Tanzania Beach Holidays

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Tanzania Beach Holidays

While most travellers visit Tanzania first and foremost for its spectacular national parks and game reserves, its beaches also rank among the most beautiful in Africa! Indeed, in Tanzania you can quite easily combine the two, as some of its national parks, such as Saadani and Mahale, boast fabulous beaches as well as great game viewing.

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Featured itineraries

Mwiba and Matemwe

Spend 3 days exploring the exclusive Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in the southern Serengeti followed by 4 nights on the northern coast of Zanzibar on this luxury safari & beach combo.

Destination

  • Zanzibar
  • Tanzania

Experience

  • Beach Holidays
  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from £5500 pp

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Mafia Island (Butiama)

Low-key, 7-night beach break to Mafia Island's Butiama Lodge - enjoy a spot of winter sun on one of East Africa's least-developed islands.

Destination

  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Experience

  • Beach Holidays

Prices from £1100 pp

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Southern Tanzania and Pangani Beach

Southern Tanzanian safari, visiting the game reserves of Selous and Ruaha, and the Pangani coastal region. This 14-day safari itinerary offers an excellent alternative to the more popular Northern circuit, allowing you to see some of Tanzania's less-visited game parks and reserves.

Destination

  • Tanzania

Experience

  • Beach Holidays
  • Safari and Wildlife Holidays
  • Honeymoons and Weddings

Prices from £2995 pp

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Accommodation

236 Hurumzi

Located in the heart of Stone Town, 236 Hurumzi rises above other Stone Town guesthouses by providing elegant, traditionally furnished, airy rooms and a Tower Top Restaurant with a stunning view.

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Amani Beach Hotel

Strategically located on a glorious shoreline, with its own landing strip for light aircraft, Amani Beach Hotel is a centre of activity for flying safaris to the Selous Game Reserve and southern game parks of Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar and Mafia Islands.

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Baraza Resort and Spa

A classic Zanzibar beach holiday retreat, Baraza Resort occupies a stunning spot on Bweju Beach on the south-east coast of the island.

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Bluebay Beach Resort

Bluebay Resort is a medium-sized resort located on the eastern coast of Zanzibar, in Kiwengwa. One of our preferred four-star hotels on the island, it occupies an extended stretch of beach in an uncrowded area.

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Breezes Beach Club

Breezes Beech Club is one of Zanzibar's original five-star beach resorts, and it remains one of the best. It enjoys a marvellous location on Bwejuu Beach, on Zanzibar's quiet south-eastern coast.

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Butiama Lodge

Butiama is located on one of the longest beaches on Mafia Island, where it offers rustic yet comfortable beach bungalows.

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Chole Mjini Treehouse Lodge

Chole Mjini is one of Africa’s most unique eco-lodges. Situated on tiny Chole Island within the Mafia Archipelago, it consists of six fabulous treehouses, set amidst the mangrove forest on the north-western shore of the island, overlooking Chole Bay.

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Chumbe Island Lodge

Chumbe is a wonderful island resort that is accessible only by boat. A charming eco-lodge, it is located within the Chumbe Island Coral Park, and provides access to some of the most beautiful coral gardens in the world.

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Constance Aiyana

Constance Aiyana is a modern, upmarket lodge on the little-visited island of Pemba. It offers a stylish stay on this otherwise undeveloped island.

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Dhow Palace

Dhow Palace is a charming 30-room guesthouse, converted from a former Omani mansion, with a superb location in the centre of Stone Town.

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Fanjove Island

Fanjove Island is a spectacular private island retreat sitauted 20km off the coast of Tanzania. Offering private island luxury at affordable rates, it is one of Tanzania's standout beach retreats.

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Fumba Beach

Fumba Beach is an small, stylish lodge situated on the little-visited Fumba Peninsula. It's a lovely, intimate retreat, with its own PADI dive centre.

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Fundu Lagoon

Fundu Lagoon is an exclusive retreat with a wonderful location on the island of Pemba, Zanzibar's little, and less-visited, neighbour. It offers stylish accommodation and a marvellous stretch of beach.

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Gold Zanzibar

Gold Zanzibar is a medium-sized 5-star resort with an enviable position on one of Zanzibar's finest and least tidal beaches, Kendwa.

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Greystoke Camp

One of Tanzania's best-kept secrets, this most unique of resorts is hidden away on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, at the foot of the Mahale Mountains, home of the largest population of Chimpanzee in the world.

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Hotel Riu Palace

Opened in 2013, the Hideaway of Nungwi is one of Zanzibar's best upmarket beach resorts, offering stylish accommodation and a wonderful location on the north-west coast of the island.

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Karamba

Situated in the fishing village of Kizimkazi, within the Menai Bay Conservation Area, Karamba Resort is a discreet retreat that stands out from the mega-resorts that dominate much of Zanzibar's coastline.

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Kilindi

Kilindi is an intimate boutique resort located on Zanzibar's north-western coast. Once owned by Björn Ulvaeus (of Abba!), its stylish design combines Scandinavian cool with traditional Swahili motifs.

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Kisampa Bush Retreat

Kisampa Bush Retreat (formerly Wami River Camp) lies on a high ridge in a wild, pristine area overlooking the Wami River and floodplains, just outside Saadani National Park.

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Kisiwa House

Kisiwa House is one of Stone Town's oldest and loveliest traditional guesthouses. It's located on a quiet residential street just outside the centre of the historic town and accommodates no more than 20 guests.

