By Deogratias Kishombo (DAR ES SALAAM) – The north coast of Dar es salaam city is one of the best places with beautiful free beaches with agreeable climate as one can find enjoying under shady coconut and mangrove trees or open space. You will enjoy playing various beach games on dried white sands. You will also not regret as all types of African foods, fresh sea breeze while you stay in Dar es Salaam.
These free beaches are located along most famous hotels like Picolo Hotel, White sands hotel, Kunduchi beach hotel and resort, Mediterranean Hotel, Bahari beach hotel, Silver sands and other numerous beach restaurants and bars along Mbezi beach and Mikocheni road.
Oysterbay beach hotel
Starting from Oysterbay free beach is a mere ten minutes from the heart of the city by a car via ocean road and Ali Hassan Mwinyi and roads. There are no bus services but you can use a private car which it will cost you USD 8. You are welcomed by glorious smiling Swahili natives and few foreigners at the beach.
The place is full of visitors during daytime especially lunch time as most of employees from neighbouring offices flock to the coast looking for dried cassava saved with kachumbari (salad), apples, cassava crisps from vendors, watermelon, coconut water traditionally known “dafu” in Swahili. While others go for fresh sea breeze from Indian Ocean.
“We receive many people during weekends as most of them come here with their spouses” said cassava crisps vendor Hamisi Mwinyijuma.
“I like coming here with my friends throughout lunch time, I like see breeze and white sands” said a lady Elizabet Chiza a Security Group Company employee.
During the day there is a wide range of sports and organized activities including tennis, pool, volleyball and football.
Oysterbay coast offers miles of superb free golden beaches like Coco beach and Seacliff beaches. During the day, fruit vendors are rampant selling original Africa fruits along the coast plus many other food stuffs. Enough space for parking is available for private cars but you have to pay 500 Tsh for unofficial security men.
“This place is fantastic for doing exercises, but the government should improve security situation,” said a German A. George who was captured doing simple exercise at the beach.
He said nothing to lose due to the fact that foods and other entertainments are available and the hospitality of the locals that is unrivalled.
Oysterbay beaches are just close to most of very popular hotels in Dar es Salaam namely Seacliff hotel and Slip way. These hotels comprise themed dinners, live music or just relaxing at the beach bar with excellent amenities.
Kawe beach and club
It was founded by Germans before independence in 1952. Located at Kawe area is half a kilometer from Kawe bus stand along Mikocheni road. Come and take away roasted fish from fresh waters of the Indian Ocean. You will be welcomed with a list of club foundation members posted at the board of the entrance reception.
It is very easy to get the destination as it will take you at least fifteen minutes from the City centre. Drop at Kawe bus station straight to Avocado round about as it will take you another five minutes on foot to reach the Club and the beach.
Kawe club is close to Picolo Hotel and the Mediterranean Hotel with beautiful and well protected free beach as the visitors enjoy the unique fresh fish varieties such as kolekole,(Red snepa) Changu, roasted chicken, banana, mishikaki (beef steak) saved with Ugali and bananas without forgetting both spirits and soft drinks at the beach bar.
“We receive mixed customers from low profile customers to government officials” said the club manager who did not want his name in print.
The beach is well protected by Lili security guards who have employed by the Club to guard the customers’ properties including the swimmers. It offers various services with charming servants. The place is good for both adults and the youths.
Services start at seven a.m. in the morning and closes at eleven p.m., no live music but you will enjoy low volume music tune in the background played by MP3 machine.
“It is fantastic here…as you see you can work with your laptop without any interference the place is very cool” said Amos Njovu a customer at Kawe beach.