Tanzania's Mainland Coast

Tanzania Mainland Coast

One of Tanzania’s best kept secrets, the mainland East Coast boasts magnificent stretches of broad, powder-soft beaches with a wild and expansive feel, set against a rich backdrop of lush mangrove forests, river deltas, cashew plantations and charming thatched villages. It’s best to avoid the tropical rains of March to May, and it can get very hot during the popular December to February holiday season, so the ideal time to visit is during the pleasantly warm June to October months.

Most travellers arrive via the bustling town of Dar Es Salaam,Tanzania’s largest city. Although not the capital, and still touched to some extent by poverty, this commercial and cultural hub is firmly set on a path towards prosperity. Many travellers choose not to stay overnight, but those who do will be pleasantly surprised by the town’s colourful markets, churches, museums and eclectic restaurants.

Although just a stone’s throw from the hubbub of Dar Es Salaam, both Ras Kutani and Pangani are lovely destinations in the northern reaches of Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline. Relatively accessible, yet remote in feel, both are ideal places for unhindered rest and relaxation before or after a busy safari. Depending on precise location, a small number of low-key activities might be offered including birdwatching, kayaking, horse-riding, sailing, snorkelling, excursions into indigenous forests with the promise of a glimpse of rare colobus monkeys, and trips to sleepy local villages where the centuries-old Swahili culture continues to thrive.

Mainland coast lodges tend to be small-scale, characterful, and few and far between. Levels of service vary, so it’s important to choose wisely. However, high quality accommodation can be found at superb value, particularly when compared to the more elevated prices on nearby Zanzibar Island.

Tanzania’s East Coast is perfect for adventurous travellers seeking a pure and restful barefoot beach experience, untainted by hectic activity schedules or commercial feel. While this is not a top destination for divers (there is no significant coral), and the coastline may not be home to the myriad activities Zanzibar and other islands can offer just offshore, it is without doubt one of Africa’s hidden treasures and a wonderful hide-away in its own right, offering laid-back tranquillity and great value for money in an enchanting and relatively untouched setting.


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Explore Selous and Ruaha National Parks in Southern Tanzania and relax on the Tanzania coast.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $8,254 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $697 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,614 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $697 per person economy class from London

Stunning bush camp offering a wildlife experience & pristine beach all in one location.

Tailor-made Luxury 8 days

Families from $3,070 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,077 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Ras Kutani

Tanzania Coast

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Unspoiled coastline
- Fresh water lagoon
- Ideal Honeymoon location

Lazy Lagoon

Tanzania Coast

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Secluded location
- Fresh sea food
- Rooms onto beach

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Safari Camp on the beach
- Game Drives
- Snorkelling and sand island picnics
- Dhow ocean sailing

The Tides Lodge

Tanzania Coast

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

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

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Thanks for all your help in making the arrangements, everything went so smoothly from landing in Jo’burg to departing a week later.

    We all had a fantastic time, Kirsty (our youngest) was able to go on all the game drives and we were very well looked after both on the drives and back at the lodge. The food was great, staff were all very friendly & nothing was too much trouble for them (e.g. providing hot milk for Kirsty at bedtime). The kids all enjoyed the rock pool during the day and we all loved the game drives.

    We were lucky enough to see all the big 5, with the additions of Cheetah & Wild Dogs. I think it was the second to last day before we managed to see some Hippo (and finally I’ve been able to take some photos of them - I have only ever seen them at night before). We had the adventure of being caught up with some Lionesses stalking a herd of Zebra (one of the younger Lionesses went a bit early & scattered the herd).

    We’re certainly aiming to go on safari again although it will be a while before we save enough to go again (maybe the kids will be taking us next time!)

    MissingJeff W reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 13 May 2019

  • I had just the most incredible time on the climb.

    The team were incredible and just so accommodating. I really only have good things to say as it was such a great experience.

    George was as good as a guide as it gets, very articulate and made sure I was comfortable the whole way up with frequent briefings.

    MissingFinn R reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 10 May 2019

  • We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.

    Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!

    We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.

    Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.

    MissingSuzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019

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