The Tanzanian mainland coast is a part of the country which is often overlooked. While the appeal of Tanga, Zanzibar and the islands off the coast is obvious, the vast majority of travelers to Tanzania do not consider the mainland coast. Anyone dreaming of absolute seclusion on their Tanzania holiday should consider heading to the Indian Ocean mainland coast for some of their time in the country.  Just a short hop from Tanga and Dar es Salaam, we really recommend a short stay on one of these wonderfully relaxing and highly romantic beaches either at the beginning or end of a honeymoon.
The only real drawback of the mainland coast is that for the most part there is no diving because the coral reefs are nowhere near as good as those of Tanga, Zanzibar, Mafia or Pemba.  However, the joy of a hideaway on this glorious stretch of white sand coast is logistical ease and the high standards of beach luxury.
Along the coast north from Tanga, Dar lies Tides Beach Lodge, a great no-frills option that is the only Tanzanian mainland coast lodge to offer good diving.
Years of work and wildlife development at Sadaani National Park have created an exclusive opportunity to enjoy an individual East African safari experience including close-up wildlife encounters, integral elephant-tracking and inland river safaris while enjoying the fruits of the Indian Ocean at the same time. Now with a couple of great accommodation options, this has evolved into a real itinerary choice, particularly worthwhile for families with young children.

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