When you think of Africa you probably won’t think of crystal clear seas and white sandy beaches, right? Same here. I also never expected that Africa has some of the best beaches in the world until I came to live in Kenya. I was positively surprised! It is even one of the best combinations for your holiday: do a safari and relax at one of the best beaches in the world.
Most people look for the powder white sand and crystal clear waters in Asia or the Caribbean. Africa has maybe even nicer beaches plus they are less crowded too. So if next time you are looking for a tropical paradise to relax, sip a coconut at a palm fringed beach then have a look at the below best beaches I have selected.
Diani Beach, Kenya
Diani Beach is a long stretched beach with the whitest sand I have seen for a long time. I think only some beaches in the Philippines can meet this standard (although I haven’t been to the Caribbean). It is just a short one-hour flight from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. The best time to visit is between December until March and between July and September.
Photocredit Michal Vogt
If you are looking for some nice accommodation then have a look at Kenyaways. It is a cozy guesthouse right on the beach that feels more like a family home than a hotel. I really love their relaxed and cozy style. It is also a great spot for kite surfing.
The rooms are bright and spacious.
Praia de Pangane, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique
Pangane is located on Mozambique’s northern coast in Cabo Delgado province. Here you can still find deserted beaches and experience local life at its best. On the tropical islands of Parque Nacional das Quirimbas you can find lodges that belong to the best of the world. Also sailing on a traditional Dhow boat belongs to the must do’s when you are here.
A basic, but nice place to stay is the home of Ana and Pedro in Pemba.
The best time to visit Mozambique is between May and November, when rainfall and temperatures are at its lowest. December to April is the wet summer season although it generally rains in brief.
Turtle Bay beach. Photocredit Treehouse
Watamu has one of the best beaches in Kenya. It is a very laid back village that has kept its tranquility. It is nestled between pristine beaches and tropical green. A wonderful place to stay is the Treehouse located on Turtle Bay Beach.
The Treehouse Watamu. Photocredit Max Melesi – Treehouse
The Treehouse Watamu. Photocredit Treehouse
Anse Source d’Argent & Anse Lazio, Seychelles
Photocredit Didier Baertschiger
Anse source d’argent is located on the third largest island of the Seychelles, La Digue. It is a long stretch of dazzling white sand dotted with huge granite blocks, lush green tropical forest and azure blue water. Its beauty didn’t stay unnoticed. It is very rare you see it as empty as on the picture unfortunately. Nevertheless there are many other stunning beaches on the Seychelles like Anse Lazio for example.
The best time to visit the Seychelles is April, May, October and November. The hottest months are December to April and the wettest are January and February.
Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Photocredit David Berkowitz
Nungwi is a fishing village in the northern part of Zanzibar. Together with Kendwa it has one of the best beaches for swimming. Kendwa is the quieter one of the two. Another nice beach is Paje. It is great for water sports, especially kite surfing. After Nungwi it is the liveliest village on the island with, but still laid-back with sufficient bars, restaurants and accommodation options. Travel and food blogger Mark Wiens has written a great and extensive blog post of Zanzibar full of useful tips ‘The Ultimate Zanzibar Travel Guide For Food Lovers‘.
Zanzibar is best to visit between June to October or November and March. Better to avoid the two raining seasons.
Skeleton coast, Namibia
The Skeleton Coast is part of the Namib Desert and it is not an ordinary stretch of beach. It is one of a kind. It is the place where one of the oldest deserts meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its desert coastline covers 1579 kilometers and it is a place where thousands of ships ran aground. This place has something mysterious, wild and untamed. It is the place to be for intrepid travelers, photographers, history fans, and wreck enthusiasts.
Namibia can be visited throughout the year. The climate is dry and pleasant. If you want to see some wildlife the best time is to visit in the Dry period from June to October.
Praia de Santa Maria, Cape Verde
Cape Verde consists of 10 islands dotted in front of the northwest coast of Africa. Sal and Boa Vista are the most popular islands of which Boa Vista is more authentic and Sal more developed with dormant volcanoes, blissful beaches and perfect for water sports.
Praia de Santa Maria on Sal has one of the finest beaches that stretch over 5 kilometers. Wander craft stalls, try the traditional food and enjoy some of its nightlife.
Cape Verde is perfect to visit year-round with tropical temperatures between 26 and 30 degrees and low humidity.
The Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of six islands in Mozambique. Tiny islands, long beaches, sparkling warm seas and plenty of marine wildlife is what you can find here; from Dolphins, Dugongs, sea horses, Manta rays to Whale sharks. The Archipelago is one of the most beautiful destinations on the African continent.
A real treat to stay is Azura, a place founded by Christopher and Stella. The hotel is is built on Benguerra island with the goal to protect the environment, positively change the life of the local community and take people to an undiscovered place of beauty.
As mentioned earlier in the article the best time to visit Mozambique is between May and November.
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