Although Tanzania is popularly known for its rich African heritage and culture and its magnificient Safari Parks replete with all kinds of wildlife and fauna, Tanzania also has another treasure trouve in its vacation arsenal for beach bums – Golden Sand beaches with turquoise blue water that is so transparent that one can see the coral reefs lying on the sea bed in the shallower parts of the sea.
Best Beaches in Tanzania
If you are planning a first visit to Tanzania, most of your innate beach-relaxation thirst can easily be quenched by the islands and off-coast beaches in the Zanzibar Archipelago. If however, you do wish to venture to slightly lesser known beaches, we have got those covered in this list as well.
Saadani National Park
Eagle eyed readers will be quick to point out that this is not a beach destination but instead is a Game Reserve, and would be right. Saadani National Park is one of the rare destinations in Tanzania that gives a unique experience of a wildlife Safari and also a stunning and relaxing beach experience at the coast. Ever seen lions, hippos, Elephants and Giraffes wander about in a beach? At the Saadani coastline, you will find the opportunity to see these mind boggling spectacle.
Known especially for its historic significance , what was once an important trading route and a hub for the English to transport goods to Australia and the rest of Africa is now a Safari-beach lovers dream. The indigenous communities carry the heritage of their ancestors with pride and a happy smile follows tourists throughout the beach.
Most of the indigenous communities are now largely confined to fishing and other allied activities and the beach is rarely visited by mainstream tourists but in our experience, whoever has visited this island has fallen in love with it, which is why we place it at #1.
Nearest Landmark: Located 200 Kms from Dar-es-salaam
Region: Northern Circuit
Size: Around 1,000 sq kms
Attractions: Safari excursions, beach lodges, cultural trips, deep sea reef diving, snorkelling
Mafia Island Beach
Due to its unique cultural influence, exciting marine activities in and around the island and its offbeat reputation, the Mafia island steals the #2 spot on our list.
Nearest Landmark: Located 50 Kms from Stone Town in Zanzibar
Region: Zanzibar Autonomous Region
Size: Around 1,000 sq kms
Attractions: Museums, Luxury Beach Lodges, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Snorkelling, Turtle conservation Aquariums, cultural walks and road-trips to Zanzibar’s Stone town.
Expert tip: Renting a vehicle from Zanzibar stone town to get to Nungwi is the cheapest and most convenient option