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ABOUT TANZANIA MAINLAND

Tanzania Mainland Overview

The long beaches of Tanzania’s mainland are not frequently visited when compared to the sister islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar just off the coast. Reasons for this might be that it is relatively unknown and the long time to travel by road from Tanzania’s northern national parks and the game reserves in the south. Slowly but surely, the northern Swahili coast with its palm-fringed beaches are developing; Bagamoyo and Pangani especially being the main attractions.

Dar es Salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, grew from a fishing village. The open-air Village Museum has re-created the traditional homes of local and other Tanzanian tribes and hosts tribal dancing. It’s part of the National Museum, which offers Tanzanian history exhibits, including the fossils of human ancestors found by anthropologist Louis Leakey.

Bagamoyo  is a town founded at the end of the 18th century, though it is an extension of a much older settlement, Kaole. It was the capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast along the west of the Indian Ocean.

Pangani is a town in northeast Tanzania that lies 45 km south of Tanga, at the mouth of the Pangani River. It is the headquarters of Pangani District.

Magoroto with its tropical rain forest is the perfect spot for a getaway and outdoor camping.The estate is located on an altitude of 850m above sea level where temperatures are pleasant all year long. The estate offers stunning views from the Muheza Valley to the Indian ocean. Enjoy the lush rain forest with rare plants and bird species, explore the dense tropical forest with organic spices  or have a picnic or swim in our beautiful lake!

Amani Nature Reserve is a protected area located within the Muheza and Korogwe Districts in the Tanga Region of Tanzania, in tropical East Africa. The nature reserve was established in 1997 in order to preserve the unique flora and fauna of the East Usambara Mountains.

Saadani National Park is Tanzania’s 13th National Park. Tourists can view animals basking along the Indian Ocean shores. It has an area of 1062 km2 and was officially gazetted in 2005, from a game reserve which had existed from 1969. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea.

Tanga is a port city in northeast Tanzania. Covering large swaths of coastline, Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park shelters prehistoric coelacanth fish and manatee-like dugongs. Within the park, Tanga Bay is home to Toten Island, with its ruined mosques and German colonial buildings. Tongoni village has centuries-old, ruined tombs. Northwest of Tanga, the limestone Amboni Caves are filled with stalagmites and stalactites.

What to do on the Tanzanian coast?

Apart from swimming and water activities such as diving, snorkeling, sailing and surfing, you can also visit the Saadani National Park for a change from sun-filled days at the beach. The park offers game drives, boat trips and walking tours. Those interested in history and culture, would love Tanga and Bagamoyo with its architectural ruins and history of German and Arab influences.

The coast south of Dar also has some luxurious resorts and a few smaller hotels. These lay directly on the warm Indian Ocean, perfect for resting away from the maddening crowds.

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