Uncles at Coco Beach

Bagamoyo Hotels & 38 Instagram Pictures Taken Around East Africa

This post was originally a roundup post of some of the best recent pictures from my Instagram page. Since many of you come to this post looking for information on Bagamoyo hotels, though, I’ve decided to update this post with information about that.

Bagamoyo Hotels: Millenium Sea Breeze Resort Bagamoyo
Millennium Sea Breeze Resort, Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo Hotels

For those of you who don’t know, Bagamoyo is a small beachside town of historical importance located about a 2-hour drive north of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest (though not capital) city.

Stay at Bagamoyo hotels to see the historical sites of Bagamoyo
The minaret of a mosque in Bagamoyo

To get an idea of why you might be interested in visiting Bagamoyo, check out this post on my blog: Travellers Lodge Bagamoyo, Historical Sites & Other Things to Do in Bagamoyo, Tanzania.

What Kind of Accommodation Do Bagamoyo Hotels Offer?

Bagamoyo Hotels: Lazy Lagoon Island by night
Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge, Bagamoyo

Being a small town, Bagamoyo does not have a big selection of hotels, but there is something for everyone—from personable, beachside cottages to standard big hotels.

If you are planning a trip to Bagamoyo and are looking for a place to stay, the first thing I recommend is searching online on hotel booking platforms like Booking.com to see the full range of what is on offer and, more importantly, what will be available on your intended travel dates.

Bagamoyo Hotels: The Beach at Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort
The beach at Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort

Search for Bagamoyo Hotels on Booking.com

And you don’t even have to leave this page to do so!

Enter your intended travel dates in the form below and you will be taken directly to a listing of hotels with room availabilities on the dates you plan to be in Bagamoyo.


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And now, here are some recommendations for where to stay when you are next visiting Bagamoyo.

Bagamoyo Hotels Recommendation #1: Ella’s Swahili House

Ella’s Swahili House is a 6-bedroom/3-bathroom vacation home which can house up to 9 people.

It’s an easy walk to-and-from many of Bagamoyo’s points of interest. It’s also quite well priced especially as the number of people staying in the house increases (the price paid is for the entire house).

Click here to find out more about Ella’s Swahili House.

Bagamoyo Hotels: Ella’s Swahili House

Bagamoyo Hotels Recommendation #2: IDC Guest House

The IDC Guest House is one the highest-rated places to stay in Bagamoyo.

This very neat and clean guest house is located only a couple of minutes from the beach and also has a swimming pool of its own.

Click here to see more pictures of and to find out more about the IDC Guest House in Bagamoyo.

Bagamoyo Hotels: A bed at IDC Guest House Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo Hotels Recommendation #3:Firefly Boutique Lodge

I’ll start this recommendation with a video from a fellow Tanzanian lifestyle content creator. Here you go!

So…the eco-friendly Firefly Boutique Lodge lies in a renovated historical building in Bagamoyo and is full of Swahili charm.

The lodge has both an outdoor pool and private beach area and can organize activities for you such as snorkeling and cycling.

Bagamoyo Hotels: the pool at Firefly Boutique Hotel

To help you relax further, Firefly Boutique Lodge also has a spa where you can enjoy treatments such as massages, scrubs, waxing, manicures and pedicures.

Bagamoyo Hotels: Spa Sign Firefly Boutique Hotel

You can find out more about, or book your stay at, Firefly Boutique Lodge here.

Bagamoyo Hotels: A cocktail at the pool Firefly Boutique Lodge, Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo Hotels Recommendation #4: Family Cottages

Familiy Cottages is one of the more upscale recommendations on this list, with a price tag to match.

The cottages offer lots of privacy and views of the ocean right from your bed.

Family Cottages also has an in-house restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool, as well as direct access to the beach.

To find out more about Family Cottages, click here.

Bagamoyo Hotels: A Room at Family Cottages

Bagamoyo Hotels Recommendation #5: Msafiri Lodge Bagamoyo

Msafiri Lodge Bagamoyo is a basic, 2-star hotel that is typical of many upcountry hotels in Tanzania.

It is very well priced but does not offer beachfront access.

It does have a restaurant, though, a 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi.

To find out more about Msafiri Lodge Bagamoyo, click here.

