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Best African Beach Breaks

As winter drags on in the northern hemisphere thoughts easily turn to sunshine and sinking your toes into warm sand…but with finite annual leave how can we be expected to cram it all in?? We’ve come up with the perfect solution – make your holiday work harder with a few days lazing at the beach after your safari!

There are so many fabulous places to choose from on this amazing continent it’s hard to name our favourites, but here’s a quick guide on where to go, whatever you’re looking for from your African beach holiday.

Best for relaxed family holidays and private house parties: Malindi, Kenya

Also some of the best deep sea fishing on the East African coast.

Top recommendation: The Driftwood Beach Club

Best time to go: The Kenyan coast enjoys nine months of spectacular sunshine from July through to April

Best for laid back luxury and romance: Lamu Archipelago, Kenya

Lamu offers some of the most beautiful beaches and a real taste of Swahili culture.



Top recommendation: Kizingo

Best time to go: Good from September to December, at its best in February and March. Visit between November to April for the chance to swim with dolphins

Best for affordable paradise: Zanzibar

The spice island of Zanzibar has something for every budget with amazing seafood and excellent diving.



Top recommendation: Blue Bay Resort

Best time to go: Good from June to March

Best for adrenaline: Cape Town

Surfing, shark cage diving and whale watching dished up with freshly caught oysters and a bottle of Chenin Blanc, it has to be South Africa.

Hout Bay, Cape Town

Hout Bay, Cape Town

Top recommendation: The Twelve Apostles

Best time to go: November to March

Best for eco luxury and pristine wilderness: Northern Mozambique

Mozambique’s northern Quirimbas archipelago offers some of the most unspoilt beaches and coral reefs, with some of the best diving in the world. A great place to see hawksbill, green, loggerhead and leatherback turtles.

Top recommendation: Vamizi Island

Best time to go: May to December

Best for snorkelling, big game fish and Dugongs: Southern Mozambique



The Bazaruto Archipelago in Southern Mozambique is one of the few places in the world where Dugongs can be seen. Offering glorious palm lined beaches, this is a Seychelles experience without the price tag.

Top recommendation: Marlin Lodge

Best time to go: May to October / November

Best for nature lovers: Madagascar

With its luxuriant vegetation and rich fauna and flora, Madagascar is a paradise for nature lovers. Nosy Be is sunny all year round, with white sandy beaches and clear turquoise lagoons.

Top recommendation: Anjajavy

Best time to go: Between April and October

Best for exclusive island retreats and blow the budget honeymoons: The Seychelles

The Seychelles has to be number one for its stunning beaches, diving and eco credentials.

North Island, Seychelles

North Island, Seychelles

Top recommendation: North Island

Best time to go: the southeast trade winds are steady from May to October, and during this period there is little rain, and the days are hot, humid and sunny

Best for the classic beach brek: Mauritius

With some of the best beaches on the planet, Mauritius offers real value for money, spectacular scenery and sun soaked water sports.

Top recommendation: Belle Mare Plage

Best time to go: May to November during the winter, which is warm and dry



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