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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
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
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