Reasons to Visit
It is extremely easy to add some beach relaxation in Zanzibar after a tiring safari on the mainland; the beaches are stunning and diving is excellent. You don't have to travel far either as the island is only a 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the ideal location to combine a safari and beach break.
Tanzania has some of Africa's most famous and best national parks and reserves where you are guaranteed fantastic big cat sightings. The Serengeti, Selous and the Crater are just some of the best game viewing areas to visit.
Tanzania has more than 1,000 species of birds and some spectacular places to view them. Lake Natron is also the only known breeding ground for East Africa's millions of lesser flamingos which cover the lake between August and October.
The Mahale Mountains - towering almost 2km above the shore of Lake Tanganyika are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. There are currently around 900 which are habituated to humans, and tracking them is a magical experience.
One of the highlights of the Serengeti National park is the great annual migration which passes through this amazing wilderness. Up to 1.8 million wildebeest and zebra have been counted doing their annual trip in search of the sweet grasses and the rains.
Tanzania has an evocative mix of people and cultures with 120 ethnic groups making up the diverse population. The largest group are the Sukuma but perhaps the most memorable are the Maasai who you will often see in Northern Tanzania herding their cattle, goats and sheep.
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Africa and The Indian Ocean
This is a lovely small and friendly hotel on a great stretch of beach. The food is excellent and this is a perfect place to relax for a few days or preferably more.
The Tides is located on a secluded and idyllic stretch of coastline near to the village of Ushongo, an attractive coastal village about 12km south of Pangani. The lodge is situated on a fabulous and practically deserted beach and it is a superb little hideaway - discovered by very few. The Tides is a friendly lodge with a low key atmosphere.
Set along along the beach are seven pretty and spacious bandas as well as two bigger bandas which are used as a honeymoon suite and a family house. Each has rustic makuti-thatch roofs, Swahili furniture and lovely verandas. There are double and twin rooms with fans at the end of the bed to keep you cool and all have en-suite bathrooms. The larger family house has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a living area and large verandah. Finally there is the Upepo suite, set over two floors which serves as the honeymoon suite. Downstairs is a verandah, large lounge and spacious shower room, and upstairs is the master bedroom with king-sized bed and balcony with superb sea views.
There is a rustic beach bar situated right on the beach, a small shop, and a swimming pool set amongst tropical gardens. The restaurant adjoins the bar and specialises in seafood, bought fresh each day from the local fishing dhows (other meals can easily be arranged, do advise your specialist if you have any dietary requirements or preferences so we can forewarn the lodge).
Activities that can be arranged from the Tides include snorkel trips to the nearby Maziwe Island atoll, game fishing in the Pemba Channel, as well as windsurfing and kayaking. A variety of other activities can also be arranged through a local community tourism project in Pangani including walking tours of Pangani town, sunset cruises up the Pangani River, cycling tours of the coastline and surrounding sisal plantations.
Pangani has been largely bypassed by 20th century developments. It has a gorgeous beach and boat trips, snorkelling and walking are some of the activities to be enjoyed here.
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