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Port of Entry
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Tanga is a sleepy little town, with historical connections from both German and British colonial times. There are old German buildings and various war graves to visit. Tanga has, well stocked grocery shops, an excellent dairy, where milk, yogurt, cream, mozzarella cheese and butter are always available; a good vegetable market with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables which are brought down twice a week from the Usambara Mountains. Internet cafes are plentiful. The local people are cheerful, friendly and easy going.

Just outside Tanga lies an ancient limestone fault, where the Amboni caves are worth a visit. Beside the caves runs a small river where crocodiles can sometimes be seen, a family of Colobus monkeys live there, and for bird enthusiasts the great Vereaux eagle owls may be seen roosting in the trees, along with many other varieties of bird life.

Tanga is the nearest coastal town to Arusha; a regular bus services run to Arusha, passing the mighty Kilimanjaro mountain on the way. Arusha is the gateway to the Northern Wild Life Parks, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Tarangire, each a unique experience.

The NBC and CRDB Banks in Tanga now have Visa ATM machines, so drawing money is no longer a problem.

Although little known, Tanga is a place worth visiting, so welcome to Tanga and enjoy a relaxed stay for as long as you wish

As you sail in behind the bluff, anchor off the most wonderfully friendly little yacht club on the port side of the channel just past the final dog's-leg into the port. DON'T miss this port of call. Customs and immigration facilities available. --From the Tanga Yacht Club website


British Admiralty

See also Tanzania.


Due to close proximity to the equator and the warm Indian Ocean, the city experiences tropical climatic conditions, typified by hot and humid weather throughout much of the year. It has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen: Aw). Annual rainfall is approximately 1,100 mm (43 in), and in a normal year there are two rainy seasons: "the long rains" in April and May and "the short rains" in November and December.

See also Tanzania.


See Mozambique Channel.


Toten Island

Toten Island/wiki/Tanga#Toten_Island
Island icon Toten Island [[Tanga#Toten Island|Toten Island]] (Tanga Island) 05°03.346'S, 039°06.425'E

See also Tanzania.


Tanga Signal Station maintains a 24 hour watch. On entering Tanga Bay contact Tanga Signal on channel VHF channels 12 or 16.

'Also see World Cruiser's Nets


Tanga is a port of entry/exit for Tanzania. For details see Entrance: Tanzania.


Yachts use the facilities of the Tanga Yacht Club.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Tanga Yacht Club
Photo by Tanga Yacht Club

Tanga Yacht Club

Tanga Yacht Club/wiki/Tanga#Tanga_Yacht_Club
Marina icon Tanga Yacht Club [[Tanga#Tanga Yacht Club|Tanga Yacht Club]] 05°03.472'S, 039°07.117'E
Port of Entry

Nestling on the southern side of the bay is Tanga Yacht Club, a relaxed and friendly Club which provides a superb, safe anchorage for yachts all year round. The newly renovated Club boasts an attractively built bar, quarterdeck and dining area. The perfect place to relax for a sundowner watching the sun set across the bay, with the Usambara mountains rising in the distance.

The Club lies within just 2 kilometres of the town. A ‘dala dala’ (mini bus) service runs regularly in and out of town, taxis are also easy to order from the Club.

Laundry room and workshop available. Restaurant and bar, the kitchen is open seven days a week, lunchtime and evening, and serves excellent food; all drinks and food are very competitively priced. The staff are all extremely friendly and helpful.

Visiting Yachts or Temporary Membership is only 10,000 TZsh per week per boat, or for those who have made a really long stay, or left their yachts here for months, full Membership is a good option.

tyctanga@gmail.com; Tel: +255 (27) 264 4246; Fax: +XX (XXX) XXXXXX; VHF channel 71
Address: P.O. Box 346, Tanga, Tanzania
Hours: Weekdays: 10:00 -14:00, 17:00-22:00; Saturdays/Sundays & Holidays: 10:00-22:00


Tanga Anchorage

Tanga Anchorage/wiki/Tanga#Tanga_Anchorage
Anchorage icon Tanga Anchorage [[Tanga#Tanga Anchorage|Tanga Anchorage]] 05°03.472'S, 039°07.117'E
This is safe anchorage in sand. It is directly in front of the Tanga Yacht Club. Ensure that you are not in the shipping channel.


Water ?
Electricity ?
Toilets In the Yacht Club
Showers In the Yacht Club
Laundry In the Yacht Club
Garbage In the Yacht Club
Fuel ?
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
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Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc.

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Eating out

  • Restaurant in the Yacht Club
  • Pizzeria Restaurant & Majubas (just opposite Mkonge Hotel)


  • Tanga town is about 6 hours from Dar es Salaam. Satellite bus lines costs TSh 13,000

Also see Tanzania.



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

Reasonable access from here to the Tanzania safari parks.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Tanzania.


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