Tanga, a major industrial centre until the collapse of the sisal market, is Tanzania’s second-largest seaport and its third-largest town behind Dar es Salaam and Mwanza. Despite its size, it’s a pleasant-enough place with a sleepy, semicolonial atmosphere, wide streets filled with bicyclists and motorcycles, and faded charm. While there’s little reason to make a special detour to visit, it makes a convenient stop en route to or from Mombasa, and is a springboard to the beaches around Pangani.
The town centre is along the waterfront and easily covered on foot. About 1.5km south of here (Tsh2000 in a taxi), and south of the railway tracks in the Ngamiani section, is the bus station. About 2km east of town, reached by following Hospital Rd (which runs parallel to the water) is the quiet, residential Ras Kazone section, with several hotels and eateries.