The long beaches of Tanzania’s mainland are not frequently visited when compared to the sister islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar just off the coast. Reasons for this might that it is relatively unknown and the long time to travel by road from Tanzania’s northern national parks and the game reserves in the south. Slowly but surely, the northern Swahili coast with its palm-fringed beaches are developing; Bagamoyo and Pangani especially being the main attractions.
What to do on the Tanzanian coast (Main Land)?
Apart from swimming and water activities such as diving, snorkeling, sailing and surfing, you can also visit the Sadaani National Park for a change from sun-filled days at the beach. The park offers game drives, boat trips and walking tours. Those interested in history and culture, would love Tanga and Bagamoyo with its architectural ruins and history of German and Arab influences.
The coast south of Dar es salaam also has some luxurious resorts and a few smaller hotels. These lay directly on the warm Indian Ocean, perfect for resting away from the maddening crowds.