Mbezi Beach - Dar Es Salaam
Mbezi Beach is a new area about 20 km north of the city centre between the New Bagamoyo Road and the Indian Ocean. It is a popular alternative to the Msasani Peninsular for ex-pats and rich Tanzanians, despite the long commute into the city centre during rush hour.
Housing is in spacious two-storey villas or bungalows in large, gated plots of land. The environment is lush and tropical and there is a feeling of space.
However, building has been haphazard and roads can be very poor, especially during the rainy season; there are also frequent water and power shortages in the area and houses have their own water tanks and generators. There is no street lighting.
Services and amenities in the area include the International Medical and Technological University (IMTU) hospital, located inside the IMTU campus, a pet food factory, White Sands hotel and resort with its good sports and recreational facilities, Kinduchi Beach hotel, Karibu art gallery and Heaven of Peace Academy (HOPAC), one of the main international schools in the city. The nearest shops are at Kawe to the south, where there are also transport connections.
There are taxis at White Sands junction in the north and it is possible to hire bicycles here too.
Silver Sands and Bahari Beach are to the north.