Tanga is one of the large seaports in Africa, as well as one of the largest cities in Tanzania. Life in this sleepy, relaxed town revolves around the harbour, the waterfront and the beautiful coastline of the Indian Ocean.
The city was created by the Persians in the 14th century, later in 16th-17th century the Shamba people dominated the region. Also in the early 18th century the city felt the present of the Arabian traders, later in the same century the Germans came to protect and colonize the region.
The city has its own airport, with domestic flights operated by Auric Air and Coastal Aviation. It is a major rail terminus, with many routes connecting cities within Tanzania and other African countries. Tanga City links to other great lake areas in Africa including Tanzania's capital Dodoma. The city's railway terminus is very important in the country; it connects to the northern area. Tanga lies on the A14 highway that runs between Mombasa and Chalinze.
The city enjoys a tropical climate, with hot and humid weather and a rainy season.
Tanga is a preferred destination in Tanzania for a relaxing and peaceful holiday trip. The magnificent beaches and calmness of the city makes it a perfect retreat for travelers looking to spend their holidays amidst exotic surroundings, far from the wildness of city life.
Take a tour around Uriithi museum where you will learn of the colonial history of the town.
Tanga city is close to two National Parks, mountains with indigenous rain forest and a diverse coastal and ocean ecosystem.
Some of the most popular attractions for visitors are the ancient Amboni Caves, the Galanos Hot Springs and the nearby Saadani National Park. The Tanga Memorial Cemetry, Mwarongo sand beaches and Tongoni Ruins are also interesting places to visit within Tanga City and its environs.
All these wonderful attractions are within easy reach of each other. With these interesting tourist attractions in Tanga, your trip is certain to be an enriching, informative and a satisfying experience.
The varied Portuguese, German and British architecture of its colonial mansions and public buildings makes Tanga a fascinating destination. The coast has many sandy beaches and protected mangroves.
Music is one of the major entertainments in the city; live band and disco is available at almost every joint. Cafes, bars are also places to spend leisure times.
The sports in the city of Tanga are football, swimming, tennis and cycling. Majority of the city people participate in those sports. Tanga has played in the country's premier league.