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Onomo Hotels & Other Fantastic Places to Stay Across 15 African Cities/Towns

This post is about Onomo Hotels, an African hospitality chain, as well as other great places to stay across 15 locales in Africa. Let’s get right to it.

ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam

Onomo Hotel Dar es Salaam Contact

You can reach Onomo Hotel Dar es Salaam on the following numbers: +255-22-2343434 and +255-22-2333433


ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam is a new Dar es Salaam hotel that was formerly the Ramada Encore Dar es Salaam (also a relatively new but short-lived hotel).

Located on Ghana Street, in downtown Dar es Salaam, ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam is part of the ONOMO chain of hotels, Africa’s largest hospitality group with 22 hotels across 13 African countries.

In East Africa, ONOMO operates hotels in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

READ ALSO: 13 Wonderful Hotels in Rwanda/Kigali

ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam is a modern, stylish business hotel. It has 116 rooms and suites, a restaurant, a snack bar, a gym, a business center and conference rooms.

Although it is not on the waterfront, some of the rooms at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam do have a view of the Indian Ocean.

The Rooms at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam

So what can you expect from the rooms at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam?

The rooms at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam are modern and chic, decorated in bold colors. Some might think the rooms a little small but efficient.
Full view of a room at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam

The simple, contemporary design of the rooms centers around elegant furniture, a comfortable bed, and a desk corner.

In the rooms at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam, you’ll also find blackout curtains and soundproofing–very important when it comes to the noisy hustle and bustle of downtown Dar es Salaam.

The good air conditioning is one that guests of ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam comment on—an absolute necessity for very hot Dar es Salaam.

ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam is a 4-star hotel. To find out more about pricing and what guests of the hotel have to say about it, click here.

The room rates at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam are inclusive of breakfast. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and parking, as well as free swimming pool use for guests of the hotel.

Conference Facilities at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam

The conference facilities at ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam can house a maximum of 120 people in a conference room.

These facilities also include all the standard apparatus that you would expect from a modern hotel conference room, e.g., a projector and screen, a paper board, wireless microphones and an in-built sound system.

ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam is located at the heart of Dar es Salaam’s financial district, in close proximity to many banks, major government offices, and diplomatic missions.

The Terrace restaurant bar at Onomo Hotel Dar es Salaam
The Hub, the restaurant at Onomo Hotel Dar es Salaam

Although ONOMO Hotel Dar es Salaam positions itself as a hotel for both business and leisure travelers, given Dar es Salaam’s layout and fantastic beaches/views of the ocean, I think it’s better suited to business travelers.

Leisure travelers have many more-fitting hotels to choose from in the city.

Onomo Hotel Durban

The pool at Onomo Hotel Durban

Onomo Hotel Kampala

Onomo Hotel Kampala

Onomo Hotel Kampala is a new entrant on the Kampala hospitality scene, having only been opened this year, in 2021.

Onomo Hotel Kampala is located in Nakesero not far from Emin Pasha Hotel. To find out more about this new Kampala hotel, click here.

Onomo Hotel Douala

A room at Onomo Hotel Douala

Inn on the Square Onomo Hotel (Cape Town)

The dining room at inn on the square onomo hotel

Mukono Resort Hotel

Mukono Resort Hotel

Hotel Onomo Abidjan Airport

hotel onomo abidjan airport

The ONOMO hotel in Abidjan is called ONOMO Hotel Abidjan Airport.

Onomo Hotel Abidjan Airport is less than a kilometer from Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport, the Abidjan airport.

Click here to find out more about this Abidjan airport hotel.

Onomo Hotel Kigali

The view of Kigali from Onomo Hotel

One of Kigali’s newest hotel offerings, Onomo Hotel Kigali, is part of an African chain of hotels with a presence in 12 other countries across the continent including Tanzania and Uganda in East Africa.

Onomo’s mission is to combine contemporary comfort with the African art of living. This they’ve done at their Kigali hotel too.

Onomo Hotel Kigali is a modern, functional hotel located in Nyarugenge, near the American embassy, and not far from the city center.

Onomo Hotel Kigali prides itself on the priority it places on security, as well as its complimentary high-speed internet and power backup resources that will ensure that its guests can always stay connected to the world.

For more information about Onomo Hotel Kigali, or to book your stay there, click here.

Onomo Hotel Libreville

Onomo Hotel Libreville

Onomo Hotel Lome

Onomo Hotel Lome

Onomo Hotel Maputo

Onomo Hotel Maputo

Onomo Hotel Maputo Contact

You can reach the Onomo Hotel Maputo on the following telephone number: +258-84-0937500.

