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The Tides Lodge

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- One-day safari
- Big game fishing
- Reef snorkelling and diving
- On-beach accommodation

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Overview

The Tides Lodge is located along the Tanzanian Coast and offers a range of activities and private facilities suitable for all.

Guest accommodation is comprised of seven cottages, a suite suitable for honeymooners, and a villa, all lining the beachfront. Each of the cottages features a private veranda overlooking the sea, private sunbathing area, large en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers, and hot water heated by solar energy. The villa is a six-bedroom self-contained house with its own chef, swimming pool, and high-speed internet.

The communal swimming pool, beachfront restaurant and bar, and massage facilities found in the main lodge are open to all guests. In catering for everyone's needs, the cuisine here is created using fresh ingredients and local chefs, who are more than happy to speak with guests about the food to accommodate any special dietary requirements.

As with most resorts along the Tanzanian coast, activities at Tides Lodge are primarily water-based. Guests can snorkel around the Maziwe Island Marine Reserve and go SCUBA diving in the Indian Ocean. Uniquely, guests can go big game fishing with an experienced skipper. The resort will then prepare anything caught on the trip. Tides Lodge can also organise Tanzanian safaris to the Saadani National Park, which is 50km away, for those wanting to see big five game and experience the African bush without dedicating more than a day to one safari.

This is also a fantastic place for families. The Hibiscus Family House consists of two large double bedrooms suitable for six guests, a central living area, and a dining table for private dining in the house. A private veranda and beach area means families can enjoy time to themselves. The Upepo Suite and large villa can also be used by families and extra beds can be arranged. There is no minimum age. Whilst the resort does not have a family program, its swimming pool, kayaks, safe sea-swimming, and snorkelling activities are fun for children.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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