Top 4 of the Best Beach & Wildlife Getaways in Africa


Here in Cape Town where African Budget Safaris is based it’s pretty chilly on most days (being winter), even when the sun does come out. It is the perfect time for a trip to some tropical island, where it’s warm enough to stretch out and catch some sun on the beach.

If you are in Southern Africa like I am, you don’t have to fly across the planet to Thailand to experience something different and bask in the sunshine. There are plenty of excellent-value-for-money African Safaris to warm beach and bush holiday destinations right on our doorstep! Plus, if you’re travelling from South Africa these sunny safari stops are all within affordable and relatively easy reach for a short break!

Even if you’re based in Europe or the States, these tropical African destinations are worth travelling to for a completely different beach holiday experience! Taking an African Safari to one of these idyllic beach or lake destination offers a unique cultural and social adventure, with the bonus of superb game viewing and scenic journeys thrown into the mix!

4 of the Best Beach Destinations on Widlife Safaris in Africa:

  1. Bazaruto Islands & Mozambique beaches
  2. Zanzibar Island off the Tanzanian coast
  3. Lake Malawi in The Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi
  4. Madagascar & Nosy Be

Zanzibar Island beach  Mozambique Diving Image  Madagascar Island Image  Lake Malawi Beach image

Pristine, sandy beaches and warm waters are the norm across the board at these 4 African Beach Spots. Here’s a look at each beach paradise in a little more detail:

1. Mozambique Beaches & Bazaruto Islands

On the east coast of Southern Africa, Mozambique’s beaches and islands are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Travel to Praia de Zavorra, Morrungulu, Inhambane, Praia do Tofo and Vilanculous, on the mainland near the Bazaruto Archipelago. Water activities include snorkelling, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking and dhow sailing trips. Bazaruto, known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is world famous for its pristine reefs and abundant sealife, from manta rays to whale sharks, making for superb scuba diving and snorkelling.

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Bazaruto Islands and Mozambique Beach Trips are mostly combined with Kruger National Park (South Africa) and other top game parks and attractions in southern Africa, including Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi.

Have a look at the Tours to Bazaruto Islands and Tours to Mozambique.

Bazaruto Islands Image

2. Zanzibar Island off the Tanzanian coast

The allure of the exotic Spice Islands off Tanzania lies in the miles of unspoiled beaches and rich history, strongly influenced by Arabic culture along with African influences.

Most Zanzibar Island Trips go to beaches on the east and northeastern coast of the main Island, called Unguja, boasting palm-fringed, white sand beaches and the historic old Stone Town.

Spend your time relaxing on the idyllic beaches and exploring the island, far away from ordinary life (and the cold for some). Water activities range from swimming, snorkelling and diving to deep-sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and  traditional dhow saiing trips to off-lying islands.

As with Bazaruto, Zanzibar Island is world-renowned for its superb diving, due to the warm, clear waters, colourful coral reefs and rich marine life.

Zanzibar Island Trips include options to also go game viewing in the world-famous Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania), as well as Masai Mara (Kenya).

Browse the Zanzibar Island Budget Tours to see the options available.

Zanzibar Beach image

3. Lake Malawi in The Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi

The Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi, is renowned for its friendly local people. Lake Malawi is known for its clear, warm waters and fresh fish. Although this is a freshwater lake, the vast Lake Malawi is fringed by sandy beaches and home to an abundance of tropical fish, as well as a variety of other marine animals.

This shores of this warm water lake are lined with small villages in a setting flanked by scenic mountains. The lake is ideal for watersports such as snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and dhow sailing trips to islands and nearby bays.

Lake Malawi is also a good place to go horse riding and hiking, along with exploring the bustling markets and meeting the locals.

Many Lake Malawi Trips also embark on game viewing drives in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, and other nearby wildlife parks, before or after relaxing on the tropical beaches of the lake. Lake Malawi is an excellent destination for sailing trips, with several sailing tour options available.

Check out the Budget Lake Malawi Tours.

Shores of Lake Malawi

4. Madagascar

Madagascar is a totally unique travel destination, referred to as the “eighth continent” by ecologists for its distinctive flora and fauna, with around 90% of the animal and plant species being endemic.

Nosy Be Island, off the northwest coast of Madagascar, is one of our most idyllic beach destinations, along with the beaches of Morondava, Faux Cap and St Marie Island. The climate of much of Madagascar and Nosy Be in particular, is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, especially at this time of year. From late August to November the climate is drier and not as baking hot at summer, just right for exploring and relaxing on the beaches.

The waters are clear and warm, and the sandy beaches unspoilt and tranquil. Activities include snorkeling, diving, fishing and dhow sailing trips year-round.

From July to late August is whale watching season, especially on St Marie Island, the Bay of Antongil and off the east coast of Madagascar. This is the time of year when humpback whales can be seen with their young. From September to November is also a great time for seeing baby lemurs and flowering jacaranda trees.

The Malagasy have a strong and unique cultural identity that differs from elsewhere in Africa and beyond. Madagascar, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, also hosts diverse national parks protecting rainforests and its fascinating creatures.

See our Budget Madagascar Tours & Nosy Be Holidays.

Madagascar Beach Image

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