Tanzania benefits from a wonderful stretch of coastline, blessed with white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, historic Swahili ports, thatched villages and magnificent marine life. For those looking to end the thrill and intensity of a safari with some relaxing beach time, the Tanzanian Coast is beautiful, easily accessible and completely unspoiled.
Often overlooked in favour of neighbouring Zanzibar, the tropical coastline directly to the north and south of Dar es Salaam, is blessed with some glorious beaches, offering much of the appeal that first made Zanzibar popular; secluded lodges, pristine diving and a friendly Swahili culture. But while others flock to Zanzibar’s Spice Islands, if you choose to end your safari winding down on the mainland coast, you’ll be treated to tranquil stretches of almost empty sands.
While the beaches here may be less manicured, they are truly stunning and just how nature intended. We can recommend relaxing in a hammock, cocktail in hand, looking out at the glittering turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and feeling the type of peace and tranquillity that can be hard to find in the 21st century.
For those who like to be active, there’s plenty to keep you busy. We can arrange for you to explore the pristine coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, with a spot of snorkelling, or animal lovers can experience the thrill of turtle-hatching on the sheltered beach at Ras Kutani. For those looking for culture, we suggest visiting ancient Swahili ruins, or exploring the charming fishing villages that line the shores, exuding a laid-back charm. But if it’s wildlife that pulls your strings, head to Saadani, the only national park in Africa which offers both safari and beach in the same location.