Relax on the Tanzanian Coast

Stay on the mainland coast for a quiet alternative to an island beach escape.

Relax on the Tanzania Coast

6 days from £525 pp plus international flights.

The first place that springs to mind for a Tanzanian beach getaway is probably Zanzibar, however the mainland coast is coming into its own as Zanzibar gets busier.  The stretch of coastline to the north and the south of Dar es Salaam , often overlooked, can offer an excellent peaceful beach getaway – far from the crowds and tourist bustle. Shhh, don’t tell anyone else!

The mainland coast is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems with vast stretches of beach which are mostly untouched by tourism.  You don’t have to travel far from Dar es Salaam to escape the bustling city. These beautiful coastal destinations are easy accessible, though they will feel remote; the perfect spot for a bit of R&R. Due to tides and inlets, the water can sometimes seem murky and there may be seaweed, but it’s still safe to go in and swim, the water just won’t be the crystal clear shade of turquoise you might be hoping for.

Just 40km to the south of Dar is the beautiful Ras Kutani beach, home to one of our favourite resort lodges, also known as Ras Kutani. The beaches tend to be quiet and there’s a lack of noisy jet skis and speedboats in this area, so you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay at the beach.

A few hours north of Dar is Pangani. It’s all about low key activities here such as birding, snorkelling, sailing and kayaking or perhaps exploring indigenous forests or taking a trip to a small local village to experience Swahili culture, or quite simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beach with the waves lapping the shore while you relax under the shade of an obliging palm tree. The perfect way to start or end a safari.

Just south of Pangani is Saadani National Park where there are two additional properties. These lodges are coastal but the sea in this area is very shallow, so if you want to swim you have to walk out quite far (or choose Saadani Safari Lodge which has a pool). However, on the plus side, with Saadani National Park in the vicinity, you can get a bush and wildlife experience, right on the doorstep of the beach.

We think the mainland coast is one of Tanzania’s best kept secrets, offering excellent value for money. Bear in mind that this is not a great area for diving but if you are after peace and tranquillity then this is definitely an option worth considering.


  • Some stunning beaches
  • Much less busy than Zanzibar
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Excellent value for money
  • Easy access from Dar es Salaam

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Accommodation choices

We recommend two places to stay on the mainland coast.

The guide prices below are per person sharing (not including flights) and based on the lowest standard of room in August 2019 – high season – for 5 nights on full board, but not including park fees. We hope these give you an idea of costs, but for more specific advice and costings, please do get in touch with us.

Ras Kutani

  • Remote coastal location south of Dar
  • Stylish and upmarket beach lodge
  • Superb hospitality and service
  • Accessible by road or air

2020 guide price pp sharing (exc flights): 
from £1250

Includes: 5 nights full board, with all offers applied

The Tides

  • Good beach lodge north of Dar
  • Laid back, friendly atmosphere
  • Good beaches
  • Water sports and other activities

2020 guide price pp sharing (exc flights):
from £525

Based on high season for the price of low season including transfer from local airstrip

Tanzania Specialists

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to Tanzania.
Tell us what you want, and we will tailor make your perfect trip.

Call: 01473 599084