Home to unrivalled wildlife viewing and one of the world’s most impressive coastlines, there is no better place to combine a beach and safari trip than in Africa.
Africa and the Indian Ocean is blessed with a truly beautiful coastline and a wealth of fine beaches, with endless options whether you want to simply relax on soft sands or try your hand at a range of exciting water sports.
For those looking for an island paradise, Mauritius and the Seychelles are fine additions to any African itinerary. They are particularly good for relaxing after an action-packed safari. Both islands are havens for honeymooners and families alike, with sherbet-white beaches, sand-rimmed lagoons, and all-encompassing luxury resorts. For those more active, there are jungle trails, bird sanctuaries and tropical waters that are a playground for divers.
Zanzibar’s blue waters are equally alluring, and often where people will unwind after a safari in Tanzania. Why not add a bit of culture to your trip and visit Stone City, a UNCESCO World Heritage site bursting with artisanal crafts, intricately carved doors and grand Sultan palaces.
Mozambique is another palm-fringed paradise with an incredible 2,500km long coastline. As well as pure white sand and turquoise water, Mozambique offers endless aquatic activities, including scuba diving at Two Mile Reef, swimming with manta rays and whale sharks at Inhambane, and going big game fishing in the Quirimbas National Park.
Although better known for its excellent safaris and the wildlife strewn Masai Mara, Kenya’s beaches are superb and should not be overlooked. Diani beach and Msambweni beach in Mombasa are amongst the finest along the coastline, the perfect spot to relax or enjoy snorkelling, kite surfing and watching migrating whale sharks.