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The Tides Lodge

Zanzibar & the Coast

Rating: Mid-range    

The Tides Lodge overview

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.

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There are seven (all numbered in Swahili) individual cottages set among the palms that line the beach. Each has a veranda overlooking the sea and a private sunbathing area on the beach with cool kings-size sun loungers. The rooms feature king-size beds (covered by a mosquito net) and en-suite bathrooms with a large walk-in shower. The Tides are offering you the chance to stay with them in high season, for the same price as low season holidays during 2019, so no matter when you choose to travel it will be at the same great price. For example, enjoy 5 nights half board in a beach cottage for just £673 per person (based on 2 people sharing, and including transfers from the airstrip).

If you would like to travel with your family, 2 adults and 2 children under 12, then why not try a beautiful 2 bed family house. Perfect for families, the houses are straight onto the beach! With 2 large double bedrooms, a central living area and a dining table for private dining at the house and a large veranda they are perfect for you and your family. Add to this a private sunbathing area on beach in front of cottage. All you need to do is enjoy! Enjoy 5 nights in a Family Beach House for just £589 per person (based on the cost of 2 adults and 2 children combined and divided by 4 and including transfers from the airstrip).



Open: The Tides is open all year round.

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 children'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 children's games by the pool and children's meals can be arranged.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.

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client reviews

Mrs. Karen Coe

"A very smart, very comfortable, but very relaxed place for an Indian Ocean break. It has all the prerequisites - white sand, blue sea, really, really nice cottages with excellent bathrooms, great food and a very nice pool."

Chris Adams
"Luxurious and stylish accommodation. Very spacious 'cottages'. Delicious food but few options other than fish. well stocked bar and beautiful setting."
Caron Davies
"If you really want to get away from it all this is the place for you. The rooms are right on the beach which we thought was fantastic, but the sound of the waves is very loud and does wake you up a bit so take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. We saw turtles hatching on the beach and the snorkelling trip to Maziwe island was fantastic. The coral was quite colourful and the guide pointed out lionfish, octopus, clams and lots of other exciting marine life. During September there can be quite a lot of seaweed in the sea but it is a very natural unspoilt beach, so personally I would rather seaweed than lots of people. The staff were really friendly and very impressed with the Swahili we had learnt whilst at the Impala camp!"
David Purcell
"If you need a quiet resort this is it. Large spacious rooms, very close to the beach - a little too quiet for my daughter. Surrounding Sisal farms, local village and the nearest town were all interesting - now an owner of hand crafted tyre-tread shoes."
Mrs. Clare Lund
"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."

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