The Tides Lodge


Ushongo Beach, Pangani Coast

Accommodation Type

Beach Lodge

Accommodation Level
Price Guide

The Tides Lodge

For a beach getaway far from the crowds, a stay on the mainland coast is perfect. The Tides offers good quality accommodation on the palm-fringed Ushongo Beach.  There’s plenty of space, with just 10 rooms.

This area of the Tanzania coast, north of Dar es Salaam and Saadani National Park, is relatively unexplored; a quiet little gem, you might say. Whilst it may not be an island, it certainly offers an excellent alternative to the much busier Zanzibar.  Your stay at The Tides offers a relaxed stay on an often practically deserted beach and you will not be bothered by beach hustlers. You can walk the beach for miles in both directions and possibly only see the occasional fisherman.

Aside from its laid-back atmosphere, it’s a wonderful place to relax and recharge, and there are plenty of activities on offer at The Tides. Just offshore is the Maziwe Marine Reserve. At low tide the Maziwe sandbank emerges and becomes an amazing snorkelling and diving spot. There are village visits and much more on offer.

Add the sun, the sea and the beach together with delightful unpretentious cuisine, using only the freshest of ingredients (though a limited choice), add a smattering of friendly local service and a laid back, relaxed vibe and you have a recipe for a wonderful beach break – far from the crowds.

The Tides are offering you the chance to stay with them in high season, for the same price as low season holidays during 2019, so no matter when you choose to travel it will be at the same great price. For example, enjoy 5 nights half board in a beach cottage for just £673 per person (based on 2 people sharing, and including transfers from the airstrip).

If you would like to travel with your family, 2 adults and 2 children under 12, then why not try a beautiful 2 bed family house. Enjoy 5 nights in a Family Beach House for just £589 per person (based on the cost of 2 adults and 2 children combined and divided by 4 and including transfers from the airstrip).

Times to Go

The Tides is open all year round.  Being just south of the Equator and on the coast, they only experience mild temperature fluctuations throughout the year. If you want to avoid the rains then don’t travel in April/May, the peak of the long rains, or November when the coast experiences the short rains.
There are times (September commonly) when there is significant seaweed, but the lodge staff clean the beach daily.

The Tides Lodge highlights

  • Secluded beach front location
  • Offshore sandbanks and reefs
  • Good alternative to Zanzibar
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Scuba diving
  • Experience bush and beach

The Tides Lodge location

The Tides Lodge


  • 10 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome.


  • Swimming pool
  • Beach-front bar


(All activities optional)

  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaks
  • Scuba Diving
  • Village tour
  • Turtle hatching (seasonal)
  • Dingy Sailing
  • Saadani National Park safari
  • Pangani Tour
  • Fishing

The Tides Lodge rooms

Beach Cottages

Set amongst swaying palms are the 7 beach cottages. Each one overlooks the sea and has its own private shaded veranda and sun-bathing area on the beach front.  Inside the rooms are spacious and bright. Mozzie nets cover the king size beds and windows allow the ocean breezes to flow. Furniture is simple and comfortable, in keeping with a beach lodge. The large en-suite bathroom has twin basins and a walk-in shower.

Upepo Suite

For maximum privacy this suite is set back in the lush gardens of the lodge. The two storey thatch building offers sleeping accommodation and a balcony upstairs and a lounge and bathroom downstairs, together with another veranda.  Extra beds can be put in the lounge to accommodation families.  Like the cottages, the suite has a dedicated private sunbathing area on the beach.

Hibiscus house

Great for families. There are 2 large double bedrooms as well as a central living room and a dining table. The veranda provides a shady spot to sit and chill, and there’s a private beach area with parasols too.

Embedodo house

A wonderful private getaway that nestles in the Lodge’s gardens. There are two double en-suite bedrooms, a cosy central living area, a kitchen. Out front is a large shaded veranda, great for relaxing as you look out to sea. It’s perfect for a family or two couples travelling together.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“The Tides is committed to uplifting the local community. They hire locally and invest in training and development of their staff. Room to Read, a local charity aimed at improving child literacy is supported by the lodge. The Tides are always looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint – solar power for heating water and a ban on plastic water bottles go some way towards achieving these aims.”

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.