Pangani town is an Old Port as well as great diversity of tropical marine dwellers. This town is located at the point where the massive Pangani River empties itself into the Indian Ocean. Pangani River collects all its water from Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru and it passes through the northern side of the town, separating the old buildings and the present-day market from the farms and small houses on the southern side. The river itself requires a ferry to cross, its dark brown waters filled heavily with alluvial silt as it meanders slowly into the ocean. On either side of the little town, coconut palms and sisal plantations undulate towards the horizon. Here you will enjoy coastline with clean beaches where endangered Green Turtles breeds, coral reefs, and historic sites.
Once a center of Swahili trade with the African mainland; the town of Pangani is now a sleepy backwater with little memories of days of splendor. The old German administrative boma still stands behind a colonnade of tall shade trees and the former prison, painted a fading ochre red, looks over the river’s lazy waters. Old houses along the main road offer lived-in examples of colonial and traditional Swahili architecture, the buildings slowly crumbling against the monsoon winds. Visitors passing through the area would do well to explore what remains of the old town on foot. Even a short walk rewards visitors with a glimpse of quiet life in the old trading towns along the Swahili Coast.
Pangani Offers the Following Activities;
-Pangani River cruising
-Historical town tour, explore Historic buildings of Pangani town, slave market, old port and slave routes
-A boat trip to Maziwe Marine Park Island for swimming, sun-bathing, snorkeling and watching dolphins
-Village tours which gives you an opportunity to participate in various activities with the family members, visit local’s farms with coconut, various types of fruits and enjoy fresh fruits and coconut juice while rolling on crisscrossing the dominating coconut trees. Finally a welcome to Coast people’s home and stay with a family getting an insight of the Swahili culture.
-Cycling tours around the town to the German fort, then proceed to Mwera, sisal plantations Kikokwe the first place where sisal was introduced to Eastern Africa by Dr. Richard Hindrof and adjacent villages. Other cycling tours can take you to Mkoma to see the Pemba channel, Mwanaunguja corals and bombarded German war ship to Ushongo beaches.
-Evening tour within and around Pangani town. Get an insight of local entertainments available in the area
-An opportunity to explore the life of Endangered Green Turtles. Visits to nesting sites and get to know their breeding behavior.