The German Colonial Period; Public buildings are solid and impressive making their presence felt wherever they stand. The Germans developed a special colonial architecture for tropical areas that included elements of Arabic design from places like Zanzibar, and made maximum use of local materials such as coral stone, mangroves, timber, sand and stones, and decorating the buildings with intricate arches, mosaics, elaborate masonry and wood craftsmanship.
The British Colonial Period; Building were mostly erected after the Second World War and based on architectural designs of that period. Examples are the library, Katani House and others, built by commercial companies such as banks and agro-industrial firms, or by philanthropists who had become wealthy from the booming sisal industry. As Tanganyika was not a full colony, Britain did not invest as much as Germany in infrastructure and public buildings.
TANGA COELACANTH MARINE PARK
Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park (TACMP) is located on the northern coastline of Tanzania. It extends for 100 km along the coastline from north of Pangani River estuary to Mafuriko village just north of Tanga City.
The Park covers an area of about 552 km² of which 85 km² are terrestrial and 467 km² are aquatic. It includes the bays of Tanga City and Mwambani, Tongoni estuary, and three small islands of Toten, Yambe and Karange. The uniqueness of the park includes: the occurrence and high rates of incidental catches of the CITES – listed and iconic Coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae . TACMP is also a home to other endangered species like dugong, sea turtles and migratory water birds. The dugong was 1st sighted in 2006 off Kigombe. . Moreover, the area has a highly productive and diverse fisheries resources and coral reef communities.
AMANI NATURE RESERVE
Amani Nature Reserve is a centre for biological diversity. The floristic composition is very diverse and there are 2012 vascular plants species per hector. Thus a large proposition of the endemic species is found within Amani Natural Reserve. The Reserve has been likened to the African equivalent of the Galápagos Islands in terms of their endemism and biodiversity. Therefore it is considered one of the most important forest blocks in Africa.
Approximately 3450 species of vascular plants recorded in the Usambara Mountains, over one quarter are likely to be endemic or near-endemic. In addition to the variety of plants, the mountains host a number of endemic or rare fauna species, including the Usambara eagle owl and a viviparous frog species.
Amboni guided tour starts from Tanga City centre through various historical buildings then to kiomoni village, other activities near to Kiomoni village include aggregate preparation, local brew, and lime making, caves is located 8kms from Tanga city on Mombasa road. Outside the caves enjoy a natural forest around and welcoming sounds of monkeys and birds. Your guide will take you through various compartments/rooms used for different purposes and enjoy the Cave’s natural beauty while listening to well narrated stories about the caves.
NILO NATURE FOREST RESERVE
The Reserve if found within the ancient chain of Eastern Arc Mountains Forest in Tanzania, lying to the North West of East Usambara Mountains falling under three Districts Authorities namely Korogwe, Muheza and Mkinga in Tanga Region. More than 39,000 people from 17 villages are living adjacent the Reserve. The Reserve is included in East Usambara Man and Biosphere Reserve (EUMAB) and the highest Biodiversity value compared to other forest Reserves in East Africa.
GALANOS SULPHUR HOT SPRINGS
A cycling tour to gallanos sulphuruos hot spring which the local people use to bath for skin healing which the local believe if they bath there, while crossing local farms of various type like coconut, vegetable gardens and learn the process of planting to harvesting of the crops.
Tongoni ruins are one of the most famous ruins in the history of Shirazi people who once lived on the Indian Ocean coast of East Africa. As the old buildings speak, this is one of the first Shiraz settlements with everything that can depict their culture including old graves waiting you to explore. Beyond the ruins, take a fishing village cultural walk; this will give you an opportunity to meet descendants of those who lived in the ruins.