A safari to Pangani

August 2005

Sitting on the beach After such an exciting safari to Tarangire/ Serengeti, I grab the chance to drive down to the coast to check out Pangani again and the two beach places there of Emanyani and Tides. Tati and I love the Indian Ocean and when ever we can, we visit to explore. Driving south of Kilimanjaro the scenery of the Usambara Mountains and The Maasai Steppe dominates and except for a few busses and trucks the roads are empty. The dry bush gives way to coastal greenery and at Muheza we turn off the hardtop road and back in time. These back country coastal roads are wonderful. Village life is so laid back and colorful. Children wave - adults too, and the bicycle takes over as the main form of transport. We arrived at Emayani at sunset and take a moonlit swim to wash away the day.

During the next few days we explored the small sand islands offshore, walk the deserted beaches for miles and I take off into the mangroves to look for rare birds.

Dinning at The Tides is a real treat and the food there is by far the best on the coast. But to sleep in the rustic palm rooms at Emanyani with miles of wild beach all around is the best sleeping ever. The months of June- Sept are cooler ones at the coast and the best time to visit.