Hidden secret, far from the crowds
Pangani, the perfect place by the Indian Ocean if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.
A paradise for deep-sea fishermen and snorkelers, due to its location at the mouth of the Pangani river.
- Surface 4 km2
- Inhabitants 6.000
- spring rain season April & May
- fall rain season November
Pangani – once a major transit port for slaves and ivory – is an intriguing and sleepy village that takes you back in time.
Cultuur and products in Pangani
Pangani is a town where Swahili, Arabic, colonial traditions and modern hospitality meet.
Pangani – 55 km south of Tanga – once one of the many dhow ports on the coast, became an end point of the caravan route of Lake Tanganyika, an important export point for slaves and ivory, and one of the largest ports between Bagamoyo and Mombasa. Sisal and copra plantations were established in the area, and various European missions and reconnaissance trips to the interior started from here. By the end of the 19th century, the focus had shifted to Tanga and Dar es Salaam and Pangani disappeared into anonymity again.
Today, the sleepy, dilapidated city provides an intriguing step back in history. There’s a very relaxed atmosphere.
Pangani has gorgeous, quiet beaches with palm trees, mangrove forests, rivers and slightly off-shore sandbanks and very beautiful coral reefs.
As you go further south, the beauty increases.
There is no tourism in Pangani and the local population is mainly engaged in agriculture and fishing.
This town lies at the mouth of the Pangani river, that collects water from the Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in the Indian Ocean. Here, you find clean beaches where endangered green turtles breed, and coral reefs with a wide variety of tropical fish.
Climate & season
Pangani has a tropical climate and is a wonderful destination all year round.
April and May:
There’s a higher chance of rain. This means mainly a tropical shower in the morning and sometimes at night. The temperatures are pleasant (30 degrees).
June to October:
This is the “cool” period in Pangani. The temperature has fallen slightly to an average of 28 degrees during the day.
November to December:
Precipitation varies and the temperature slightly rises.
December to February:
This is the hottest period of the year (33 degrees during the day).
1. Pangani is influenced by Arabic, German, Asian and British colonial rule.
2. The muddy Pangani river meanders along the south side of the village and attracts waterfowl, crocodiles and other animals. This can best be visited by a local Dhow.
Pangani, a quiet beach location with little (if any) tourism. There’s plenty to do…
Animals in the area
In Pangani, water birds reside around the estuary and turtles lay their eggs on the beach.
Common animals include various species of birds, crocodiles, turtles, dolphins and tropical fish.
Dieren overzicht Pangani
- Diverse bird species
- Green sea turtle
- Tropical fish
Stay in Pangani
Are you up for a little adventure?
Our lodges are charming, comfortable, small-scale and very quietly located among palm trees on the coast.