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Close your eyes. Envision yourself in Dar es Salaam seated on a restaurant terrace at the edge of a cliff.
Far below, for as far as you can see, is water—the Indian Ocean—with a couple of ships sailing in the distance.
A refreshing breeze blows gently around you. The day is warm and sunny.
Have any idea where you might be?
If I did a good job describing what I had in mind, then you’d correctly guess that you were at Karambezi Cafe at the Sea Cliff Hotel in Masaki.
If there’s one place I have visited more than any other since I came to Dar es Salaam, it’s Sea Cliff Hotel’s Karambezi Cafe.
Why? Because Karambezi Cafe is my household’s favorite place to enjoy the last of the weekend.
For us, Sunday evening is not quite Sunday evening without heading out to Sea Cliff Hotel for dinner or drinks.
Today, I’d like to tell you a little bit about what you, too, have to gain by visiting Karambezi Cafe.
About Karambezi Cafe
First and foremost, Karambezi Cafe is not actually a cafe (though it has a cafe section) but rather an upscale bar and restaurant located at the equally upscale Sea Cliff Hotel.
What I find most spectacular about Karambezi Cafe is its location and environment.
Located at the edge of a coral cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean—hence the name Sea Cliff Hotel—Karambezi Cafe is one of the best places to experience Dar es Salaam’s proximity to the Indian Ocean.
Because it’s located far above sea level, sitting at Karambezi Cafe permits you to see further out into the ocean than usual while eliminating unpleasant unkempt shores that are so typical elsewhere in Dar es Salaam.
This gorgeous view of the ocean is enhanced by a wonderful sea breeze.
The breeze is never too strong nor too light; the restaurant terrace is separated from the sea by a protective glass pane.
Depending on how much sun and wind you enjoy, Karambezi Café offers both covered and uncovered sections to suit your preference.
Karambezi Cafe Menu Offerings
The food at Karambezi Cafe is outstanding! You can count on anything you order from the Karambezi menu being good. The seafood platters are to die for! ( They are the best seafood platters I have had in Dar es Salaam.)
Whenever I am at Karambezi and not in the mood for seafood, my second go-to choice on the menu is steak or pizza depending on how heavy or light a meal I am up for.
Karambezi Food Menu
Here is the full Karambezi Cafe menu. Click anywhere on the menu to expand it.
The Bar at Karambezi Cafe & The Drinks Menu
Have I ever mentioned that I’m very adventurous when it comes to drinks? Well even if I haven’t, I’m sure you can tell from all the different kinds of beverage posts I have on this blog (like this one on wine, this one on gin, this one on rum, and this one on Konyagi and Uganda Waragi).
That’s something else that I enjoy at Karambezi Cafe: its very well-stocked bar (though the tots they serve are smaller than those served at many other places in town).
When I am not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, Karambezi Cafe also serves hot drinks (such as cappuccino, hot chocolate, and tea) as well as great fresh fruit juices (their watermelon juice is delicious!).
I’ve been told they serve mean cocktails too, but that’s something I’ve never tried personally.
So, with good food, your choice of drinks, and a great environment, what more could you possibly ask for from one establishment? Why, entertainment of course!
Here too, Karambezi Cafe aims to please.
On Saturday and Sunday evenings, Karambezi Cafe hosts a live band.
If Karambezi Cafe is already a great place to be on any odd day, imagine how much better it becomes with the strains of live music.
To be honest, though, recently that music has been a little loud. The quick workaround is to be sure not to sit too close to the band.
There you have it. If you happen to be in Dar es Salaam and are looking for a cool breezy place to enjoy the best that the Indian Ocean has to offer, then I suggest you pay Karambezi Cafe at the Sea Cliff Hotel a visit.
If you’ve already been, I’d love to hear what you have to say. Please let me know by leaving a comment below.
Until the next time,
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Photo Credits: Karambezi Café Facebook page; Sea Cliff Hotel; TripAdvisor; paatanzania.com