Mbudya Island is a great day excursion from Dar es Salaam; it’s a short trek from Tanzania’s main metropolis to a tropical island paradise. A nice respite from the city’s scorching, tiring, and frantic pace.
How to get To Mbudya Island?
The mainland of Dar es Salaam is about a 20-minute boat trip away from Mbudya Island. To catch a local speed boat from Dar es Salaam to Mbudya Island, travel to Kibo Beach or Jangwani Sea Breeze Resort in the Mbezi region and pay the Mbudya Island government fees and boat fees to a local boatman.
Every half-hour, a boat is available depending on how many people you are bringing; there are a variety of sizes available. The huge boats have a capacity of 40 passengers. The boat ride can be bumpy at times. If you get seasick easily, take some anti-nausea medication before you begin the tour to the Island.
Mbudya Island is a place to marvel at, and there are several sites you can tour at Mbudya Island Day Trip, as discussed below:
Visit Nyumba ya Sanaa
The Nyumba ya Sanaa, which translates to “House of Art” in Swahili, has interesting curios and ethnic art. It was created to highlight Tanzanian art and craftsmanship, occasionally holding music and dance performances.
Look for finely carved Makonde items and beautiful Tinga Tinga paintings. When you arrive at the Askari Monument (soldier in Swahili), you will know you have arrived at the city’s true heart. It houses a bronze figurine memorial to the fallen native soldiers who fought in World War I in support of Great Britain’s “Carrier Corps” military strategy against German forces under Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck.
Tour Village Museum
Visit the National Museum and the Culture House for cultural ethnographic collections. Here you will marvel at several artifacts and remains from the Tanganyika war for independence, slavery, and colonialism history, evolution displays, and a more in-depth look into the past.
Traditional dances, music, and other cultural performances are regularly held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. White Father’s Mission House, Saifee Masjid, Ithnasheri Mosque, Lutheran Church, and Shri Swaminarayan Mandir depict Dar es Salaam’s rich historic fusion and religious tolerance.
Enjoy the Sun and Sand Of Mbudya Island
The heat in Mbudya is wonderful, but it is tremendous. The water is ideal, cold and refreshing, and exactly the correct temperature to keep you cool in the heat.
When the moment comes to take it all in, listen to the rustle of palms swinging in the breeze and the silence of frothy waves gently lapping on the shore, feeling the cool water surge in, over, and around you while frolicking on the white sand. It should come as no surprise that this is where you will spend the majority of your time on the Island.
Explore Coral and Aquatic Life
Mbudya is not simply about sunbathing in the tropics! The waters around the island are also rich in coral and aquatic life, making snorkeling a great option. The aquatic life is diverse and beautiful, with brilliant coral walls, sea turtles, manta rays, and schools of vibrant tropical fish. Staff on the island can arrange for you to rent snorkeling equipment if you are interested.
Mbudya Island, an undeveloped island with white sand beaches and crystal blue waters is the perfect place to relax in the shade of lush flora. The turquoise waters around the island, part of a marine reserve, offer excellent snorkeling with various colorful species.
Several tiny hiking routes wind their way through dense woodlands, and you can stay longer at one of the nearby campgrounds. Contact Us to book your ticket and enjoy the wonderful sceneries and culture at Mbudya Island.