What are the best places to visit in Tanga?


What are the best places to visit in Tanga?

 Tanga region offers a wide range of beautiful places to visit, such as the long Indian Ocean coastline with its sheltered bays, lagoons and uninhabited islands covered by pristine forest. Tanga City, close to the Kenyan border, has a fascinating history as one of the oldest settlements along the East African coast.


The word “Tanga” means “sail” in the Kiswahili language, an indication of the thriving trade along the East African coast, and that the protected Tanga Bay has offered a safe haven for local fishermen over centuries. Another small historic district town worth a visit is Lushoto, the centre of the Usambara mountains.


It was founded by the German colonial government in 1898 as “Wilhelmsthal” (after the name of the then German emperor) and became an important centre of colonial settlement and plantation agriculture. Located at 1,400 metres above sea level, the climate is cool and subtropical and was up to Independence much favoured by European settlers. In 1912, the district already had 13 plantations growing vegetables, fruits, tea, coffee and a variety of other food crops. European vegetables and fruits were introduced, and are still grown and marketed to the rest of the country today.

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