“Southern Tanzania’s best hotel by miles, with bags of atmosphere, outstanding accommodation, and a wide range of activities and excursions”
Rough Guide to Tanzania
The Old Boma Hotel in southern Tanzania is a national monument that was originally a German fort built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It has been beautifully and sensitively restored into a comfortable hotel with up to date facilities, whilst retaining many original features and charm.
The Old Boma is located on the side of a hill overlooking Mikindani Bay, a large well protected harbour in the Indian Ocean, providing breathtaking views from dawn to dusk. The area is still very much ‘off the beaten track’ and wonderfully undeveloped, showing Tanzania at its unspoilt best.
Each room has either a sea, garden or pool view and is individually designed with a traditional hand carved bed and other locally crafted furniture, pictures and bed spreads.
A wide variety of activities and excursions are available from The Old Boma Hotel. These include PADI operated diving trips, a voyage on a traditional dhow sailing boat, expeditions to remote, idyllic beaches, journeys to the Mozambique border for hippo and croc spotting and guided tours around the local historic sites and markets.
Diving & Snorkelling
Mikindani offers an underwater paradise to snorkelers and all levels of divers with a diverse range of dive sites and marine life. Diving takes place in Mikindani Bay or the nearby Mnazi Bay – Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park. This stretch of coastline with pristine protected coral boasts some of the finest diving sites in the region and is recognised as the centre of biological diversity for the East African coast. Over 400 species of fish have been identified in the region, alongside rare species of marine life and over 258 species of coral. All diving trips are organised by our PADI scuba dive partner: Eco2 – Diving, Marine Research & Educational Centre. They offer eco-aware scuba diving and dive safaris and are just 5 minutes walk down the hill from The Old Boma Hotel.
For the less adventurous or those simply looking to unwind in beautiful surroundings the hotel facilities include the Afya Spa, Poolside Restaurant, Brian’s Bar, Sunset Terrace and a large swimming pool surrounded by Frangipani and Flame trees.
“Consistently delicious and inventive cooking”
Rough Guide to Tanzania
Mikindani is 6 miles north of Mtwara, the regional capital, and on the main tarmac road from Dar es Salaam to Mtwara. If touring the south we’re perfectly positioned for also visiting Selous Game Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and the ancient port city of Kilwa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The Old Boma Hotel is run by Trade Aid, a charitable trust that actively promotes sustainable tourism. The hotel provides vocational and environmental education, training and employment within the local community and is entirely staffed by locals supported by Tanzanian Managers and European volunteers. Trade Aid works with the national, regional and local government of Tanzania on a variety of community projects including hospitality training, language classes, and conservation programmes. All the projects encourage sustainable employment, education and environmental responsibility.