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Often Overlooked: Coastal Tanzania

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Often overlooked by visitors in favor of Zanzibar, Tanzania’s coastline offers an unspoiled, less busy alternative, with its ancient Swahili port city ruins, sporadic reminders of a colonial past, marine national parks, and beautiful secluded beaches. In some of these towns and beaches you might not even see another tourist, until you reach Dar Es Salaam, the thriving cosmopolitan hub of the south.
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It took us nearly two days to drive to Pangani from Nairobi, and boy, was it worth it. As we rattled our obligatory four-wheel-drive down the dusty track, past the little 'nyumba ya udongo' (Swahili for makuti thatched mud homes) nestling amid...
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Mafia Island, Tanzania
The Mafia Archipelago (its name is said to come from the Arabic word morfiyeh, which means "archipelago") consists of several islands and atolls, the largest of which is Mafia Island itself. Mafia Island is a nearly undiscovered alternative...
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Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania
These two once-beautiful and great East African port cities sit on two islands south of Dar Es Salaam, close to the Tanzanian coastline. From the ninth to the sixteenth centuries Swahili merchants traded pearls, silver, gold, porcelain, ivory and...
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Bagamoyo, Tanzania
It takes a moment before you realize that the rocks hidden in the grass have eyes, and another second before it dawns on you that you’re being observed by about 30 disembodied heads. (And that at least three of them are the former Tanzanian...
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Kilwa Masoko, Tanzania
Fancy testing your stamina against a 100-pound yellowfin tuna, marlin, or sailfish and bagging the catch-of-the-day? Kilwa Ruins lodge is set upon the beautiful southern coast of Tanzania, overlooking the shores of its emerald islands, coral...