Location of SandRocks Lodge Hotel near Kigamboni Ferry, Dar es Salaam

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Nyerere or Kigamboni BridgeMAP from DAR and Kigamboni Ferry to SANDROCKS LODGESandRocks Lodge is on the Indian Ocean, 28kms on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and Kigamboni Ferry

GPS co-ordinates  6° 90 ‘ 98 ” S – 39 ˚ 49 ‘ 585 ” E

(6.909897, 39.49585)



SandRocks Lodge

Our beautiful and peaceful lodge is tucked behind the rural village of Kichangani on the outskirts of  Kigamboni in the rural district of Temeke, Dar es Salaam  with the stunning and largest 4km Amani Gomvu Beach, a pleasant stroll away. We are about 35/40 mins (28km) drive south of the Kigamboni Ferry.   The road is mainly tarmac with the dirt tracks regularly looked after.

Please note Kurasini Creek  – is a long stretch of creek between Kigamboni and Dar es Salaam. Whilst it can be driven around, it is quicker to cross by either the Kigamboni Ferry, at the mouth of the creek and the Indian Ocean, or by the newly opened Nyerere Bridge.  This bridge is also known as Kigamboni Bridge.  Nyerere Bridge is slightly further down the creek, nearer the International and Domestic Julius Nyerere Airport.   It is quicker to go by the bridge if you are in a car.

We can arrange transfers from the Airport and Ferry please see Transfers and Trips

Distance from main Transport Links

  •  Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam – 50/60 mins owing to traffic and road condition (this will become quicker when new road opens) 40km
  •  Ubungo Bus Terminal, Dar es Salaam – 50 mins owing to traffic and road condition (this will become quicker when new road opens) 37km
  • Nyerere Bridge (also known as Kigamboni Bridge) which crosses the Kurasini Creek, which splits the city of Dar es Salaam and the rural area.  40/45 mins south to the lodge.  29km
  • Kigamboni Ferry/Dar es Salaam – 35/40 mins south to the lodge.  28 km
  • Kutani Airstrip 10 mins north to the lodge.  5km  (Approximate flight time from Dar es Salaam is 10 mins)
  • The Ferry Port  DAR/ Zanzibar – is about 10 mins walk from Kigamboni Ferry, along the creek.  The ferry can attract large queues with cars although the new bridge has eased this. The actual crossing takes about 12 mins.  You can cross by foot and pick up a Dala Dala or we can pick you up for around Tsh20,000

Driving Instructions from Dar es Salaam to SandRocks Lodge

Map Dege Eco Village to Sandrocks LodgegeFrom Julius Nyerere International Airport

These are current directions. Please check for update as it is a new bridge and new roads are still being built.  Take directions, right, to Nyerere bridge via Julius K Nyerere Road.  Turn right onto Nelson Mandela Rd.  Take directions to the bridge – 5  mins. 

From the Nyerere Bridge 

Follow the road left and keep to the main roads and follow right through to Mjimwema about 5 mins away.  Turn right at the T junction that has Oilcom petrol station. (follow instructions from Mjimwema/Dege/Kichangani below)

From the Kigamboni Ferry

If you are coming from the Ferry, then drive straight to Mjimwema, keeping close to the ocean front on your left. Drive straight on past the Oilcom petrol station that will be on your right.  Please note the nearest ATMs to the lodge are at this Oilcom station.

From Mjimwema

(Please note the nearest ATMs to the lodge are at this Oilcom station).  With the Oilcom petrol station on your right and the ocean on your left, follow the road, straight onto Dege where the road opens up wide and you will see the new Dege Eco Village with the huge flats being built.  Turn left, coming off the tarmac road at this point, with a blue fence is on your right.

Map Kichangani villageFrom Dege Eco Village

Carry on the dirt road through the countryside and farmland and small villages until you get to a small village of  Mbutu at the top of a hill.  Here you turn a sharp right and carry on for another 2km to Kichangani village which is much larger.

Map Kichangani village to SandRocksFrom Kichangani Village

Start to leave the village (about 20 metres) and on your left hand side you will see a small sand track and (we hope) a sign for SandRocks in yellow. You will carry on this sandy track for about another 1km in total, where you will cross a large open area for playing football.  Keep straight for about 1/4km, following the tracks and shortly after some more houses you will see our sign to go left again.  Go past the the farm fields for another 1/4km and you will then see us on the right hidden behind the coconut trees and you will also see our sign to turn right into our lodge.

Please note that at Kichangani village when you are trying to turn left, if you see a turning for Changani beach or the Horse Club, you have gone too far.  Please turn around and come back towards the village again.  Alternatively you can ask the boda boda (motorbike taxi) stop to guide you there for Tsh1000 or to show you the sand track (which is only about 20 metres away).

Attractions nearby

The Lodge is on the way to Selous National Game Reserve and Mafia Island so stop off here or after your visit before you go back to the City.  It is a great stop over before going back to the Julius Nyerere International Airport with it’s convenient quieter and cooler location from the Dar es Salaam City.

Sinda Island, Mikumi National Park (for a quick safari near the city) and other local attractions can be arranged from the lodge see also  virtual tourist.

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