Bagamoyo Hotels: Msafiri Lodge Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo Hotels Recommendation #6: Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort

Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort is the most traditional hotel on this list, complete with a gym and conference center.

What it lacks in charm in comparison to the other establishments on this list, it makes up for in terms of anonymity due simply to the size of the establishment.

Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort also lies on a particularly calm and quiet stretch of Bagamoyo’s beach.

Go here to find out more about Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort.

Bagamoyo Hotels: a room at Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort Bagamoyo

For a more comprehensive list of all Bagamoyo hotels, click here.

Bagamoyo Hotels: Bagamoyo Beach Resort
Bagamoyo Beach Resort
Bagamoyo Hotels: Twin room at Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge
Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge, Bagamoyo

And now on to my original post:


It’s been almost 3 months since I last shared the best of my Instagram feed with you, so that’s what I am going to do today.

The pictures you’ll find in this list include, as always, pictures taken near bodies of water (what can I say? I am Pisces), at hotels, and at the magical time of sunset.

You’ll also find some aerial photography: pictures taken from tall buildings or from the plane.

I am pleased to share that the very best of these photographs—or at least the ones my followers liked most on Instagram—are of my hometown, Bukoba. You’ll find those pictures at the very end of this list.

Without further ado, here you go!

No. 39: Hotels in Uganda: The Gardens and Water Fountains at Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa

The Gardens and Water Fountain at the Lake Victoria Serena Gold Resort & Spa, Kigo, UgandaThe fountains and garden at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa, Kigo, Uganda. Oh, I can forever get lost in these gardens! Blue Book Now Button

Go to bit.ly/LakeVicSerena to find out what there is to see, do, and experience at this charming Serena Hotel (one of two Serena hotels in Uganda) on the Ugandan shores of Lake Victoria.

READ ALSO: 52 East African Pictures: Good Eats, Cityscapes, Water Environments & More

No. 38: Bagamoyo Hotels — Bomani Beach Bungalows

Bagamoyo Hotels: Sunset by Water, Bomani Beach Bungalows, Bagamoyo, TanzaniaWatching evening fall over the Indian Ocean, Bomani Beach Bungalows, Bagamoyo.

To find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Bomani Beach Bungalows, go to bit.ly/BomaniBB. You can also find more information about other Bagamoyo hotels at the same link.

No. 37: The End of a Long Hike, Magamba Nature Forest Reserve, Lushoto, Tanzania

Hiking, Magamba Nature Forest Reserve, LushotoEnding a day of hiking through the Magamba Nature Forest Reserve with my soon-to-turn-71 year old mother the day before her birthday.

This view was such a reward after a perilous descent from the Magamba viewpoint which had us trekking backwards on essentially all fours. Where next, Mom?

Hahaha…Go to Tanga, Tanzania: 10 Pictures Taken in & Around Lushoto to see more pictures taken during our hike through the Magamba Forest.

No. 36: Excursion on Water, Lakeside Escape, Mukono

Family trip to Lakeside Escape, Mukono, UgandaFinally, we were on the boat to Lakeside Escape. It’s an interesting 45-minute boat ride across Lake Victoria to get there. This is definitely my new go-to water place when I am in Kampala. Good food, great attentive service, wonderful views and a bunch of things to do when you get there.

Go to bit.ly/LakesideEscape to find out more about what there is to see and do at Lakeside Escape. (Lakeside Escape also offers accommodation which you can book through the link above. Although I have never spent the night there, I’ve seen several of their rooms and it is definitely on my to-do list.)

READ ALSO: Chick About Town Community Online Shopping & Accommodation Guide

No. 35: Arriving in Musanze, Rwanda to Attend Kwita Izina

Arriving in Musanze, RwandaArriving in the north Rwandan town of Musanze en route to Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby gorilla naming ceremony.

Go to Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony: Rwanda Development Board’s Kwita Izina to learn more about this fantastic annual event aimed at protecting Rwanda’s mountain gorilla population.

No. 34: Concession Stand, Mkuki Mall Cinema, Dar es Salaam

Concession Stand, Century Cinemax, Mkuki Mall Cinema, Dar es SalaamThe concession stand at the fairly new Mkuki Mall cinema in Dar es Salaam.

