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Beach holidays & tours

Beach destinations may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering Africa, but the continent does offer some of the best beach-lounging, cocktail-sipping, novel-reading, body-bronzing experiences in the world.

Beach holidays & tours available in Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania

Beach destinations may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering Africa, but the continent does offer some of the best beach-lounging, cocktail-sipping, novel-reading, body-bronzing experiences in the world.

In terms of the best beach experiences, focus your research on Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique and Zanzibar. If an inland lake can be classified as a beach, don't forget to swing by Lake Malawi too. All of these destinations cater for family getaways, and are wonderful as honeymoon escapes too. 

Popular Beach holidays in Africa

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

South African bush and beach safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African bush and beach safari

Explore the jewel in the crown of Cape Town’s glamorous and encounter the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park

$ 3,904

£ 3,028

R 51,724

3,327

per person

10 days

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari itinerary

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park.

$ 5,605

£ 4,347

R 74,260

4,777

per person

14 days

Tanzania honeymoon safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania honeymoon safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar

$ 5,280

£ 4,095

R 69,955

4,500

per person

13 days

Cape Town, Winelands & Kruger Luxury Journey (SA 9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger Park Journey

Experience Cape Town, the lush Cape Winelands and a safari in the Kruger National Park and you'll fall under South Africa's spell

$ 2,870

£ 2,225

R 38,020

2,446

per person

9 days

Deluxe Mozambique Honeymoon - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Deluxe Mozambique Honeymoon

Romance, exclusivity and barefoot luxury are the theme of this honeymoon

$ 5,230

£ 4,056

R 69,293

4,458

per person

6 days

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation.

$ 5,855

£ 4,541

R 77,575

4,990

per person

12 days

Affordable Mozambique Honeymoon - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Affordable Mozambique Honeymoon

Spend 5 romantic nights at Ibo Island Lodge, situated in the magical Quirimbas Archipelago in Northern Mozambique.

$ 2,525

£ 1,958

R 33,454

2,152

per person

6 days

15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari - Africa Wildlife Safaris

15-day Kruger, Cape Town, Mauritius Bush and Beach safari

Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius.

$ 6,902

£ 5,353

R 91,450

5,883

per person

15 days

Luxury Mozambique Honeymoon - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Luxury Mozambique Honeymoon

Powder white beaches and crystal clear, warm ocean water is what honeymoons are made of - and this is the perfect honeymoon option for you if this is what you are looking for.

$ 2,706

£ 2,099

R 35,852

2,306

per person

7 days

South African holiday adventure - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African holiday adventure

Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five

$ 4,578

£ 3,550

R 60,650

3,902

per person

11 days

More on Beach holidays in Africa

Introduction

South Africa doesn't have too many beach resorts in the true sense of the word, but if you find yourself on the east coast, in particular the Garden Route or Kwa-Zulu Natal, you'll be able to experience the warm Indian Ocean right on your doorstep. 

Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but the freezing Benguerra current makes swimming at these beaches a chilly affair. 

Kenya offers white sandy beaches and clear, warm water along its glorious coastline. As with Tanzania, a Kenyan beach experience after a safari is a wonderful addition to your itinerary. June to the end of September is the best time to visit Kenya's coast. 

When travelling to Tanzania, you have the option of visiting a beach on the mainland or head to one of the islands just off the coast, like Pemba and Mafia. There's a resort to suit every budget. Zanzibar, which lies off the coast from Tanzania, is possibly one of the most under-rated of all beach destinations in Africa. 

Mozambique has some of the most iconic beaches in Africa. The mainland resorts offer a wealth of activities and some of the best Scuba diving spots in the world. The islands off the coast of Mozambique are something special too. It's possible to feel like you are the only person for hundreds of miles when relaxing on these pristine white beaches, with the warm Indian Ocean lapping at your feet.

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Santorini Mozambique, Vilanculous, Mozambique - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Santorini Mozambique, Vilanculous

The white walled, multi-tiered landmark of Santorini Mozambique, commands panoramic views across the expanse of Vilanculos Bay and the…


White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, Mozambique - Africa Wildlife Safaris

White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli

White Pearl Resorts, Ponta Mamoli, offers the ultimate in beach luxury in Africa. Experience elegant simplicity at this exclusive beach…


Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Polana Serena Hotel, Maputo

Built in 1922 along sweepingly splendid lines, the magnificent Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo has long been considered one of Africa’s finest…


Swimming Pool at Magaruque Island in Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Magaruque Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Magaruque Island is 1.6 km long and 1.4 km wide, the third largest in the Bazaruto archipelago. It is the closest island to Vilanculos, and…


Frequently Asked Questions about Beach holidays in Africa

When is the best time to visit Shamwari Game Reserve?

Wildlife viewing in Shamwari Game Game Reserve is good throughout the year. However, the best wildlife viewing is during the driest winter months of June to September. The lack of water in the bush drives animals to open water sources -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Camdeboo National Park?

Although wildlife viewing is good throughout the year. The warmer months from October to March are more pleasant - the scenery is greener and this is also the time most of the animals are born. However, the park is mostly about its scenery… go there.

When is the best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve?

The best time to visit Ithala Game Reserve is during the dry winter months, from May to September. During this season it is easier to spot the wildlife since the grass is eaten by herbivores. Expect to encounter and sight birds - such as… go there.

When is the best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park ?

The best time to visit Tankwa Karoo National Park is from autumn through winter to early summer of April to September. However, this is a perfect place to indulge in blessed idleness. If you want to see the landscape and animals, you'll… go there.

When is the best time to visit Marakele National Park?

The best time to visit Marakele National Park is during May to September. Since animals tend to seek for reliable waterholes and stay close by during the dry winter months. However, this is the best time for wildlife viewing. Marakele is a… go there.

When is the best time to visit Augrabies Falls National Park?

Augrabies Falls National Park is open throughout the year, but the best time to visit is between April and September. When the popular three-day Klipspringer Trail is open. However, the waterfall is particularly impressive when in flood -… go there.

When is the best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park?

The best time to visit Nyungwe Forest National Park in the southern Rwanda is during the drier months of June to August or December to January. Even though June to August or December to January are categorically referred to as drier months… go there.

When is the best time to visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve?

You may visit Wolhuterskop Game and Nature Reserve all year around - winter (during the months of June and August) are chilly, and summer (during the months of November and January) are hot. Enjoy horse rides, mountain bike and game drive. go there.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar Island

The best time to visit Zanzibar Island is from June to October - during the dry months of spring. However, another popular time to visit the tropical Island is from December to February - when it’s hot and dry. go there.

Beach holidays in Africa - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Reviews on our Beach holidays in Africa

Discover Africa was the only tour operator I reached out to who wanted to have a Skype conversation to get to know more and my husband & my tastes and preferences. Megan Warrington was wonderful to work with - she crafted our activities and…

Stephanie

from United States of America

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.

Ron

from United States of America

They organized everything for our first visit to Africa, from the airport meet & greet through to the tours, great hotels and locations.

Michael

from United States of America

From the first approach to the end, Discover Africa, has been excellent . The hotels, the service and every think has been well above our expectation. The perfect choice ! Thanks to all and specially to Megan.

Enrico Liberati

from Italy

My trip last August to Botswana was arranged by Discover Africa and I couldn't have chosen better. Everything was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything. The safari tour was far beyond expectations; the accommodation was…

Debby

from Spain

The assistance was provided very professionally. Our trip coordinator tried to find the best places considering all our needs and finance. I would definitely recommend Discover Africa to everyone who is going to make a memorable Africa trip!

Anna Martirosyan

from Portugal

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