The top 3 African coastal destinations

Africa is synonymous with vast expanses of scorching desert sands and plains bursting with wildlife, but it’s also a wonderful place to explore the coast and enjoy a unique beach break. If you’re thinking of heading out to sea or basking on golden sands during your personalised South Africa holiday, you have plans to hit the beach in Kenya or you’re thinking about combining a safari trip with all-out relaxation in Tanzania, here are some ideas to inspire you.

Diani Beach, Kenya

Located around 30km from Mombasa, Kenya’s busiest tourist resort, Diani Beach is a heavenly stretch of pristine white sand, which has rapidly become a popular spot for those hoping to escape it all and catch some rays. Stretching 10km, there’s plenty of room for tourists and locals alike and you can choose to recline and relax or get active if you fancy trying out some water sports or going scuba diving. There’s a growing number of hotels in the area and visitors have access to cafes, restaurants, spa facilities and a golf club. There’s an art gallery in the resort centre and for those who thrive on adrenaline, there’s also the chance to try skydiving.

Camps Bay, South Africa

There’s a good reason why you’ll struggle to find space to down your towel on the sands of Camps Bay on a sunny day. This stunning spot just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Cape Town is ideal for visitors of all ages with plenty going on and all the amenities you could ever wish for. Most come for the views, of course, and you won’t be disappointed if you’re hoping for spectacular shots to make your friends and family envious. The bay itself is beautiful, but you can also capture photographs with magnificent Table Mountain in the background. If you’re after a little more privacy, head to the neighbouring beaches of Clifton.

Nungwi, Zanzibar

Nestled off the coast of Tanzania, you’ll find the idyllic island paradise of Zanzibar. If you dream of picture postcard white sand beaches, palms blowing gently in the breeze and vivid turquoise waters, all your dreams will come true when you touch down on Nungwi Beach. The area was once a small fishing village and it remains unspoiled even though tourism has taken off. Watch out for the traditional boats, white-sailed dhow, leaving the boatyard as the sun sets and visit the Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond where you can learn about turtle conservation projects. You can also swim with turtles at the Nungwi Natural Aquarium.