Go to bit.ly/MkukiHouse to find out more about what you can expect to find at Dar es Salaam’s fairly new Mkuki House mall, where the Mkuki Mall cinema is found.

No. 33 & 32: Beautiful Sunsets

Sunset in the Air, Flying to Nairobi, KenyaRandom sunset capture outside the window of a Kenya Airways flight to Nairobi.

Go to Kenya Airways: The Pride of Africa to read my opinion on Kenya Airways as an airline.

Golden Sunset, Irente Viewpoint, Lushoto, TanzaniaGolden hour at Irente View Point in the Usambara Mountains, Lushoto, Tanzania.

Go to Tanga, Tanzania: 10 Pictures Taken in & Around Lushoto for more pictures taken in the lovely mountainous town of Lushoto.

No. 31: Mount Meru, Tanzania

Mount Meru, TanzaniaI have shared pictures of Mount Kilimanjaro before but never of her little sister Mount Meru.

Mount Meru is located 70 km west of Mount Kilimanjaro, just north of the city of Arusha. Mount Meru is Tanzania’s second highest mountain and the 5th highest mountain in Africa.

This picture was taken from a Fastjet flight through Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

Mount Meru is found within Arusha National Park. Go to bit.ly/MountMeru to find out more about hiking around and/or climbing this mountain.

No. 30: Happy Birthday to Me!

Biche on her birthdayCake and wine….what more could a girl want as she turns a year older? Seafood! Which I had in droves because Karambezi Café serves the hugest and best seafood platter in Dar es Salaam. Soooooo worth it!

Go to Karambezi Cafe: Offers One of Dar Es Salaam’s Best Views to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Karambezi Café.

No. 29 — 27: Dar es Salaam

Aerial view of Dar es Salaam from Akemi🎵…Con-crete jungle (jungle)….🎶…Aerial view of downtown Dar es Salaam seen from Akemi at lunch time.

Find more pictures and posts about Dar es Salaam here.

Sunset at Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam.Saturday sundown at Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam.

Go to bit.ly/CocoBeachDar to learn more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Dar es Salaam’s famous Coco Beach.

Sunset at Akira Lounge, Dar es SalaamSunset at Akira Lounge & Bar.

Rooftop bars showcase the best Dar es Salaam has to offer: swank environments, warm weather, and (usually) beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Akira, one of Dar es Salaam’s newest rooftop bars/lounges, is no different. Their food is particularly good too!

No. 26: Nungwi Hotels: Water at Amaan Bungalows in Zanzibar

Nungwi, ZanzibarThe placid water of Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar.

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island to learn more about what there is to see, do, and experience on the magical island of Zanzibar.

READ ALSO: Enjoying East African Waters & Food from the Sea

Nos. 25-23: Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains, Western Uganda

Peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, UgandaThe view from the first camp as you climb the Rwenzori Mountains.

Go to bit.ly/RwenzoriM to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Photo taken by @little_red_curious on a trip sponsored by Kibira Safaris. Email Kibira Safaris at [email protected] to book your travels in and around Uganda.

A Lake in the Rwenzori MountainsA lake in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. This lake has neither an apparent inlet nor outlet, it is not a crater lake, and yet its water is fresh.

There are over 20 lakes in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Go to bit.ly/RwenzoriM to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Photo taken by @little_red_curious on a trip sponsored by Kibira Safaris. Email Kibira Safaris at [email protected] to book your travels in and around Uganda.

Water in the Rwenzori Mountains, UgandaCrystal-clear, COLD(!), glacier water in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda.

At the beginning of last century, the Rwenzori Mountains supported about half the total glacier area in Africa.

100 years later, due to global warming, half those glaciers have melted. The glaciers of the Rwenzori Mountains are one source of the River Nile.

Go to bit.ly/RwenzoriM to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Photo taken by @little_red_curious on a trip sponsored by Kibira Safaris. (Email: [email protected])

No. 22: Aerial View of Downtown Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Downtown Dar es Salaam seen from AkemiThe view from the other side (in reference to no. 29 on this list), overlooking Dar es Salaam’s downtown waterfront. In this picture, you see our very own twin towers which house the Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania’s central bank, and Mirambo Street, Dar es Salaam’s Embassy Row.

