Beaches and islands in Africa are as varied as the enormous continent itself, each offering something unique to you and your family while remaining distinctly African.
Of course, when it comes to idyllic island beach destinations, fun-filled Mauritius and the islands of the Seychelles come to mind first. Moreover, these destinations can easily be combined with any kind of African vacation, including big game safaris in Southern or East Africa.
Holidays in South Africa give you a wide choice of beach destinations. Choose between the glamorous city beaches of cosmopolitan Cape Town, the long family-friendly sandy beaches of the Garden Route or the golden sands and warm waters of the unspoilt and semi-tropical KwaZulu-Natal coast. South Africa is ideal for self-drive road trips, if you prefer to sightsee at your own pace.
On one of our Mozambique holidays you will discover some of the best beaches in Africa. Wonderful long beaches can be found on the mainland but for a real African island experience, travel to the islands that lie off the coast.
The islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago offer some of the world's best scuba diving and snorkelling while the fascinating history and culture found in the islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago - also home to sensational diving and snorkelling - add a sense of romantic nostalgia to your island holiday.
Following an East African safari to the Masai Mara or Serengeti, beaches on Kenya's mainland coast or the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar often beckon for a relaxing beach holiday. There's great diving as well as private honeymoon islands and plenty of activities on offer. A few days R&R on Zanzibar is the traditional way to recover after successfully summitting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!
For a thoroughly different take on an African beach holiday, head to the shores of Lake Malawi - you'll get palm-fringed beaches, dazzling blue water and the chance to go diving and snorkelling amid thousands of fish in clear, fresh water. It's hundreds of miles from the coast but Lake Malawi will enchant you.