The Tanzanian Coast is perfect for people who don’t want to venture to Zanzibar or Mozambique, but want to add a beach extension to their Tanzanian safari. The coast is only an hour’s drive south of Dar es Salaam, and a beautiful one at that. The coastal vegetation is lush with palm and papaya trees and is interspersed with small farming villages. The beaches are lovely and often far more secluded than those of Zanzibar. Zanzibar offers more activities, diving in particular, that the mainland coast does not, but the tradeoff is far fewer crowds. The Tanzanian Coast’s rainy season is April, May, and November. Otherwise, the weather and water are very pleasant. There are few properties on the coast, our favorite being Ras Kutani.

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