A safari and beach twin-centre holiday is hard to beat. Imagine waking early, heading out on a morning game drive on the African plains, then being whisked away to a secluded sandy beach, arriving in time to watch the sun set over the ocean. A beach stay is the perfect post-safari tonic and it’s easy to add onto the end of your safari – many beach destinations are just a short flight from Africa’s national parks.
From Nairobi (Kenya) and Arusha (Tanzania), it’s just a short flight to some tropical coastline or palm-fringed islands lapped by warm Indian Ocean waters. All our East Africa safaris can easily be extended to Mombasa or Zanzibar, or you can fly further on to Mauritius or the Seychelles.
Southern Africa combines well with Mozambique and Mauritius. South Africa also has its own beautiful beaches (although the Western Cape waters aren’t warm, so if sea swimming is a must then you might want to opt for somewhere else), while KwaZulu-Natal is a holiday playground for the locals with great year-round temperatures. For glitz and glamour, you could jet off to Dubai or another beach in the Middle East. A safari and beach combination is a top choice for a honeymoon so talk to us about our most romantic resorts – favourites include the island escapes of Pemba and Mozambique.
For some safari and beach holidays, you don’t even need to fly via a city. There are direct flights from Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve straight to the exotic ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar, or you can fly from the Maasai Mara straight to Mombasa on the Kenyan coast and be sipping on a cocktail on the beach in no time. In South Africa, direct flights operate from Kruger National Park to Vilanculos in neighbouring Mozambique. We’ve put together some of our favourite combinations, but if you have somewhere else in mind then talk to us about your dream safari and beach holiday.
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Uncover another side to South Africa on this KwaZulu-Natal self-drive itinerary. Relax on a golden beach in Umhlanga, learn about the moving history of the Battlefields and find mighty African predato...