Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s finest beach destinations including the Zanzibar Archipelago. Beautiful islands with world-class coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches stretch up and down Tanzania’s coast.
The close proximity to Tanzania’s safari parks makes Tanzania the finest and most affordable safari and beach destination in Africa.
With miles and miles of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees and luxurious lodges, it’s no wonder that Zanzibar Island is the perennial destination for those seeking some sand and sun after a safari. Meanwhile Pemba, located just north of Zanzibar Island, may not have the cotton-white beaches of Unguja (referred to as Zanzibar Island) however, its diving is world-class. In the south, Mafia Island revivals Pemba as an ‘off the beaten track’ escape thanks to its wonderful sea life spotting, especially during whale shark and turtle season, and its laidback atmosphere.
Made even more special for the fact that it is often overlooked, Tanzania’s mainland coast is virtually untouched by tourism. Head just south of Dar es Salaam and you’ll fall right into the cosseting arms of Ras Kutani – one of our all-time favourite beach lodges.
Zanzibar is everything you imagine of an Indian Ocean Island – mile upon mile of beautiful beaches lined with palm trees and turquoise waters. The relaxed pace of island life is evident the moment you step off the plane.
Tanzania’s mainland coast is often overlooked as travelers head to Zanzibar. We are big fans of the region and include a few private islands on this list, the majority virtually untouched by tourism.
Pemba is the largest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Located north of Zanzibar itself, Pemba has only a scattering of top properties but a wonderfully off the beaten track feel and laid back approach to island life.
Mafia is a sleepy island located south of Zanzibar. With only a few good properties and limited good beach, days are spent exploring exposed sand bars, fishing and diving. Scuba is seriously good here, especially in whale shark season.