Beach and Safari Holidays in Africa

Updated: 18th May 2022

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: Etosha, Okavango & Chobe→

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 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: Southern Africa Cape to Falls

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: Masai Mara & Tanzania Explorer→

Bazaruto tropical island view in Mozambique
Best for: Getting Off the Beaten Track

Mozambique

With over 2,500 kilometres of brilliant-white sands, swaying palms and turquoise waters, Mozambique’s coastline is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Its most alluring attractions being the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos, idyllic offshore islands offering breath-taking coral reefs and marine life. When it comes to choosing your safari destination, both Gorongosa National Park and Niassa Reserve boast untamed wilderness and countless wildlife species, with the famed Kruger National Park just over the border in South Africa.

Recommended tour: Southern Africa Explorer→

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