Beach Holidays

The lure of white sands and crystal clear waters

Bask in the sun on the exotic shores of mainland Africa or spend your dream holiday on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Mauritius, Zanzibar and the Seychelles – they’re all renowned for unspoilt beaches and turquoise seas.

Honeymooners wanting a lazy, intimate holiday to complement the excitement of their wedding day can enjoy their own private paradise. A typical day might include a bit of snorkelling, a lot of sun lounging, perhaps a pampering massage followed by cocktails at sunset, a romantic dinner under the stars and a barefoot stroll along the beach.

For those who find it hard to sit still, African resorts offer a myriad of water sports and activities. Snorkel or scuba dive off living reefs, go jet skiing, kayaking or deep sea fishing. Back on dry land, there’s always golf, tennis or even yoga classes. You’ll certainly never be bored.

If you fancy a more cultural scene, head inland. Explore the sugarcane plantations and volcanoes of Mauritius, learn about the spice and slave trade of Zanzibar or tour the beautiful winelands of the Cape.

Safari and beach combos

You can stay in one place or island hop on a dhow with a professional guide and local crew. People often choose to tag beach time onto the end of a safari holiday, combining South Africa with Mauritius, Botswana with Mozambique or Tanzania with Zanzibar. Even Malawi has a freshwater lake the size of an inland sea. With an extensive fish population, crazy rock formations and calm waters with great visibility, it promises incredible scuba diving. For a different experience, go bird watching in the mangrove forests of Mozambique or swim with turtles, manta rays and whale sharks off the coast of Zanzibar.

Sub-Saharan Africa offers so many different types of beach holiday. Whether you opt for a luxurious retreat with a butler, pool and tropical gardens or a Robinson Crusoe style beach house where simplicity and tranquillity reign, sunshine and relaxation are almost guaranteed.