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Tanzania’s Swahili Coast is nearly always overlooked as visitors flood to the more famous Zanzibar Archipelago.

Those who do look closer however will discover one of Tanzania's most beautiful wilderness areas.

Beaches and Swahili towns

The beaches are idyllic - long stretches of deserted sand, interspersed with sleepy Swahili towns and tiny fishing villages. Once, the towns were important centers of trade, and home to Arab slavers, Swahili merchants and, later on, German colonials. Nowadays the trade has largely moved elsewhere and towns are quiet and gently crumbling.

The beautiful beaches however, remain. Stunning hideaways can be found amidst the tropical languor that pervades the coast and that soon catches up with visitors too.

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Places to visit in Tanzania's Swahili Coast

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Tanzania's Swahili Coast, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring Tanzania's Swahili Coast

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Tanzania's Swahili Coast, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Tanzania's Swahili Coast

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    Places in and around Tanzania's Swahili Coast

    Accommodation choices for Tanzania's Swahili Coast

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tanzania's Swahili Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Bar at The Tides

      The Tides

      First Class

      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.

    • Fanjove Private Island Lodge, Songo Songo Archipelago

      Fanjove Private Island Lodge

      Medium

      Fanjove Island is the jewel in the crown of the Songo Songo Archipelago, and is home to Fanjove Private Island Lodge.

    • The pool at Ras Kutani

      Ras Kutani

      First Class

      Ras Kutani is very peaceful and very relaxing. The staff are extremely friendly, the food excellent and atmosphere welcoming. It is ideal for a three or four night stay either before or after any safari.

    • Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam City

      Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

      Medium

      The Southern Sun Dar es Salaam is an international-style hotel with good facilities. Whilst not an exciting hotel with lots of character, it is ideally situated in Dar and has friendly staff and good food.

    • Suite, Oyster Bay Hotel

      Oyster Bay Hotel

      Deluxe

      The perfect place to wash off the dust after a safari or to relax and recover after an overnight flight. This is arguably one of the best small hotels in Dar es Salaam. The food is wonderful, the pool cool and inviting.

    Ideas for experiencing Tanzania's Swahili Coast

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Tanzania's Swahili Coast, and which use the best local guides.

    • Diving at Fumba Beach Lodge

      Snorkel & Dive Tanzania's Reefs

      Tanzania's Swahili Coast

      Tanzania's coast offers some wonderful snorkeling and swimming opportunities, especially the islets and beautiful coral shelves of Chole Bay.