Welcome to paradise
They say that paradise has to have many different elements, but when you get down to the nitty gritty of it, it’s really a personal opinion; one person’s idea of heaven really is another person’s idea of hell. Having said that however, there is no negativity when you consider the beautiful beaches which make up Africa’s coastline.
A continent famed for wildlife and safari, you often forget that the beaches around here are like something from a castaway movie. If you’re heading to this beautiful part of the world then mixing a wildlife break with a few days relaxing on the beach is the perfect blend.
Here’s a few beaches to get your appetite going.
Nungwi, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
If you picture paradise as blinding blue sea and unbelievably white sand, then you won’t be disappointed with Nungwi. Fantastic for mixing and matching with a safari break, Nungwi is wide, sweeping, and the colours will blow your mind. If you want secluded and cut off from the world, then this is for you.
Watamu is part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, which makes it pretty special in its own right. You can take part in underwater expeditions, such as snorkelling and diving, or simply kick back and relax. The sand is white, the waters are shallow and translucent, perfect for checking out the underwater world.
Madagascar is famed the world over for having some seriously weird and wonderful wildlife, but the beaches here are just as extreme, and by extreme I mean extreme in the their beauty. Ifaty lies on the south-west coast, surrounded by a coral reef. This is a quiet, secluded, and not at all touristic beach, perfect for those searching for peace and tranquillity.
Coffee Bay, South Africa
Coffee Bay sounds pretty fantastic by name, but it is also fantastic by nature. Sitting on the aptly named Wild Coast, the beaches here are untamed and dramatic, joined by the equally as wild ocean, this is the total opposite of calm and unspoilt, but has such a charming element to it that it’s a must visit.
Tofo Beach, Mozambique
No matter how you choose to visit Africa, whether you self-drive or you go on an organised break, there are some parts of the continent that will blow your mind; Mozambique is one of those places. Humbling and beautiful, the natural world here is something to behold, and Tofo Beach is just the epitome of this. Powder white sand, with water so clear you won’t believe your eyes. If you want to relax and forget your cares, this is the place for you.
Africa is a huge continent, so it makes perfect sense that there are countless beaches to enjoy here; having said that however, these five should certainly be on your wish list.
Photo Credit: Yoni Lerner