Site description (2001 baseline)
The southern boundary of this coastal site, to the south of the town of Tanga, is formed by an extensive area of mangroves in relatively good condition. On the landward side of the site, a line 200 m above the high-tide mark is taken as the IBA boundary, as development in this zone would affect the mangroves and intertidal areas. The site includes saltpans at Mwarongo, which are relatively undisturbed and abut an area of Avicennia mangrove. The sand-spit on the mouth of the Kione river changes shape and size annually.
See Box for key species. Bird counts have only been conducted for part of the site, in 1995. The saltpans are potentially important feeding and roosting sites.
Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Tanga South. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/tanga-south-iba-tanzania on 27/09/2023.