Guest Houses in Mukono, Uganda

Are you looking for places to stay in Mukono, Uganda? If so, here are a few places to consider:

Hotel Near Ocean Dar es salaam

If you are looking for places to stay near the ocean in Dar es Salaam, here are some recommendations:

Sea Cliff Hotel

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Executive suite at Sea Cliff Hotel Dar es Salaam
Executive suite at the Sea Cliff Hotel, Dar es Salaam

Sea Cliff Hotel, as its name suggests, is located right on the shores of the Indian Ocean, high up on a cliff.

Whereas the location is divinely gorgeous (and I am not overstating), it has no beach access.

My absolute favorite place in the whole of Dar es Salaam is the upper outdoor deck at the Karambezi Café located at the Sea Cliff Hotel.

Why? Because of the UNBEATABLE ocean views.

This is a place I often take people to. Some have even been known to change their departure date from Dar es Salaam once they have been there.

Yes, the view at Sea Cliff Hotel is that powerful!

The hotel is beautifully decorated. The food at its restaurants is fantastic. The service is some of the best you’ll find in Dar es Salaam. As you can tell, I can’t find much negative to say about it.

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Azure Boutique Resort

Dar es Salaam is a big city plagued with serious traffic jams, so the first thing I will have to point out to you, if you are thinking of staying at Azure Boutique Resort, is that it is located on Dar es Salaam’s northern Mbezi Beach strip.

This is not particularly far from the city center, but if your business in Dar es Salaam requires you to commute during rush hour, then this might not be the place for you.

If, on the other hand, your are in Dar es Salaam for leisure and are looking for an inexpensive place to stay on the beach, then this new Dar es Salaam offering (it used to be the Beachcomber Hotel until very recently), might just be what you are looking for.

Right on the ocean, in an area full of beach hotels and water-related activities, Azure Boutique Resort is particularly quiet and peaceful.

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Azure Boutique Resort, Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam
Azure Boutique Resort, Mbezi Beach, Dar es Salaam

On top of proximity to the ocean, it also has a big beautifully maintained swimming pool.

The service is friendly and attentive but the choice of food and beverages is a little limited. Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Blue Book Now Button

DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Salaam Oysterbay

The Msasani Peninsula is home to some of the best restaurants, shops, clubs, and bars in Dar es Salaam.

DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Salaam—Oyster Bay is a great place from which you can enjoy these.

Located right next to The Slipway, a popular shopping and leisure center, within a few minutes walk from the DoubleTree hotel, you can buy local arts and crafts, catch a boat to scenic Bongoyo Island, and have a meal at some of Dar es Salaam’s best restaurants.

At the DoubleTree itself, you get to enjoy bright clean surroundings with very professional service.

The Double Tree has a choice of restaurants, beautiful green gardens with a swimming pool, and a selection of outdoor spaces from which you can fully enjoy glorious sunsets over Msasani Bay.Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Blue Book Now Button

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Saaam
Reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Salaam – Oyster Bay

Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam

Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam is one of Dar es Salaam’s premier beachfront properties.

Like Azure Boutique Resort, Ramada Resort is also on the Mbezi Beach hotel strip, so pay attention to this if you have to commute to town regularly while you are in Dar es Salaam, especially if you have to do so during rush hour.

That said, if you are on a leisure holiday or your business in Dar es Salaam doesn’t take you too far from Mbezi Beach, Ramada Resort with its white sands, beautiful swimming pool, and amazing ocean views might be the place for you.

I find the food and drinks at Ramada unnecessarily expensive, especially that the food doesn’t always live up to expectations. Still, the location and environment are great plusses.

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam
Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam

Be sure to get an ocean facing room if you can. The ocean-facing suites are particularly delightful!Hotels in Dar es Salaam:Blue Book Now Button

Hotel Slipway

Hotel Slipway, found at The Slipway, a popular Dar es Salaam leisure and entertainment center, is the place to stay for those who want to be at the heart of the everyday life of the city’s well-heeled.

At The Slipway, you will find beautiful boutiques, lots of arts and crafts, your choice of great restaurants and bars, and some of the best sunsets you can witness in Dar es Salaam.

That said, the rooms in the older wing of the hotel are a little dated. For me, this is not what I would expect from this part of town. Hotel Slipway is located on the Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam’s most affluent locale.

If you’ve got a little more to splurge, and yet still want to take advantage of all that is on offer at The Slipway, I would consider staying at The DoubleTree Hotel next door.

For the young, trendy, and artsy, though, Hotel Slipway is an easy way to enjoy some of the best that Dar es Salaam has to offer.Blue Book Now Button

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Terrace Restaurant Hotel Slipway
The Terrace Restaurant at Hotel Slipway

Best Western Coral Beach Hotel

If you love beautiful sunsets, then you are in for a treat at the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel (this is a place where Dar es Salaam locals go for those too).

Coral Beach Hotel is located on the same street as two other hotels already featured on this list: DoubleTree Hotel and Hotel Slipway. So…how does Coral Beach differ from these two?

