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“Isolated campsite right on the beach” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kipepeo Beach Village
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“Isolated campsite right on the beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2009

We stayed here for two nights as part of an Acacia overland tour either side of our excursion to Zanzibar. It is quite a way from the hustle and bustle of Dar and also quite isolated. The campsite is quite small, so tents are pitched very close together, but it is right next to the ocean, you can hear the waves pounding all night. The beach was clean and the water warm - lovely to swim in. The facilities are okay, but hot water for showers is a luxury. There is a bar, which sells some western style snacks/meals (burgers etc) and cabins if you want to upgrade from camping.

  • Stayed October 2009
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2007

Organised as part of the Dragoman Family Adventure tour, this was promised as an opportunity to relax and unwind after 2 weeks roughing it on safari in the bush. And it lived up to the billing !

The resort itself is about 15 miles south of Dar itself, practically within the urban sprawl of Dar, though you'd never know it lying on the beach. Run by a South African, its a bit of an overland traveller ghetto, but a nice one at that. The resort is effectively a very small and cramped (and sandy) camping area next to a restaurant/bar right on the beach, with the cottages (where we stayed) about 5 minutes walk away from the coast. The entire resort/compound is fenced in and patrolled by security, it seems very safe.

The location is just amazing, the beach is beautiful and fairly quiet, with surprisingly few hawkers. The area along the waterline is accessible to the public, so you'll have all sorts strolling past, including herds of cows and goats. A few metres away from the waterline is hotel property and keenly watched over by security guards, not that there was much need as the few people on the beach seemed very relaxed. The water is fine for swimming, lovely and warm, no steep shelf, and no sharks on the day we went, neither did it seem to be particularly dirty, despite the nearby presence of Dar.

Food at the restaurant is OK, nothing amazing, but good somozas and lots of seafood, then again good food in East Africa isn't easy to find. Also a great bar, enjoy a cold Killi while listening to the waves crash.

The cottages on stilts promise sea views, well, you can just about see the sea on the horizon, there's a mass of coconut trees and forest in between the cottages and beach, certainly no beach views. They are amazing constructions though, bathroom (very modern) and shower on the ground floor, upstairs to a single large room with a ginormous bed. The roof is thatched and the balcony has a hammock on for lazing around, it feels like a traditional African dwelling but has the necessary mod-cons. No TV or fridge though, just the sound of waves and sea breezes for entertainment. No air con either, the sea breeze does that.

Minor gripes: the cottages are located very close to a shanty town, including a bar, so be prepared to be kept awake by the sound of loud music until 4 in the morning. Also, the path from the parking area/bar/restaurant to the cottages is a deep sandy track, impossible to pull suitcases along, and nobody is available to carry them, so you'll sweat buckets hauling your bags through the humid jungle. Service at the bar and restaurant isn't brilliant either and the prices are way way more than you'd pay anywhere else in Tanzania, partly because there's no other shops or restaurants nearby. Finally, although its a beautiful place, its very isolated, there's not many places to walk to and in any case we were warned it would be dangerous to do so due to the risk of muggings. The only excursion available is by boat to an island in the bay, so if you get bored easily, don't book a week here.

However, for 1-3 days its pure bliss and everything you'd imagine a bed by the Indian ocean to be. Arguably just as good if not better than a trip to a similar place on Zanzibar, just over the water.

  • Liked — beach location, unique stilt cottages
  • Disliked — noise from nearby bars and houses
  • Stayed August 2007
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Property: Kipepeo Beach Village
Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
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Ranked #3 of 109 Speciality Lodging in Dar es Salaam
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Hotel Class:1 star — Kipepeo Beach Village 1*
Number of rooms: 20
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