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Kungwe Beach Lodge

Located on the edge of Lake Tanganyika in Mahale National Park, Kungwe Beach Lodge enjoys one of the most remote and beautiful locations in east Africa.

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Manta Resort

One of the first resorts to open on Pemba, the Manta Resort enjoys a fabulous location on a long stretch of beach on the far north of the island – a 90-minute drive from the island’s capital, Chake-Chake.

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Matemwe Beach Village

Matemwe Beach Village is one of Zanzibar's very best mid-range resorts, with a wonderful location on the north-eastern coast of the island, and its own PADI dive centre.

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Matemwe Lodge

Matemwe Lodge (formerly Matemwe Bungalows) occupies a wonderful location on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, on a high coral cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and, in the distance, Mnemba Island.

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Save 25% on long stays at Asilia safari camps

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Matemwe Retreat

Matemwe Retreat is located on a beautiful stretch of private land opposite the Mnemba Atoll, with access to marvellous beach and reefs. This highly exclusive retreat has just four villas.

Special Offer

Save 25% on long stays at Asilia safari camps

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Mawimbi Villa

Mawimbi is a fabulous private villa situated on Ushongo Beach, Pangani. Mawimbi Villa comes with a complement of staff, including a host, butler and private chef.

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Mbweni Ruins

Mbweni Ruins is an intimate resort situated in the upmarket garden suburb of Mbweni, 6km - or a 10 minute drive - from Stone Town.

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Mkoma Bay Tented Lodge

Mkoma Bay Tented Lodge is a luxury beach resort located on Tanzania's quiet northern coast, just north of Pangani. Remote and peaceful, it offers a good alternative to the busier resorts down south and on Zanzibar.

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Mnarani Beach Cottages

Mnarani Beach Cottages are located on Zanzibar's quiet northern coast, just outside the village of Nungwi. One of Zanzibar's best low-cost options, Mnarani offers lovely rooms and great beach access away from the crowds.

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Mnemba Island Lodge

Mnemba Island Lodge is one of Zanzibar's finest private island lodges, offering the very best in ‘desert island’ style exclusivity and barefoot luxury.

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Ocean Paradise Resort

Ocean Paradise Resort is an upmarket beach resort with a fine location on Zanzibar's North East Coast, offering comfortable makuti-thatch rooms and a wealth of amenities.

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Pole Pole Resort

Pole Pole Resort is the definition of "barefoot luxury", a stylish, Italian-owned beach lodge with just seven guest rooms and a wonderful location in a quiet bay on the untrodden island of Mafia.

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Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach Hotel enjoys a peaceful location in a secluded cove on Zanzibar's less-developed eastern coast. A simple, unpretentious beach lodge, it enjoys access to a beautiful stretch of beach.

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Ras Kutani

Please note: Ras Kutani is currently closed. Ras Kutani is an isolated beach resort set on a stretch of wild coastline some 35km south of Dar es Salaam. Remote and isolated, accessing Ras Kutani requires crossing a calm lagoon by boat.

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Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel

Ras Nungwi Beach Hotel occupies a marvellous location on Zanzibar's northernmost tip, where it enjoys privileged beach access and great diving from its on-site dive centre.

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Saadani Safari Lodge

Saadani Safari Lodge is a unique combination of a beach and safari lodge, located in the little-visited Saadani National Park on Tanzania's mainland coast, among the only safari parks in East Africa to enjoy direct beach access.

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Shooting Star Lodge

Shooting Star Lodge is a stylish yet unfussy beach retreat situated on a coral cliff overlooking Kiwengwa Beach on Zanzibar's eastern coast. Family owned and run, it has a relaxed, easy atmosphere.

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Sunshine Hotel

The Sunshine Hotel is a lovely, low-key beach resort situated on Matemwe Beach, on the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar.

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Swahili House

Situated close to the centre of Stone Town, the Swahili House is a classic Zanzibari guesthouse, converted from an old 19th-century merchant's home. It offers 22 guest rooms and a lovely rooftop restaurant.

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Tembo House Hotel

Tembo House Hotel is a Stone Town landmark. An old converted Swahili home with a long history, Tembo once served as the American consulate's residence on Zanzibar. Today it is one of Zanzibar's best guesthouses.

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The Palms

The Palms is one of Zanzibar's most luxurious beach lodges, a lavish 6-room private beach retreat situated on the southeastern coast of the island, between sister lodges Baraza and Breezes Beach Club.

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The Tides

The Tides Lodge in Pangani occupies a beautiful, largely unspoiled stretch of beach on Tanzania's northern Swahili coastline. It's a delightful, reasonably priced alternative to the busier resorts on Zanzibar.

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Unguja Resort

Unguja Resort is a small, discrete beach lodge situated in Kizimkazi, on the southernmost tip of Zanzibar, an area otherwise known as the Bay of 1,000 Dolphins.

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Zanzibar Coffee House

Zanzibar Coffee House is a lovely little guesthouse situated in downtown Stone Town. It occupies an old 19th-century home, the ground floor of which functions as a coffee shop and cafe.

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Zanzibar Serena Inn

Zanzibar Serena Inn is one of Stone Town's most prominent hotels, a large, 51-room property converted from two 18th-century buildings and situated on the waterfront at the heart of town.

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Botswana Small Group Safari

Just superb. So many great memories and lovely and interesting people met.

Jonathan