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Location

Tanga is a small lazy township, 60 km south of the Kenyan border. The town itself is provincial compared to Dar es Salaam, but one can find most essentials in the two supermarkets.

Nestling on the southern side of the bay is the Tanga Yacht Club, a relaxed and friendly, family oriented Club which provides a safe anchorage for yachts all year round. This is a secure place for leaving your yacht and going on safari or flying out of the country.

Position:  05°03'S, 039°07'E (off the town).

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry.

See the main noonsite/Tanzania/Formalities page for full details of clearance.

This is usually the first port of entry into Tanzania if coming from the north, and a popular place to obtain clearance. Smaller than Dar es Salaam, the offices are closer together and the officials less busy.

Tanga Signal Station maintains a 24 hour watch. On entering Tanga Bay contact Tanga Signal on channel VHF 12 or 16. Captain C.J.E. Pearson, Harbour Master, Harbour Pilot and Commodore of Tanga Yacht Club will advise yachts on procedure during office hours.

Customs formalities are completed at the office on Dhow Wharf, beyond the commercial wharf. They are open between 0800 hrs until 1600 hrs, five days a week. You will need Clearance Papers from your last country of departure and a crew list for Customs.

Immigration is located in the center of Tanga town, close to the post office. Hours are from 0800 hrs to 1600 hrs. Monday through Friday, closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. For Immigration you will need a valid passport. Visas can be obtained from Immigration for a fee. Fee structure depends on your nationality.

Transire: If you have already checked into Tanzania, a Transire from your last Tanzanian port is required by Customs although recent reports suggest that this is seldom enforced. If you have already cleared into Tanzania, checking in with Immigration is not required.

Last updated:  September 2018

Docking

The yacht club in Tanga has made many improvements for visiting yachts and is very welcoming to visitors. There is a fee for the use of the facilities (see comments at the bottom of the page for details) and a secure dinghy dock. There is now the possibility for drying out on careening poles, although it is wise to bring ones own antifouling, as Tanzania itself produces only low quality paint.

The anchorage off the yacht club (pictured below, courtesy of Jack Hunt) is very safe, security wise and offers good protection especially in southerly winds. During the summer months, when the kaskazi (northerly) winds blow strong, Tanga's anchorage can be a bit uncomfortable, but never alarmingly so. The holding is excellent, in soft-ish mud.

Last updated:  September 2018

Yacht Clubs

Tanga Yacht Club
P.O. Box 346 , Tanga
Tel:(+255) 027 2644246 ,VHF Channel 71
Opening hours: Weekdays:10:00 -14:00, 17:00-22:00. Saturdays/Sundays & Holidays: 10:00-22:00
Located 2km from the centre of town, on main mini-bus route. There is a charge for membership of the yacht club (see comments at the bottom of the page for details). Laundry room and workshop available. Restaurant and bar.
Tom Sampson
Tom Sampson says:
Oct 09, 2018 09:20 AM

Reported by Jack Hunt of sy Barbara Ann:

Tanga yacht club has a weekly club fee of 40,000 TSH, which is a little less than 20$.
The bar does not accept cash but coupons valued at 10,000 TSH can be purchased to buy drinks, which are reasonably priced, a beer costing 1,500 TSH, a little less than 1$.
There is a bus stop about 500m from the yacht club where shuttle buses into town (2-3km) can be caught for 200 TSH. The better option when returning from town is to take a bejaji (tuk-tuk) costing 2,000 TSH.

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