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

Kenya

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

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.

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.

Recommend Tours

To help get you started with planning your perfect holiday, take a look at our Africa group tours that combine a wildlife safari with time spent unwinding on a beautiful beach.

BudgetNungwi Beach | Zanzibar | Africa

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1000 Views of Madagascar

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Top Africa Deals
Dune 45 | Sossusvlei | Namibia An African Adventure Southbound - 37 days Map
01 Nov 2019  2-for-1
An African Adventure Southbound - 37 days
£733
was £1,465
Zanzibar Beaches | Zanzibar | Tanzania Zanzibar to Zimbabwe - 16 days Map
01 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Zanzibar to Zimbabwe - 16 days
£398
was £795
Western Cape Beach | South Africa | Africa Falls to Cape - 22 days Map
02 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Falls to Cape - 22 days
£398
was £795
San Bushmen | Botswana | Africa Falls to Namibia - 10 days Map
02 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Falls to Namibia - 10 days
£223
was £445
Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe & Zambia | Africa Falls to Joburg - 12 days Map
02 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Falls to Joburg - 12 days
£280
was £560
Rhinos | African Safaris | Africa Zimbabwe to Zanzibar - 16 days Map
02 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Zimbabwe to Zanzibar - 16 days
£398
was £795
Elephants | Africa Overland Safaris | Africa Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days Map
02 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Big Five Explorer Safari Northbound - 36 days
£848
was £1,695
Lioness | African Safari | Africa Wildlife Express Northbound - 22 days Map
02 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Wildlife Express Northbound - 22 days
£508
was £1,015
Masai men under Acacia trees | Kenya East Africa Encompassed - 16 days Map
04 Nov 2019  2-for-1
East Africa Encompassed - 16 days
£733
was £1,465
Lioness and Cub | Safari | Africa Wildlife, Falls and Beaches - 27 days Map
04 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Wildlife, Falls and Beaches - 27 days
£943
was £1,885
Leopard | African Safaris | Africa Best of Kenya & Tanzania - 11 days Map
04 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Best of Kenya & Tanzania - 11 days
£565
was £1,130
Discover the best time to visit Botswana and the Okavango Delta with our guide Namibia to Falls - 10 days Map
07 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Namibia to Falls - 10 days
£223
was £445
Okavango Delta | Botswana | Africa An African Adventure - 37 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
An African Adventure - 37 days
£733
was £1,465
Running Cheetah | African Safaris | Africa Wildlife Express - 22 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Wildlife Express - 22 days
£508
was £1,015
Hippo in Chobe | Botswana | On The Go Tours Cape to Kenya -  43 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Cape to Kenya - 43 days
£848
was £1,695
Table Mountain | Cape Town | South Africa | Africa Kenya to Cape - 43 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Kenya to Cape - 43 days
£848
was £1,695
Nungwi Beach | Zanzibar | Africa Zebras & Zanzibar - 11 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Zebras & Zanzibar - 11 days
£345
was £690
Zebras drinking | African Safaris | Africa Cape to Falls - 22 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Cape to Falls - 22 days
£398
was £795
Oryx in Sossuslvlei | Namibia Cape to Namibia - 14 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Cape to Namibia - 14 days
£280
was £560
Leopard in a tree | African Safaris | Africa Kenya to Kruger - 33 days Map
09 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Kenya to Kruger - 33 days
£680
was £1,360
Giraffes in Etosha | Namibia | On The Go Tours Namibia to Cape - 14 days Map
10 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Namibia to Cape - 14 days
£280
was £560
Gorilla | Uganda | Africa Gorilla Trek & Tanzania Northbound - 25 days Map
13 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Gorilla Trek & Tanzania Northbound - 25 days
£680
was £1,360
Lions Resting | Tanzania | On The Go Tours Kruger to Kenya - 33 days Map
19 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Kruger to Kenya - 33 days
£680
was £1,360
Young Leopard in Hwange | Zimbabwe | On The Go Tours Jo'burg to Falls - 12 Days Map
19 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Jo'burg to Falls - 12 Days
£280
was £560
Gorilla with her baby | Uganda | On The Go Tours The Big Overlander Northbound - 47 days Map
19 Nov 2019  2-for-1
The Big Overlander Northbound - 47 days
£1,080
was £2,160
Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | Africa Great African Expedition - 57 days Map
23 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Great African Expedition - 57 days
£1,225
was £2,450
Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | Africa Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Map
23 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days
£848
was £1,695
Mountain Gorilla | Uganda | Africa Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days Map
23 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days
£398
was £795
Gorillas | Uganda | Africa Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Map
23 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days
£680
was £1,360
Zebras | African Safaris | Africa The Big Overlander - 47 days Map
23 Nov 2019  2-for-1
The Big Overlander - 47 days
£1,080
was £2,160
Samburu Tribe | Kenya | Africa Great African Expedition North - 57 days Map
23 Nov 2019  2-for-1
Great African Expedition North - 57 days
£1,225
was £2,450