Downtown Dar es Salaam isn’t likely to be a tourist hotspot any time soon. We lived there, and love it, but unless you’re lucky enough to be staying at the wonderful Oyster Bay, your stay here’s unlikely to be more than a brief stopover between flights.
Heading north and south of Dar es Salaam are miles and miles of unspoilt coastline. These remain largely undeveloped and unexplored, and are often described as the Zanzibar of forty years ago, making them ideal for a peaceful beach holiday. Ras Kutani’s tucked away on a remote lagoon beside the Indian Ocean, while Pangani’s a charming crumbling town. Visiting here feels like stepping back into a gentler time, where ladies sing as they fish in the sea, elderly gentlemen wheel their bicycles along the beach, and the sun rises slowly over the ocean.
Our pick of places to stay on the Tanzanian Coast: