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10 Best Beaches in Dar es Salaam

10 Best Beaches in Dar es Salaam

When you are in the city, you want to ensure you get in a great holiday break. Tanzania has an amazing group of beaches and places that look like they are going to be out of a picture book. This is a place where people from all over the world flock and enjoy the beauty of the beaches. There are some in the city though and in the surrounding areas that will ensure that your breath is taken away.

There are amazing stretches of coastline and beaches that are going to guarantee some amazing experiences. Here are the 10 best beaches in the city of Dar es Salaam that you need to know about and ensure you never miss.

Mbezi Beach:

This is located outside of the city around 20km north of the center of the city. This is along Bagamoyo Road. The beach is untouched and is a great place to enjoy the beauty. It is a place that is perfect for diving as well. There are many other art galleries as well that are around the beach for a luxurious accommodation if needed. This is one of the most different and unusual beaches in the area

Coco Beach

This is a place that is always bursting with life and that is a great place to enjoy the beauty of life by the ocean, Coco beach is located along Toure drive and in the tranquil neighbourhood of Oyster bay - Dar es Salaam . The sand is completely clean and it is on the east side of the Msasani peninsula and is a great place for tourists. It is also a great place for night life and for eating out.

South Beach

This is a beach that is also known as Kingamboni that is a great choice from many of the local people. It is gorgeous and has a white sand beach as well as clear water. This is a place that is perfect for swimming and also has many different hotels and places for you to enjoy the beauty of the beach. This beach is off of Kigaboni Road. If you love live music this is a great place to head to.

Mikadi Beach

The name Mikadi comes from the tree that lives along the entire coastline of Tanzania. This is a place that you want to enjoy a long weekend. There is a lodge as well that is perfect on the beach. In addition to that, there are amazing places to go with a swimming pool, a bar, and one of the best burger places you will every try in your life and well known for its mix of amazing experiences.

Amani Beach

This is a mainland beach that is often forgotten. This one is amazing and the local people know it. Both people from the area expats are aware of the beauty of the location and people come here as a weekend getaway. This is a location that has tons of hotels that are all around the area. Some of the most well known include Amani Beach Cottage and Ras Kutani. Contact us for all your Transport needs

Bahari Beach

This is in the top of the city and is a piece of paradise as you navigate up Bagamoyo Road. The beach has a huge choice of hotels and lodges. There are all kinds of options as well for water sports when you are ready. There is also a local fishing village ensuring fresh seafood anytime. This is a surfer’s paradise year-round and it is possible to get the best waves and experience.

Map of Dar-es-salaam Beaches

How to Get to Tanzania?

There are three major international airports in Tanzania

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)situated between Arusha and Moshi, this is the most common entry point into the country for those exploring the Northern Safari Circuit that includes the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara. 

Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)a good option for those visiting Dar es Salaam or the Southern Safari Circuit that includes Selous Game Reserve, and Ruaha National Park. 

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ): for those heading straight to Zanzibar, this airport is just 5km (3.1 miles) outside of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital.

Most visitors access Tanzania by plane. As Tanzania has a limited selection of international flights, visitors typically arrive via Dubai, Amsterdam or Johannesburg, South Africa and take a connecting flight.

STUDENT VISA50 (Single 3 Months)

In Most cases, Passport, If you are visiting Tanzania, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. If you are a resident in Tanzania, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Pretty Easy, there are roughly roughly 40 nationalities may visit the country for tourism without obtaining a visa, for short stays. However, all other foreign citizens traveling to Tanzania or Zanzibar for tourism or leisure need a visa. The Tanzania online visa for tourism is quick and easy to obtain.

Countries allowed for visa-free travel to Tanzania
  • Antigua & Barbuda.
  • Anguilla.
  • Ashmore & Certie Island.
  • Bahamas.
  • Barbados.
  • Bermuda.
  • Belize.
  • Brunei.
6 Best Beach Destinations in Tanzania
  • Zanzibar: The Island of Spice. …
  • Mnemba Island: An Exclusive Escape. …
  • Pemba Island: Honeymooners’ Paradise. …
  • Mafia Island: A Hidden Gem. …
  • Chumbe Island: A Protected Coral Reef Sanctuary. …
  • Chole Island: A Peaceful Haven.

YES, and Kendwa Beach is the best; This is one of the few beaches on Zanzibar where the tide doesn’t really change, which means the clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.


Kizimkazi Beach; The best of Zanzibar’s beaches can be found on the south coast. Kizimkazi beach is where you’re guaranteed to see beautiful bottlenose dolphins in the ocean. Head to Kizimkazi if you wish to snorkel, dive or swim with the amazing creatures and other marine species in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar has more than 25 beautiful, white, palm fringed beaches, the sea is warm, and the atmosphere is easy.

 Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. It is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 km (16–31 mi) off the coast of the African mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones

Wildlife Safari from Dar es salaam

Often overlooked by many safari operators in favour of the northern parks, the southern parks of Nyerere National Park (formerly the Selous Game Reserve) and Ruaha National Park are worth serious consideration and are the preferred destination for most who are really keen on their safari. 

The benefits of heading to the south is that, where the very north of the Serengeti gives the numbers of game, along with some seclusion, the southern parks are still very much “frontier” parks and so are noticeably less busy (they also feature the same spread of species as the north, but more like a thousand, rather than 2 million). 

The second important point is that, where the average lodge cost in the north is around $700 per person per night, the lodges in the south, where they offer a similar experience, are around $2-300 less.

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The south and west of Tanzania are often overshadowed by the more famous and iconic  Serengeti  and Ngorongoro Crater in the north.  Some agents feel that the south and west are better suited to the seasoned safari-goer and don’t recommend them for a first timer  –  however we would disagree! We have sent thousands of first timers to southern Tanzania where they have had an excellent safari experience.

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Welcome to Serengeti Trips; For many years we have been planning trips the length and breadth of the Country. The secret to our success?  Our commitment to first-hand knowledge of every destination, lodge and activity we recommend. Collectively, we spend more than 365 days a year on safari to ensure you get the best, unbiased advice 

Whether you are dreaming of a first-hand meeting with the Big 5, getting up close and personal to a gorilla, witnessing one of the planet’s most spectacular natural events, or simply relaxing on a pristine beach, our experts will tell you how and where to do it.