Tanzania Beach Holiday

Tanzania’s reputation as one of Africa’s greatest safari destinations often overshadows the fact that it has over 800 kilometres of dazzling Indian Ocean coastline to explore – and that’s before you get to exotic Zanzibar and Tanzania’s other tropical islands.

With enough variety to make it the ideal finale to a Tanzania safari or as a stand-alone vacation, a Tanzania beach holiday will appeal to every traveller. The beaches themselves are some of the finest on the East African coast while the range of world-class dive sites will delight scuba divers and snorkellers. Honeymooners will love the exclusive and indulgent beachfront lodges while parents will appreciate the range of family-friendly accommodation and activities available.

But it’s not all about beaches and coral reefs: the highly diverse Tanzanian coast has a fascinating blend of cultures and cuisine. Spend time exploring back-street markets, tasting local dishes and interacting with local traders; the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed though – due to the strong Islamic influence – somewhat conservative, and you’re advised to respect local traditions and sensibilities.

Pack lightly for your Tanzania beach holiday: it’s usually pretty hot, sunny and humid all year round with temperatures averaging between 25 and 30°C. There are however distinct rainy seasons: try to avoid the coast during the long rains of March to April (when a number of lodges close) but there is less to worry about with the short rains of November to January.

It’s generally agreed that the best time to go on a Tanzania beach holiday is during the drier and milder June to September months; the December – January holiday period is also popular but temperatures are high and there is some rain around.

We’ve split the coast into two distinct travel regions – the coast itself and Tanzania’s islands, including Zanzibar.

What travellers most enjoyed about Tanzania beaches
Beaches

Beaches

Cultural interactions

Cultural interactions

Diving and snorkelling

Diving and snorkelling

Food and wine

Food and wine

Scenery

Scenery

Sunset cruises and boating

Sunset cruises and boating