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 of Swahili, Arab and Colonial traditions.
This town is located at the mouth of Pangani River that collects its water from Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru to the Indian Ocean. Here you will enjoy coastline with clean beaches home to breeding and nesting endangered Green Turtles, historic sites, coral reefs, Old Port as well as great diversity of tropical marine dwellers
Along a stretch of seemingly endless palm and coconut fringed beaches, you will have a wide range of accommodation options in beautiful eco-friendly lodges that are dotted along the coast for your rest and relaxation. If you arrive during the off-season you may even be lucky enough to have the entire place to yourself.
While less crowded and commercialized than Zanzibar, there is no shortage of excursions or activities to pass the breezy days. Take a boat to Maziwi, the sandy island resting on a coral reef island, a recently designated marine reserve. Most lodges offer windsurfing, kayaking and dhow rides as well as fishing trips.
Longer excursions, such as those to Zanzibar, a bird watching cruise up the Pangani river and mangroves or experience a truly unique safari experience at Sadaani Game Reserve and visit the “swimming elephants”.