Beach and Safari Holidays in Africa

Updated: 20th July 2021

You'd be mad to go to Africa and not embark on a safari. The continent is home to some of the world's most majestic creatures, from graceful giraffes to proud lions and lumbering elephants. But safaris can be hard work. So what better way to compliment your wildlife adventure than with a few days of R&R on the beach? From the white sands of Zanzibar to the windswept beaches of Swakopmund in Namibia and the southern point of Africa at Cape Town, there are loads of great options for creating your perfect beach and wildlife journey.

Namibia - Skeleton Coast
Best For: Water sports and adventure

Namibia

Combine the incredible Etosha National Park and the towering sand dunes of the Namib Desert with the popular beach resort of Swakopmund for the ultimate African holiday. Swakopmund's beaches are perfect for relaxing, but the region is also a hub for adrenalin seekers. Surrounded on three sides by the Namib Desert, it is popular with skydivers and hot air balloon enthusiasts, whilst there is always the possibility of an SUV desert safari. Meanwhile, on the coast, surfing, kitesurfing and other water sports are possible thanks to a good breeze, which creates relatively large waves. Nicknamed the Skeleton Coast, many historic shipwrecks can also be spotted along the western coast of Namibia.

Recommended tour: Cape to Namibia→

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.

Recommended tour: World in One Country→

Beautiful beach in Bwejuu, Zanzibar
Best For: Natural Wonders

Tanzania

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.

Recommended tour: Best of Kenya & Tanzania→

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

Madagascar

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.

Recommended tour: 1000 Views of Madagascar →

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