The Tides Lodge is situated near Pangani, north of Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian mainland coast. It is close to Saadani National Park and has good air links to Zanzibar and the many parks of Tanzania.
This area of the coast is unspoiled and still untouched by mainstream tourism. There are just seven cottages plus a honeymoon suite and two family houses a little further along the beach. All rooms have large bathrooms, dressing areas and porches with chairs. Each one has its own area of beach with 2 sun loungers and a parasol. Beach towels are provided. There is a large, lockable wooden box in each room, for storing valuables.
The main building is light and airy, built of wood and thatch. Here you'll find the bar, lounge and dining area. There is a swimming pool set back from the sea, bordered by coconut palms. There are sunbeds and sunshades where you can while away lazy hours.
Canoes are available free of charge. Other activities are payable locally and include cycling, snorkelling, diving, a guided walking historical tour of Pangani, a fishing village visit and a sunset dhow cruise. There is also a laser dinghy for guest use.
Open: The Tides is open from the beginning of June to the end of April. Location: The lodge is about a 30 minute drive from the town of Pangani on the mainland coast north of Dar es Salaam. Mashado airstrip is a 20 minute drive from The Tides. The flight time from Dar es Saalam is 40 minutes and from Zanzibar is 30 minutes.
Rooms: There are 7 bungalows, 1 suite and 2 family houses. The bungalows are on the beach, while the 2-storey suite is set back and the family houses are a little way along the beach. Bungalows have thatched roofs, screened windows with shutters, mosquito nets over the beds and fans. They can accommodate 2 adults and up to 2 childrenâ€™s beds can be added if needed. All have en-suite bathrooms with solar heated hot water, and a separate dressing areas. Each room has a private porch and its own area of beach with 2 sun loungers and a sunshade. Rooms are provided with beach towels and a basket, so you can carry your things to the beach or pool. You have towels, toiletries and bathrobes in the bathroom. Each room has lockable storage box. Room service is available.
Activities: You can go snorkelling and diving in the Maziwe Island Marine Reserve. Swimming, kayaking, dhow and dinghy sailing and fishing are all available. You can visit the historic town of Pangani with a local guide, visit a local fishing village and explore by bike.
Facilities: The restaurant and bar are on the beach. Freshly caught seafood features prominently on the menu. You can enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast, as you wish. A range of light meals is available for lunch and afternoon tea is served each day, complete with homemade cakes. Dinner is a set 3-course meal, though there is a specials menu, too. The lodge has an extensive wine list. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. Massages can be arranged. There is a curio shop selling clothes, paintings and carvings. The hotel offers a book swap facility, a selection of board games and a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are some childrenâ€™s games by the pool and childrenâ€™s meals can be arranged.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
The Tides works with marine parks & Friends of Maziwe Island to help protect the reef, and turtle nesting sites.
"A really fun place, very friendly and helpful staff and guides and gorgeous accommodation on the beach. We had brilliant snorkelling trips, an interesting town tour, and a sail in a Ngarrawa, a native dugout sailing boat used for fishing and raced by the locals for fun. A highlight for my boataholic husband."