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Written by: Juan Proll on 18 January 2023

After your safari, off to the beach? We take you to the best beaches in Tanzania

Best beaches on Zanzibar

With Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti and many other trekking and safari options, visitors to Tanzania are in for a treat. The many beaches along the coast and offshore islands are an added bonus. This is beach holiday and relaxation at its finest. I am going to present you some of the most beautiful and best beaches in Tanzania as well as accommodation.

Best beaches in Tanzania

Zanzibar Archipelago

Even though Zanzibar is not exactly an insider tip, it still retains much of its beguiling exoticism. The beaches of the main island of Unguja, which is what most people refer to when they talk about Zanzibar, could be an entire blog post in themselves. I would like to recommend the following two beaches for their diversity:

Nungwi Beach

Nungwi beach is without a doubt one of the most vivid beaches on Zanzibar’s main island, Unguja. During high season, this northern tip of the island can get a bit crowded. The beach has plenty of high-quality hotels and resorts. The neighbouring town of Nungwi offers plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. Nungwi beach is a scenic beach with a vast expanse of soft white sand and clear blue ocean.

Z-Hotel Nungwi beach
Photo: Z-Hotel

Paje Beach

Located on the East Coast of Unguja, Paje Beach is a popular backpackers’ destination. There are also plenty of beach hotels and hostels that make it a great place for a beach holiday. Romantic sunrises and water sports make this beach truly special. Paje and its surroundings are ideal for kitesurfers. The reef breaks here have also proved to be popular with surfers, although they require a few minutes of paddling at low tide to reach them. For us, Paje is one of the best beaches in Tanzania.

Mwezi Boutique resort best beach Tanzania
Photo: Mwezi Boutique Resort, between Paje and Jambiani Beach

Mafia Island – Utende Beach

Mafia island lies south off the coast of Dar es Salaam. The surrounding waters allow those with oxygen tanks and snorkelling gear to immerse themselves in a fairytale world. This is mainly due to its protected location, the small neighbouring islands and the close-by coral reef. The island of Utende and its beaches are part of the Mafia Island marine park. Even though you need to pay extra for a visit, you will find yourself surrounded by a beautiful paradise of white sand and turquoise water. During sunrise, wooden dhow boats with traditional sail rigging make for a romantic scene. Certainly one of the best beaches in Tanzania!

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Kilwa Masoka – Jimbizi Beach

Jimbizi Beach is located off the beaten track in Kilwa Masoka, a harbour city on the mainland in south-eastern Tanzania. A beautiful, relaxing beach with soft sand and flat, warm water awaits you. Because the water is shallow, you can easily spend hours in the water strolling across the sandbanks. Some parts, however, are a bit rocky. The good thing is that the beach is in a sheltered cove, where you can find shade under some palm trees or baobabs. But you need to be a bit careful – make sure its fruits will not fall onto your head.

Ungindoni – Family Beach

One beach that we can wholeheartedly recommend to everyone is a family beach in Ungindoni, south-east of Dar es Salaam. As you can tell by its name, it truly is a family beach. The golden sand stretches for more than 1 km along the turquoise waters. The flat, riff-free ocean access is safe for any age group. There are spots for picnics, sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, toilets, and restaurants. However, only the palm trees in the back row offer some form of shade to shelter you from the hot sun. There are kayaks and jet-skis for those who are interested in water sports. It is also possible to play volleyball at this beach. It can become pretty busy during high season. But on the other hand, you will meet a lot of local people.

Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park offers the unique opportunity in East Africa to combine a game drive followed by a swim in the Indian Ocean. First, you can gaze at wild animals like elephants, buffaloes, lions, giraffes, sable antelope, and many more. Then you can jump into the Indian Ocean from miles of unspoilt beaches. But, of course, only, if there is no low tide. From safaris in open jeeps, boat trips at the southern end of the beach into the Wami River to see hippos and crocodiles, to swimming and snorkelling off the coast: you will surely get your dose of adrenaline here.

Best beaches Tanzania

From our point of view, those are the most beautiful and best beaches in Tanzania, and we hope this will help you to decide on your pick. You are looking for a great beach just for a day trip? These are the most beautiful beaches on Tanzania’s uninhabited islands.

If you have any questions or would like us to help you plan your trip to Tanzania, we are here for you. We are always well-informed about the current situation. So, do not hesitate to contact us!

Author: Juan Proll

Traveling has always been Juan Proll's great passion: three years in Latin America, two years in Southeast Asia and Oceania as well as short trips of up to nine months in Europe, Central America, and North Africa. In 2010, he decided to quit his job in Germany as an adult education teacher and head of department for migration issues and to become a ranger in South Africa. Juan has been traveling across Africa since 2011, traveling to southern and eastern Africa and also climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Beforehand, he completed his nature guide training in South Africa and worked in a Big Five game reserve. With further training and intensive self-study to become a cultural guide, Juan has since expanded his field of activity beyond the natural world to include the countries, cultures, and its people. In mid-2013 he joined Africa-Experience and has been guiding travelers through Africa as a safari guide ever since. Juan is a member of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa.

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