The name Pangani comes from the river that runs from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro through the northern part of the historical town of Pangani. Pangani was established before the Sixth Century BC. It was instrumental in the slave trade era as the port was used to move ivory and slaves to Europe, America and other places. The historical sites are strong reminders of the German, British and Arabic influences of its past. Today Pangani is a treasure to the tourist not only for its historical sites but for its white sandy quiet beaches, flanked with coconut trees. The primary industry in this area is fishing.