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Visiting the city of Tanga, gets you to the Indian Ocean, near the border to Kenya. Tanzania’s third largest town will show you a refreshingly relaxing and laid-back friendly environment, surprisingly safe although its size and the fact that Tanga has the country’s second largest port.

Photo: Noel Feans

The harbour area and surrounding is the centre of life in Tanga, and when visiting the town has several markets in several neighborhoods for you to explore.

A visit to the Amboni Caves, one of the most extensive limestone cave systems in East Africa, or the Galanos Sulphur Springs should be in your program when visiting Tanga. Going south along the coast, you will get to the historical village Pangani, with its wonderful white sandy beaches.

Tanga was chosen in 1889 as a military post of German East Africa, and became a district office in 1891. The local economy was based on sisal, which had been brought to the colony several years earlier, and population in the area grew rapidly.


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The town was also established as the terminus of the Usambara railway line, which runs inland to Moshi at the foot of Kilimanjaro.

As the coastal town closest to Kenya, Tanga was on the front line at the outset of World War I. A British landing was thrown back on 4th of November 1914 in the Battle of Tanga, and the town was not taken until 7th of July 1916.

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