The ultimate location for therapeutic relaxation: peaceful & airy ocean front bungalows set on the idyllic, palm-fringed and secluded Ushongo Beach.
The barefoot-chic Tides Lodge offers a superb base from which to discover the hidden gems of Tanzania’s east coast. From turtle hatching at Pangani to vibrant Zanzibar and the plains of the Serengeti, Tides Lodge offers the very best Tanzanian discovery with an abundance of activities for all ages.
The Lodge is located on Ushongo Beach, 16km south of Pangani on the east coast of Tanzania, which has been voted as “One of the World’s best beaches” by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Designed as the ultimate destination for relaxation, guests can choose to unwind on their veranda or balcony, swim in the pool or stretch out on the pristine sands. The lodge itself is deliberately low key and relaxed, yet offering the best levels of service and cuisine.
Benefiting from its own private airstrip, Tides Lodge is accessible by road or light aircraft from the international airports of Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, and the main safari destinations in the north and south of Tanzania. Mashado airstrip with connections to major attractions and to Dar es Salaam daily is located just 10 minutes by car from the Lodge.
Luxurious living spaces
There are seven individual cottages set among the palms that line the beach front. Each has a veranda overlooking the sea and a private sunbathing area on the beach-front with cool king-size sun loungers. The rooms themselves are bright and breezy with a huge billowing mosquito net and plenty of windows allowing good airflow and natural light. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious, with a large walk-in shower and hot water heated by solar power.
Besides the Beach Cottages, guests can choose from other accommodation options such as the Upepo Suite, suited for couples or individuals, or the Hibiscus and Embedodo Houses, which cater to larger families. No matter which one you choose, the experience will surely want you coming back for more.
Food lover’s paradise
Start the day with fresh tropical fruits from a generous buffet, moving on to freshly prepared light and healthy dishes from an all-day lunch menu, and finish the day with a three-course dinner in the Lodge’s spectacular open air restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Lodge takes great pride in utilising the freshest ingredients, which are all sourced locally as far as possible. Being on the ocean front, fish features prominently on the menu and is sourced from the local fishermen – thus supporting the local community.
For the adventure lovers
With convenient access to Tanzania’s most celebrated destinations, guests of The Tides Lodge can explore the historic coastal trading town of Pangani and the vibrant atmosphere of the local market. The pristine reefs of nearby Maziwe Island Marine Reserve are home to gentle sloping coral gardens and a fascinating array of marine life. Snorkel or scuba dive with PADI accredited Kasa Divers to witness sea turtles, dolphins, and barracudas, or glide across the Indian Ocean in a traditional dhow sailing boat, by kayak or the Tides Laser dinghy sailboat.Just under a mile away, guests can also discover Tanzania’s most important turtle nesting site at Pangani for unique sightings of green and hawksbill turtles under expert guidance.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Saadani National Park is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania to border the sea, perfect for spotting elephants, giraffes, and hippos. To the northwest of the property lie the plains of the Serengeti and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro; to the southwest, Ruaha Game Reserve and to the south, Selous Game Reserve.
Set on the secluded palm fringed Ushongo Beach, Tides Lodge offers peace and serenity after a full day’s fun and enjoyment.
Prices for The Tides Lodge start from £140 per person based on half board accommodation.