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Introduction

Tanga is a port city in the north of Tanzania. It has well over 250,000 inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

Raskazone Swimming Club (Go past the Toyota garage on the corner and head north along the shore. About 1½ km from the centre of town). One of Tanga's two outdoor swimming clubs. There is an entry fee of Tsh 500 which is charged when there are enough people about to warrant an attendant (seldom!) A seemingly abandoned place which has steps leading to a clean(ish) beach with the water lapping right against the courtyard at high tide. There's a reasonably priced restaurant serving excellent fish in the evenings and a cold beer any time. A great place to have a relaxing evening swim and maybe a meal; it comes alive on Sunday afternoons with half the town's youth arriving to jump in, splash about and generally show off. Not to be missed. Cold showers available most of the time. TSh 500.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max32.3 °C32.8 °C33 °C31.2 °C29.9 °C29.3 °C28.7 °C28.6 °C29.2 °C30.1 °C31.2 °C31.9 °C
Avg Min23.5 °C23.6 °C23.8 °C23.4 °C22.4 °C21 °C20.1 °C19.8 °C20.2 °C21.3 °C22.4 °C23.1 °C
Rainfall35 mm27.8 mm108.1 mm243.1 mm290.9 mm86 mm58.9 mm69.6 mm73.2 mm115.8 mm134.1 mm86.3 mm
Rain Days3281415899109118

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Getting There

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

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Eat

Pizzeria Restaurant & Majubas (just opposite Mkonge Hotel), ☏ +255 78 4971655.
Tanga Yacht Club, ☏ +255 27 2644246.

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Sleep

Ocean Breeze hotel. A double is TSh 12,000 to 16000.
Sea View Inn, Independence Avenue, Tanga. Check-out: 10AM. Across the street from the coast, overlooking the sea as the name suggests. Breakfast is included, with a balcony and ensuite bathroom. Quite clean and in a prime location downtown. The restaurant has great fish and other dishes. Internet is available but faster internet is available at an internet cafe down Independence Ave. TSh 35,000.
New Tanga Hotel, Central Ward. Single room with own bathroom. TSh 12,000.
Mississippi Hotel, Chuda area. Single room with own bathroom. TSh 15,000.
San Siro Inn, street 14. Single room with own bathroom, tv. Tsh 18,000.
Panori Hotel, Ras Kazone Street (3km from down town), ☏ +255 27-2646044. Single/double room with own bathroom. Tsh 30,000.
Central City Hotel, Street no 8 Ngamiaic, ☏ +255 27-264-4476. Double room with own bathroom TSh 40,000.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Major tourist areas and cities have internet cafes and many hotels offer (free) wifi nowadays. Connections can be slower at more remote places.
Also safari oriented places offer some sort of internet connections as well, by computers or wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The International Dialling Code for Tanzania is +255, followed by area codes (e.g. (0)22 for Dar es Salaam, or (0)27 for Arusha). Calling from Tanzania, you dial 00 plus the relevant country code (44 for the UK, 1 for the USA).

There are four cell providers in Tanzania: Zain (the major one), Zantel, Vodacom and Tigo, who all offer roaming facilities. Connections are good in Tanzania, even in places such as Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and some parts of the Serengeti (the western and northern region of the Serengeti not). You can buy the prepaid cards in amounts ranging from $5 to $50. You can even buy a cell phone while in Tanzania. The price for a simple cell phone ranges between $55 and $80.

Avoid roaming charges with you home cellphone and turn it off. Instead, use a local SIM card or just wifi.

Post

Tanzania Posts Corporation is the national postal services of Tanzania. There are post officies in most major cities and towns throughout the country, which are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am to noon. Services are generally quite reliable though not very fast. Prices for international airmal services start at around 500-600 TSHS to other countries in East Africa and 700-900 TSHS to Europe and North America for postcards and letters up to 20 grams. Small packages start at around 2,000-3,000 TSHS, but it's generally better to do business with international parcel services like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx.

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