanjaro base camp.  This trip is perfect for those that want to get a taste of Kilimanjaro and actually get on the mountain, but don’t have the time to attempt the summit. This is combined with a cultural tour where you find out about the tribes that live on this great mountain. Overnight at a lodge on the mountainslopes.
3 day Luxury Safari From Zanzibar

3 day Luxury Safari From Zanzibar

3 days luxury tented camp Safari from Zanzibar - a great add on for your Zanzibar honeymoon. This is a flight from Zanzibar straight into the Serengeti. This can also be included with a hot air balloon trip. This is a luxury trip using the best camps.
3 day Simba Safari

3 day Simba Safari

3 day Simba Tanzania safari - this is the shortest safari with Ngorongoro Crater. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great introduction to northern Tanzania with Lake Manyara and Tarangire and the 8th wonder of the world - Ngorongoro Crater . We offer this safari for camping, lodge or a mixture of the both.
4 day Chimpanzee Safari

4 day Chimpanzee Safari

4 day Chimpanzee safari - special fly in safari to the home of the Chimpanzees This safari offers a great introduction to the Mahale Mountains the home of chimpanzees in Tanzania
4 day Hiking & Safari

4 day Hiking & Safari

4 day Tanzania safari and hiking tour - a perfect short option 1 day safari with 3 days of hiking. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This is a hiking, walking and game drive tour to explore Ngorongoro Crater, Empakai Crater, Mount Oldonyo Lengai climb and a visit to Lake Natron. Please note the Ol Doinyo  Lengai is for advanced climbers / hikers.

4 day Mount Meru Climb

4 day hiking / mountain climbing- reach the 3rd highest summit in Africa. Special Offer Mount Meru can be used for an acclimatization before tackling it's big brother Kilimanjaro, but is also a great hike on its own.  Accommodation is in huts

4 day Selous Camping Safari

4 day southern Tanzania safari - this is an adventure safari to the remote Selous Game Reserve. This is available either camping or lodge This Selous Safari is perfect for travelers who wants to make a short visit of Tanzania's most wild nature reserve the massive Selous Game Reserve. The Selous offers great game viewing and also walking safaris and boat safaris.
4 day Tembo Safari

4 day Tembo Safari

4 day Northern Tanzania safari - a perfect short option safari for travelers to northern Tanzania. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. Rather than rushing great distances to see the Serengeti in such a short time we recommend this safari combining the best of Arusha, Tarangire & Lake Manyara National Parks as well as Ngorongoro Crater.
5 day Kilwa History & Beach

5 day Kilwa History & Beach

5 day History & Beach tour - this visits a UNESCO Site and one of Tanzania's best beaches. Special Offer  This tour includes time on the beautiful Masoko pwani beach as well as a guided tour to the Kilwa Kisiwani UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6 day Selous Explorer

6 day Selous Explorer

6 day Selous safari - travel over 200km through the Selous Game Reserve - Tanzania's largest protected area. This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. This safari offers a great view of the Selous, from the mountainous North you follow the river to the eastern boundary where you have a boat safari.
6 day Zanzibar Beach Relaxation & Stonetown

6 day Zanzibar Beach Relaxation & Stonetown

6 day Zanzibar beach & Stonetown- this is a great add on to any safari  - beach time! This tour offers a spice tour on arrival with beach time at some of Zanzibar's greatest beaches and an overnight in Stonetown UNESCO heritage site with a walking tour.
7 day Northern Safari

7 day Northern Safari

7 day northern Tanzania safari - this is our most popular Tanzania Safari. Special Offer - This is available either camping, lodge or a mixture of both. Our special offer 7 day safari aims to give you a real highlight of northern Tanzania and it’s National Parks; we have combined a mixture of stunning scenery as well as areas with high concentrations and diversities of wildlife.

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