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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
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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.
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Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five
Explore the jewel in the crown of Cape Town’s glamorous and encounter the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park
This Southern Africa safari adventure will take you to the tip of the African continent
Explore the famous reserve that offer exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope
Experience Cape Town, the lush Cape Winelands and a safari in the Kruger National Park and you'll fall under South Africa's spell
Enjoy sandy beaches and scenic lakes on Bazaruto private island in Mozambique, try your hand at water sports or simply laze the days away at the pool
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.
Explore the romantic Atlantic Ocean with multi-cultural mixture and Big Five - also encounter the Livington Victoria Falls
This island getaway to Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar is ideal for honeymoon couples or anyone looking for white beaches and lots of diving, snorkeling and other ocean activities
Combine three of Southern Africa's most loved destinations into one romantic getaway and you'll share the memories forever
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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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The white walled, multi-tiered landmark of Santorini Mozambique, commands panoramic views across the expanse of Vilanculos Bay and the…
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Frequently Asked Questions about Beach holidays in Africa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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