Discover Africa's coast & Indian Ocean islands
If you're looking for sun-kissed Africa beach holidays beneath a cloudless sky, then head to the east coast of Africa where the Indian Ocean meets Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique along with their tropical islands.
Whether you prefer a luxury resort or remote lodge, a private spot on a white-sand island or being close to the high life, we can help find your perfect African beach getaway. And if you want to do more than simply relax, there's a fascinating blend of cultures, vibrant marine life and adventure activities to experience.
If you want a short beach holiday after a safari in southern Africa, then you might want to consider the freshwater beach holidays beside Lake Malawi. You’ll be surprised by how good the snorkelling opportunities can be so far from any ocean.
For a more offbeat choice, anglers might brave the cold of the Namibian coast, the Skeleton Coast, for a holiday of outstanding fishing.
Our top ideas for beach holidays in Africa
A few days on a beautiful beach with a focus on adventure or pure relaxation, staying in simple castaway lodge, luxurious hotels or on world-class private islands. Talk to us.
Pongwe Beach Hotel
Pongwe has one of the best beaches we have ever seen in Zanzibar. When the tide is high, Pongwe sits in a private cove. Then when it goes out, a wonderful stretch of inter-tidal zone is revealed for walking and exploring.
Fundu Lagoon organises day trips by boat to Misali Island, which has some of the best beaches around Tanzania's Pemba Island. You can scuba dive here, snorkel, or just relax and enjoy a great beach holiday.
For a beach holiday, it is more limited than Zanzibar. However, Pole Pole has one of the island’s better beaches. Casting off, some of Mafia’s best beaches are found on remote sandbars in the bay: stunning small beaches with a 360° view of the ocean reached on a dhow trip.
The best beaches near Chole Mjini are on isolated sandbars, uncovered by the tide and surrounded by coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. Beaches don't come more magical, untouched or remote than this, making it one of the best beach experiences in Tanzania today.
Benguerra Island’s pale, sandy beaches are beautiful and this old, established lodge can deliver a superb beach holiday – amongst the best bets after a Southern Africa safari.
The beaches on Benguerra Island are beautiful: fine sand sprinkled with thousands of shells. Tidal variations are considerable – at low tide it may be a couple of kilometres to the sea!
North Island’s private villas are all close to one of four powdery white sand beaches here, lapped by the Indian Ocean’s clear, turquoise water. An amazing location, luxury, excellent service and food – certainly one of the best beach holidays in the Seychelles!
Fanjove’s untouched beaches and exposed sand banks at low tide make it a beautiful spot to relax.
The waters of Lake Malawi are implausibly clear, great for diving and especially snorkeling – which you can do straight from the golden beach of Kaya Mawa. This is one of our best spots for a relaxing beach holiday on the lake, and in a surprisingly remote place.
Denis Island Lodge
With long, stunning beaches, Denis Private Island is the perfect choice for those seeking a secluded beach holiday on the Seychelles. Each of the stylish cottages comes with its own private access to a lovely stretch of white sandy beach.
Four Seasons Desroches Island
Looking for the best escapist’s beach holiday in the Seychelles? Try Desroches Island. Throw a towel, mask and suncream into your bike's pannier and pedal to a perfect beach. There are 14km to choose from, and you can get a fabulous picnic hamper delivered.
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