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.
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→
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: Cape Town and the Garden Route→
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→
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.
East Africa Encompassed
Namibia to Cape
Zebras & Zanzibar
Falls to Namibia - 10 days
Falls to Joburg - 12 days
Falls to Cape - 22 days
East Africa Encompassed - 16 days
Best of Kenya & Tanzania - 11 days
Cape to Namibia - 14 days
An African Adventure - 37 days
Kenya to Cape - 43 days
Cape to Kenya - 43 days
Namibia to Cape - 14 days
An African Adventure Southbound - 37 days
Kruger to Kenya - 33 days
Jo'burg to Falls - 12 Days
Namibia to Falls - 10 days
Zimbabwe to Zanzibar - 16 days
Wildlife Express Northbound - 22 days
Wildlife, Falls and Beaches - 27 days
Zebras & Zanzibar - 11 days
Kenya to Kruger - 33 days
Wildlife Express - 22 days
Zanzibar to Zimbabwe - 16 days