With a vast and varied coastline, Africa boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Here you will find miles of untouched sandy stretches, dotted with luxury resorts, warm seas and some of the best conditions for water sports like sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing.
Majestic islands abound and several marine species are often seen cruising the coastline from dolphins to turtles, whales, whale sharks and everything in between.
Dreaming of a coastal getaway? Here are some of Africa’s best beach getaways:
While Egypt is a well-known tourist destination for its remarkable pyramids and ancient archaeological sites, the beaches here are also well worth a visit. The coastline is characterised by well-equipped resorts set on white sandy beaches with turquoise waters.
Lagoons provide a haven for kite surfers and windsurfers while off the coast marine parks, wrecks and reefs teaming with life, provide hours of fun for exploring snorkellers and scuba divers.
Mozambique offers travellers miles of unspoiled shores and turquoise warm waters. Visitors here can stay on the mainland or venture offshore to a private island where a unique Robinson-Crusoe style getaway awaits. Look forward to sightings of manta rays, turtles, various reef fish, whale sharks, and even the rare and elusive dugong. Mozambique is ideal for the intrepid traveller looking for a remote destination with fine beaches where you can simply get away from it all.
With a variety of game reserves nearby including the sprawling Gorongosa National Park and South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park, Mozambique also makes for a fantastic beach and bush experience.
The mother city of Cape Town, South Africa is the perfect place to start a coastal vacation in this magnificent country. Not only is Cape Town a world class city but it is flanked by beautiful beaches where you can see seals, dolphins, whales and penguins or simply enjoy the view while enjoying top cuisine and a cocktail or too.
From here you can venture along South Africa’s Garden Route to view the whales at Hermanus, go shark cage diving with Great Whites at Gaansbaai or go sea kayaking at Knysna or Plettenberg Bay.
Further up the coastline you’ll find the warm waters of Durban where you can experience the spectacle of the Sardine Run, before venturing further North to an area of wetlands and vast natural beauty. South Africa’s coast offers a variety of different experiences no matter your budget or interest.
Tanzania is the perfect location for romantic break or honeymoon. Here you will find a variety of magnificent islands, including Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba, home to some of the finest beaches in the world.
These islands are popular with divers and snorkellers due to the amazing coral reef that runs the length of the coast while kite surfer, surfers, and sailors also flock to these parts.
Tanzania is also famous for the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Kilimanjaro, allowing you the chance to visit some of Africa’s most alluring, exotic, and wild destinations in one country.