Find more pictures and posts about Dar es Salaam here.

No. 21: Sunset in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania

Sunset in the Usambara MountainsSunset in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania.

Go to Tanga, Tanzania: 10 Pictures Taken in & Around Lushoto to see more pictures taken in and around the Usambara Mountains.

No. 20: Uganda Hotels: Wildwaters Lodge, Jinja

It was so nice to be able to appreciate the rapids of the Nile River from the beauty and safety of Wildwaters Lodge on Kalagala Island Blue Book Now Button. The last time I was here, I was in the water just about to fall into a Grade 5 rapid called “The Bad Place”. Such a harrowing experience!

My trip to Wildwaters Lodge was organized by Kibira Safaris. Contact them to arrange your travels in Uganda and elsewhere in East Africa. Email address: [email protected] Blue Book Now Button

Find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Wildwaters Lodge by going to bit.ly/WildwatersL. You can also find out more about other hotels in Jinja, Uganda at that same link.Blue Book Now Button

No. 19: Wedding Photos, Coco Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Uncles at Coco BeachIn Dar es Salaam, you don’t have to look hard to find true beauty. This picture was taken at Coco Beach, a public beach, where some of my family had gone to take wedding pictures after my cousin’s church wedding. Those men huddled in a corner are my uncles.

Go to bit.ly/CocoBeachDar to learn more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Dar es Salaam’s famous Coco Beach.

No. 18 — 17: Zanzibar Hotels

Breakfast buffet table at Zanzibar Serena InnCheese and fruit galore during breakfast at the Zanzibar Serena Hotel. Blue Book Now Button

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Hotels: Park Hyatt, ZanzibarI am told that the Park Hyatt Zanzibar is one of the largest, and probably most luxurious, hotels in Zanzibar’s historical city of Stone Town. I haven’t been yet but I keep being tantalized by photos like this one taken by people who tell me I’d LOVE it! (📷 @richiewallstreet) Blue Book Now Button

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island to find out my best tips on what to see and do when you are in Zanzibar.

No. 16: View from the Plane, Tanzania

Clouds from Fastjet flightWhere to now? Bukoba via Mwanza with Fastjet.

No. 15: Cows, Kiruhura, Uganda

A calf suckles its motherEveryday things in cow country, Uganda. After being separated from its mother all day, and the cow’s been milked for human consumption, finally the calf gets to suckle at its mother’s breast. Check out its watchful eye as the photographer approaches.

No. 14: Cake from Soul Treats, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Chocolate Cake by Soul Treats TanzaniaI sure could do with cake like this today. Cake by Soul Treats.

No. 13: Feeding Turtles in Nungwi, Zanzibar

Feeding Turtles in ZanzibarFeeding turtles at the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond in Nungwi, Zanzibar.

The Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond is a community-based NGO established in 1993 as an effort to conserve the population of sea turtles native to Zanzibar Island.

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in Zanzibar.

No. 12: Sunset on Lake Victoria, Uganda

Pingu's SilhouetteA beautiful picture is made even more beautiful when it is of ones you love. Here, my cousins @art_on_run and @_akanshumbusha_ resign themselves to the fact that our daytrip at Lakeside Escape has come to an end. We didn’t want to get back onto the boat but neither did we want to sail on Lake Victoria after dark (I’ve done that before and gosh is it scary!). @_Kansh_ writes on my blog sometimes. You can read her latest post about her hairstyle recommendations for sporting maroon hair here.

Happy Pentecost, everyone!

No. 11: Dessert, Anyone?

Maureen's dessert plate at AkemiA couple of weeks ago, I took my niece for lunch at Akemi. This is how she loaded her dessert plate. Believe it or not, she cleared it all too! 🙂

Go to bit.ly/AkemiD to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Akemi, Dar es Salaam’s only revolving rooftop restaurant.

Nos. 10 & 9: Water Wherever I Can Find It

MbudyaEveryday things in Mbudya. Mbudya is one of the seven islands in the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. Happy Sunday, y’all! 🙂

Go to bit.ly/Mbudya to find out more about what there is to do, see, and experience in Mbudya.

Lake Mburo, UgandaI never tire of pictures of Lake Mburo, this one taken the first time I ever set eyes on the lake.

