Beach holidays in Africa

From Southern Africa to East Africa, you can experience a variety of regions, beaches and cultural diversity.

Beaches and islands in Africa are as varied as the continent itself. Each offers something unique while still remaining distinctly African. If you are looking for a sun-kissed Africa beach holiday beneath a blue, azure sky then head to the east coast of Africa. If you're considering a more offbeat location, then the Skeleton Coast is outstanding for fishing.

Popular Beach holidays in Africa

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

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South African Bush to Mozambican Beach Holiday (9 days)

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Indian Ocean Islands: When it comes to idyllic island beach destinations, then Mauritius and the Seychelles are great options. These destinations can also be combined with any kind of big game safari in Southern or Eastern Africa with our bespoke safari offerings 

South Africa: Beach holidays in the southern most country of Africa will offer a wide choice of beach destinations. From the glam beaches of the Cape Town, to the family-friendly beaches of the Garden Route or the long, golden beaches in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Mozambique: You can find some of the best beaches in Mozambique, characterised by long beaches in Bazaruto and the Quirimbas Archipelagos, the islands in Mozambique are where the best scuba diving and snorkelling can be experienced.

East Africa: Beaches on Kenya's mainland coast, or the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar often beckon for a relaxing beach holiday. There are great diving and honeymoon islands as well as plenty of activities on offer.

Know before you go

Check what vaccinations are required before travelling

Ask your safari expert whether your destination is malaria-free

Make sure that your visas check out

Not all beaches have public facilities available

Gratuities are expected when dining (10% is the standard). This is of course at your own discretion

Dress modestly and be aware of any religious requirements, particularly in East African countries

Arrive with an open mind, African life works at a different pace

Stay well hydrated; the African sun is harsh

Not all tap water is suitable to drink. Ask your safari expert for more information.

A first-aid kit is always a great idea for minor accidents

Be sure to take out travel insurance

When to go

​Please refer to the weather and climate guide to determine the best time to travel per region.

What to pack


Casual and cool clothing

Something more modest if entering Muslim countries/regions

Walking shoes

Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses


One smart casual outfit

First-aid kit

Weather and Climate

​The weather and climate from region-to-region can differ quite vastly. Here is a basic guide to the weather and climate in each of the main African beach destinations:

Indian Ocean Islands: During summer soime islands experience a short, rainy season. Most though have great weather throughout the year with the exception of the wet months of January, February and March. Zanzibar for instance experiences rain from mid-March to May.

South Africa: Cape Town in the Western Cape gets its rainfall in the winter months from April-September, making October-January some of the best months to visit. The east coast in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the other hand gets rain during the summer months, but the weather remains warm and tropical throughout the year.

Mozambique: typically a tropical climate with two seasons. A wet season from October-March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions vary depending on the altitude, while rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south.

East Africa: the weather is typically equatorial with high temperatures year-round and little seasonal variation. There tend to be two short rainy seasons in East Africa, one around April and the other in October/November.

Safari / Holiday Styles

Beach holidays are all about enjoying time in the water and exploring the coast. Water activities are popular with locals and Africa has some incredible snorkelling and diving spots

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