Beach and Safari Holidays in Africa

No trip to Africa would be complete without a safari. With its spectacular scenery, world-famous game reserves and iconic Big Five, the continent offers some of the most epic wildlife-viewing on the planet. And what could be better than combining an exhilarating game drive with time on a heavenly tropical beach? From the white sands of Zanzibar to palm-fringed shores of Mozambique, Africa’s coastline offers plenty of options for creating your perfect beach and safari combination.

Diani Beach in Kenya
Best For: Luxury and Romantic Getaways


See two sides to this incredible country by combining the world-famous Masai Mara with Mombasa’s tropical beaches. As Kenya’s premier game destination, the Masai Mara sees Africa's most famous animal residents roam through a landscape of undulating grasslands and acacia trees. Big cat sightings are particularly impressive and, between July and September, you may witness The Great Migration as millions of wildebeest arrive from the Serengeti. Surrounding Mombasa are some of the world’s most exclusive luxury resorts, with the white sands of Diani, Nyali or Bamburi Beach perfect for unwinding after your safari.

Secluded Beach on South Africa's Garden Route
Best for: Families with kids

South Africa

If you’re looking to take your family on a safari and beach holiday, South Africa’s Eastern Cape is the place for you. Home to excellent ‘malaria-free’ reserves, you can spot the iconic Big Five without having to worry about your children taking their tablets. The best-known reserves include Addo Elephant Park, Kwande and Shamwari, with the welcoming beaches of the Garden Route just a few hours drive away. Unwind on the sands or enjoy the water sports on offer, before ending your day with a traditional South African braai.

Beautiful beach in Bwejuu, Zanzibar
Best For: Natural Wonders


Home to the Ngorongoro Crater and the endless plains of the Serengeti, Tanzania is often considered the ultimate safari destination. Each year, The Great Migration sees millions of wildebeest move through the Serengeti, creating one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth. Add to this the pristine beaches and azure waters surrounding the island of Zanzibar, where you can enjoy some rest and relaxation, alongside some of the world's best diving.

Sunset over Madagascar Nosy be beach with sunlounger and parasol
Best for: Something a Little Different


Set off Africa’s east coast, Madagascar is home to thousands of animal species found nowhere else on Earth. The island's signature animal is, of course, the lemur, and wildlife enthusiasts can spot around 13 different species in the rainforests of Andasibe National Park. Of these 13, you’ll find the Indri Indri, Madagascar’s largest living lemur, as well as plenty of colourful chameleons and bird species. With 5000km of coastline, the turquoise Indian Ocean is never far away and after your safari you can relax on the sun-drenched sands of Ifaty, Ile Sainte Marie or Nosy Be.

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