Dar es Salaam beaches
Dar es-Salaam is the largest city and former capital of Tanzania, representing today administrative and trading center of the country. It’s architecture is a mixture of African, Arab, Indian and German influences, but much of this is now dwarfed by towering skyscrapers. The city lies on the Indian coast of Tanzania, and naturally is surrounded by beautiful beaches which draw both locals and visitors. Although many take the ferry to the island of Zanzibar for their beach holiday, there are plenty of options nearby.
You can find numerous beach resorts around Dar es Salaam. The fact is that beaches are often part of a hotel, but many of them are not exclusively for hotel guests, so anyone who orders a drink or lunch may use the facilities. Ddditional advantage is that the hotels keep the beaches clean and safe.
Kigamboni, also known as South Beach, is located in a peaceful area to the southeast of the city centre, and it is accessible by car and by ferry. The hotels offer outstanding facilities, but you may simply wish to rent a thatched parasol on the public beach.
For a more local flavor, you can go to Coco Beach on the east side of the Msasani. This beach is boasting a lively atmosphere, it features food stalls and hosts regular live music, which makes it a perfect place for younger population.
You can venture to the North Beach and it’s nearby White Sands Hotel at Jangwani Beach. From here you can catch the ferry to the small island of Mbudya. Spend the day on a fabulous beach and enjoy fresh fish straight from the Indian Ocean. Another island that makes for a perfect and relaxing getaway is Bongoyo. This island is surrounded by a marine reserve that provides fantastic snorkelling opportunities.