There are four rental units at Ushongo Beach Cottages:
Beach Chalet from $75 per night;
Beach House, and a
The cottages are set on 9 acres slightly back from the beach amongst coconut palms and local vegetation. The beach front is 195 metres although the beach itself is over 3 kms long with adjoining beaches and bays on either side.
Walks along the beach are particularly pleasant, especially in the nights close to full moon. After dusk the small nocturnal “ghost” crabs appear. Bush walks at the back of the property should not be overlooked as they give an interesting alternative to the beach. A Maasai manyatta is within walking distance.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 11 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Boat available, Sea view|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 15|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
Because of the year round equable climate much of the time is spent out of doors. Meals are usually taken on the front verandah. Lounge chairs and picnic table are at the beach. The small local lodges will be happy to have your patronage should you decide to have the occasional evening dining out.
The cottages are on 10 acres and the property has direct access to the beach.
Staff speak Swahili and understand English.
There is an airstrip nearby with chartered flights to and from Dar es Salaam and Arusha. There is also a scheduled daily flight linking Arusha, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide a comfortalbe swimming temperature all the year round. The hottest months are October and February. The rains are from mid-March to mid-May. The cottages are well-ventilated and cool. Day time temperature vary from 26C to 34C depending on the time of year and night temperatures from 22C to 28C.
Pangani is 14 kms from Ushongo. It is a small sleepy town of 15th century Arab origin situated on the north side of the Pangani River mouth. A ferry connects the roads to the north and south. The nineteenth century German Fort and some of the old houses are part of Pangani’s history. There are cultural and historic tours, up-river boat trips to the coconut plantations, and visits to a nearby marine fossil site.
Saadani National Park is a ninety minute drive from Ushongo. Full day or overnight visits are recommended. Although Saadani is one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania most large species can be seen such as lion, elephant, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and buffalo. The Wami River in the south has hippos and crocodiles. A simple mobile camp can be arranged on request.
Snorkeling/Diving off Maziwe Island in the Coelacanth Marine Park. Maziwe Reef is excellent for both snorkeling and diving. Snorkeling is $45 per person and includes the park fee of $12.50, boat, crew and snorkeling equipment. Children are half price. The trip starts at 8 a.m. and returns mid-day. Fun diving starts at $120 for a double dive.
PADI Courses are held by the nearby Kasa Diving School owned and operated by PADI European qualified instructors and their Tanzania staff. Courses are for 2 or more days. A 4-day Open Water Diver Certification course is $490.
Sailing: There is a 7-metre Westerly-22 day cruiser with a bilge keel available for hire at $100 per half day or $150 full day. The local villagers use small wooden trimarans called “Ngalao” which are quite fast but the narrow hollowed out tree trunk is not designed for comfort and is not safe in strong winds and white caps.
Zanzibar Island is 40 kms from Ushongo. It is a two and a half hour boat ride to Kenrock at the northern end of Zanzibar. Stone Town, the capital town of Zanzibar, is an hour’s drive from Kenrock. A spice tour and the narrow streets of Stone Town are recommended. Two days are recommended to include both a Spice Tour and Stone Town.