Go to Lake Mburo National Park: Small but So Worth It! to learn more about Lake Mburo and the national park named after it.

No. 8: Ankole Cattle, Uganda

Longhorn Ankole CowOk, let me show you that cow again from a little closer. (In reference to no. 4 below.)

No. 7—6: Zanzibar

Dhow by Kendwa RocksThe beach at Kendwa Rocks in Northern Zanzibar, the site of Zanzibar’s legendary full moon party.

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island to find out my best tips on what to see and do while visiting Zanzibar.

Outside the Zanzibar Serena HotelHotels in Zanzibar: Hanging out at the Zanzibar Serena Hotel in Stone Town.

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island to find out my best recommendations for what to do when you are visiting Zanzibar.

No. 5 — 4:Uganda

Sunset on Lake VictoriaWe rushed to get across to the Kampala side of Lake Victoria before dark but got to witness this glorious sunset before night fell. (We were coming from Lakesde Escape in Mukono. Go to bit.ly/LakesideEscape to find out more about what there is to see and do at Lakeside Escape.)

Long-horn ankole cowNow that is what I call a cow. Check out its horns!

No. 3-2: Aerial Shots in Tanzania

Aerial view of downtown Dar es SalaamDowntown Dar es Salaam from above. Dar es Salaam is currently the 3rd fastest growing city in Africa and the 9th fastest growing city in the world. And you can feel it too when you live here. Every other day, there’s a new building that comes up where you least expect it.

Find more pictures and posts about Dar es Salaam here.

Landing in Bukoba, TanzaniaArriving home sweet home…about to land in Bukoba, Tanzania (#NoFilter)

The landscape in Bukoba is all about hills and water. I have to admit: I often take Bukoba’s beauty for granted, after all, it’s just “home”. And then I go with someone who’s never been before and I get to see it with a pair of fresh eyes.

It makes me think of a song in our language, Oruhaya, which says: “Our land is beautiful/It was made by the Creator/He made it very sweet/He beautified it/He put hills in it/He put valleys in it/And then poured water over it”

Shout out to all my followers who call Bukoba home, in one way or another: @Conylitah, @furaha_bishota, @luicorlleone, @Muhaya_Fulani, @njeribishota, @RichieWallStreet, @Ally_Msangi, @KabibiCR, @derrick_noir, @Lily_an_1, @pamela_malezi_bora, @zwwasost, etc.

Let me know if you also call this part of the world home and it would be my pleasure to include you in the shoutout above. 🙂

No.1 : Musila Island, Bukoba, Tanzania

Musila Island, BukobaAerial View of Musila Island in Lake Victoria, off the shore of Bukoba, Tanzania

Bukoba is on the shores of Lake Victoria. Any view you have of Lake Victoria from Bukoba will invariably also include a view of this chunk of rock known as Musila Island.

When I see Musila Island, my mind runs immediately to a story that’s often told to me whenever I tell any Muhaya that I am of the Kuba clan.

That story is of a Mukuba man who liked to eat.

Apparently in a fit of wishful thinking he uttered out loud: If only Musila Island were a chunk of millet stiff-porridge (oburo) and Lake Victoria milk (both delicacies where I am from)! Hehehe…I guess he was hungry! ?

If ever you are in Bukoba, you can boat to Musila Island and climb to the very top. I did this with Kiroyera Tours (who I highly recommend). The view from the top is amazing!

Now, I’d Love to Hear From You About These Pictures or Bagamoyo Hotels

Bagamoyo Hotels: Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge Bagamoyo at Oceanic Bay Hotel & Resort Bagamoyo
Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge, Bagamoyo

So there you are, guys and gals! I hope you enjoyed seeing East Africa through my eyes in these photos.

As promised, you got lots of pictures of water, pictures taken at hotels, and of course at a time I love: sunset.

Let me know, in the comment section below, if any of these pictures meant anything special to you.

As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Bagamoyo Hotels: Bomani Beach Bungalows by Night, Bagamoyo
Bomani Beach Bungalows by Night, Bagamoyo

Until the next time,
Biche

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Bagamoyo Hotels: View of Ocean Lazy Lagoon Bagamoyo
Lazy Lagoon Island Lodge, Bagamoyo

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