Above all, Coral Beach Hotel is the most peaceful and relaxing of the three.

Whereas the DoubleTree is more of a standard business hotel, and Hotel Slipway is a hive of activity given its location in a popular entertainment and leisure center, Coral Beach Hotel feels very much like a big private villa with its beautiful lush gardens, indoor rock fountain features, and multi-level spread.

The rooms are neat and beautifully decorated, some with ocean views.

The Beach Club Dar es Salaam
The Beach Club, Coral Beach Hotel

The Beach Club, a swanky restaurant at the hotel located by the ocean, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Indian Ocean, while having bites and drinks.

The service throughout the hotel is somewhat lackadaisical. The food is also a little touch-and-go. At times it is very good (especially the Indian cuisine), sometimes not so good. Blue Book Now Button

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Dar es Salaam
Bar at the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, Dar es Salaam

Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort

If you are coming to Dar es Salaam for a budget beachside holiday, then Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort might be just the place for you.

A very popular establishment, even for Dar es Salaam locals, Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort has good access to the beach. It also has 3 swimming pools and entertainment on weekends and public holidays.

Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort is very well priced and serves noteworthy breakfast (my ex-boyfriend and I used to go there often for regular breakfast dates).

The accommodation facilities are a bit dated and simple, but they are very clean and serve the purpose.

I do not recommend this hotel if you are in Dar es Salaam for business due to its location.

Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort is located on Mbezi Beach. This is quite a while away from downtown Dar es Salaam, especially during rush hour.Blue Book Now Button

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort
The beach at Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort

Kipepeo Beach and Village

Many of Dar es Salaam’s beaches are highly commercialized, noisy, and because of proximity to urban waste, have dirty water that many people choose not to swim in.

When I want to spend time at the beach in Dar es Salaam, includng swimming in the ocean, I go to one of two places: Mbudya Island or Kipepeo Beach in Kigamboni. Why? Because in those two places I am sure to find clean ocean water. Also, they offer the simplicity and calm that I expect when I spend time at the ocean.

On top of very good, well-priced food, a well-stocked bar, and good service, Kipepeo Beach also offers budget accommodation in the form of beach bandas (huts) and chalets.

Beware though: Kipepeo Beach is located in Kigamboni, which is a 5-minute ferry ride from downtown Dar es Salaam across Dar es Salaam harbour.

The establishment is then a further 20-minute drive from the ferry terminal.

The Kigmboni ferry can get very crowded and runs on an erratic schedule, so I do not recommend this option if 1) you are in Dar es Salaam for business, 2) if you plan to cross over to the city often, or 3) if you plan on having late nights out on the town.

Kipepo Beach is a good choice if you are looking for a calm, leisurely, beach-based Dar es Salaam holiday.Blue Book Now Button

Mediterraneo Hotel & Conference Room

Hotels in Dar es Salaam: The Lounge at Mediterraneo Hotel, Dar es Salaam
The lounge at Mediterraneo Hotel, Dar es Salaam

On the shores of the Dar es Salaam residential neighborhood of Kawe (between Mikocheni and Mbezi Beach), is a charming boutique hotel called Mediterraneo.

With beautiful gardens that are a delight both during the day and at night, artistically decorated Mediterraneo is also home to one of Dar es Salaam’s most popular Italian restaurants of the same name.

The experience of the Indian Ocean and the views across it, at Mediterraneo, are simply stunning!

Before I moved to Dar es Salaam, this is one of the places that first made me fall in love with the city.

Mediterraneo is a small one-level boutique hotel with tastefully decorated rooms and well-fitted modern bathrooms.

It has a swimming pool near the ocean and beach access.

Kawe Beach, where Mediterraneo is located, is about a 45-minute drive from downtown Dar es Salaam (longer during rush hour). Beware of this if you need to commute to other parts of the city, especially at that time.Blue Book Now Button

Protea Hotel by Marriot Dar es Salaam Amani Beach

Paillotes at Amani Beach

Thirty-three kilometers south of downtown Dar es Salaam lies the lovely Protea Hotel by Marriot Dar e Salaam Amani Beach.

Idyllic, tranquil, and with only 10 cottages, Amani Beach offers one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere near Dar es Salaam…complete with a four-poster bed on the beach.

The food is simple but good. The service is very friendly.

If you want an unadulterated, quiet beach away from the city, this might be the perfect place for you. Blue Book Now Button


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.

READ ALSO: 6 Great Places to Stay in Bagmoyo, Tanzania

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.

Nos. 33 & 32: Beautiful Sunsets

Sunset in the Air, Flying to Nairobi, Kenya

Random 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!

READ ALSO: 20 Great Places to Stay in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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.)

Nos. 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.

Nos. 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 Lakeside 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!

Nos. 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.

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.

Until the next time,
Biche

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