Northeastern Tanzania attractions

Nature Reserve in Amani Nature Reserve

Amani Nature Reserve

This reserve is located west of Tanga in the heart of the eastern Usambaras. Often overlooked, it’s a peaceful, lushly vegetated patch of montane forest humming with the sounds of rushing water, chirping insects and…
Ruins in Northeastern Tanzania

Tongoni Ruins

About 20km south of Tanga and just off the coastal road, the Tongoni ruins are set picturesquely amidst the baobabs on a low rise overlooking stands of mangroves and the sea. They include the crumbling remains of a …
National Park in Mkomazi National Park

Mkomazi National Park

Seldom-visited Mkomazi spreads along the Kenya border in the shadow of the Pare Mountains, its dry savannah lands contrasting sharply with the moist forests of the Pares. The main reasons for visiting are for the ex…
Historic Site in Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo Town

With its cobwebbed portals and crumbling German-era colonial buildings, central Bagamoyo, or Mji Mkongwe (Stone Town) as it’s known locally, is well worth exploration. The most interesting area is along Ocean Rd. He…
Cultural Centre in Usambara Mountains

Lutindi Cultural Tourism Project

Perched on the edge of the Usambara Mountains southeast of Lushoto is Lutindi and the Lutindi Cultural Tourism Project. Lutindi is the site of the first mental hospital in East Africa, and you can arrange a tour thr…
Ruins in Bagamoyo

Kaole Ruins

Just southeast of Bagamoyo are these atmospheric ruins. At their centre are the remains of a 13th-century mosque, which is one of the oldest in mainland Tanzania and also one of the oldest in East Africa. It was bui…
Arts Centre in Bagamoyo

College of Arts

Located about 500m southeast of Bagamoyo along the road to Dar es Salaam is this renowned theatre and arts college, home of the national dance company. When school is in session there are occasional performances, an…
Museum in Bagamoyo

Catholic Museum

About 2km northwest of town and reached via a long, mango-tree-shaded avenue is the Catholic mission and museum, one of Bagamoyo’s highlights, with well-labelled displays from Bagamoyo's heyday. In the same compound…
National Park in Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park

About 70km north of Bagamoyo along a lovely stretch of coastline, and directly opposite Zanzibar Island, is tiny Saadani, a 1000-sq-km patch of coastal wilderness. Unpretentious and relaxing, it bills itself as one …
Museum in Tanga

Urithi Tanga Museum

Tanga’s old boma has been rehabilitated, and now houses this small but worthwhile museum, with historical photos and artefacts from the area.