If you wished you’d stumbled on Zanzibar 40 years ago, we have a secret to let you in on: The Tides at Pangani-this is the sort of place where you could easily spend a day cloudspotting and dreaming of fresh fish for dinner. We were amongst the first to discover this charming lodge more than 10 years ago, but now it seems as if the world is catching on.
What’s the Tides really like?
Tranquil, unfussy, not entirely slick, but wholly delightful. A place of sandy toes, bicycles on the beach and languid afternoons. The Tides at Pangani has just seven pretty thatched cottages, located amongst the palm trees on the long sweep of empty golden beach. Inside they’re large, but fairly simple, with king-sized beds, ensuite bathrooms and a small private verandah. If you’re travelling with children, there’s a family house with two bedrooms and a central shared bathroom, while further back from the beach the Upepo suites are on two levels with a large bedroom upstairs, and a downstairs sitting room that can be converted into a children’s room.
The focal point of the Tides is the wooden beachfront bar and restaurant. Food is good, and based on what’s freshest on the day- as a result, there’s a strong emphasis on seasonal fruit (when it’s passion fruit season, don’t expect us to hold back), coconut and fish. Evening meals are usually a fixed menu, but the chef loves a challenge, so please let us know in advance so we can pass on any special requirements.
What can I do at The Tides? The pace of life in Pangani is pretty gentle, there’s a pool to dip your toes into, an offshore marine park (Maziwe Island) for diving and snorkelling, kayaks, dhows and dinghys available to hire at the lodge, and the chance to explore beautiful, limpid, crumbling Pangani or the local village- utterly authentic and as far from a canned “cultural village” as you can get!
Giving back at the Tides: In such a remote area, the Tides can’t be help to be part of the local community, and the lodge works closely with Pack for a Purpose, so if you want to do your bit, just ask us what’s needed, and we can supply you with a list of much-appreciated essentials to squeeze into your luggage allowance.
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