Tanga City Tours | Trips in Tanga
Tanga offers a wide range of tourism activities, including scenic mountains, lush tropical forests, natural attractions, wildlife, marvelous beaches, and enchanting culture and history.
Tanga City has a varied history. In the early- and mid-19th century, Tanga was under the governorship of the Sultan of Zanzibar, who ruled a strip of the coastal mainland. Though less important than its neighbor Pangani, Tanga was an important trading center for ivory.
When, in 1891, the Germans took control of the area, Tanga become the colonial capital.
Tanga is renowned for its strong Swahili culture and linguistic heritage and has a wealth of architectural history to explore.
Tanga City Tour
Join with us and experience the warm hospitality of Tanga City and discover new perspectives of cultural tourism on foot or on bikes.
On this tour you are also able to see many memorable and highly beneficial initiatives of The Germans. The façade are over 100 years old.
It represents a particular design period and they give Tanga a very unique atmosphere.
There are some historical buildings and graves in Tanga Town which you will see on this city tour as well as other sites and old colonial buildings.
The tour ends with a visit to a Coconut Art Work Shop Project which is a community based project with the aim to reduce poverty through coconut art production.
You will also have the chance to buy many other coconut products from the wide selection of products offered at the work shop.
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The Urithi Tanga Museum and accompanying city tour:
Tanga’s rich history can all be seen come to life at the Urithi Tanga Museum, which is well worth a visit. This museum is located in the old boma (small fort or local government building) of the city, and was built here by the German occupiers. At the time they used the building to rule from. After independence, the building stood in ruins for a long time, until the fort was renovated and the museum opened its doors in 2009. Museum curator Joel and the other employees do their utmost every day to keep Tanga’s rich history alive. The guides who walk around here are true encyclopedias and know much more than is written on the signs next to all the objects, so don’t let a tour pass you by.
Fresh Tilapia and Vegetable as fas as the eye can see?
If you’re already exploring the city, don’t skip the local vegetable and spice market. All those smells, colors and an enormous diversity of people: great fun to get to know urban, Tanzanian life in a very accessible way. You have also come to the right place for souvenirs.
Recommended: after your visit to the vegetable market, continue to the fish market! Tanga is a real port city: you could say the Volendam of Tanzania. Just ask where you need to be, and you’ll be there in no time. Another tip: get fresh ingredients and prepare your own dinner in the evening at the cooking workshops that you can follow in Tanga, more about this below.
An afternoon Chilling or Boat ride at Tanga Yacht Club
This is a very nice place to moor after spending a morning at sea! Here you have a small but clean beach at your disposal (where you can bake for an afternoon), a bar that also serves as a restaurant with tasty fish dishes, and comfortable showers. In addition, this is really a place where the local expat community comes together: a good way to find out what else there is to do in the city.
The Amboni Caves in Kiomoni Village
About five miles north of Tanga are the Amboni Caves. Definitely worth spending an afternoon here! The Amboni Caves are the largest limestone cave system in East Africa, and are some one hundred and fifty million years old. There are ten caves in total, but there is only one where guided tours are given.
The caves are of great spiritual value to the people who live in the area. They see the cave system as a supernatural phenomenon, in which supernatural powers reside (also called “Mizimu”). In various rooms in the cave system there are places where people worship these higher powers. Some people also believe that a powerful deity resides in the caves who can heal illness, relieve (emotional) pain and increase fertility.
The caves also contain a large number of bats, which fly out of the caves at the end of the day – when the sun sets.