Best 25 Beach & Island Holidays in Africa, Top Destinations

African’s coastline covers over 30,500 kilometers (18,950 miles) and this come with a variety of breathtakingly beautiful sand beaches that are a key tourist destination. It might become a bit of a dilemma for many holidaymakers to choose the African beach on which to take their holiday since there are countless beaches on the coastline. The beaches vary from the splendid islands of Mauritius as well as Seychelles to the rugged beauty of South Africa’s wild coast not forgetting the splendid beaches on Lake Victoria the largest freshwater lake on the continent found in Uganda.

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25 Best Beach Holiday Destinations in Africa

We have compiled for you a list of the twenty Five (25) most outstanding beach destinations to help narrow down your options and make your planning process easier. However, this number is trivial compared to the number of beaches at the coast.

  1. Mnemba Island, Zanzibar – Tanzania

Located off Tanzania’s north coast, Mnemba is a private island on the Indian Ocean and part of the famous Zanzibar Archipelago. The island offers the best scuba diving and snorkeling in Zanzibar, and there are ample opportunities for whale watching, swimming with dolphins and whale shark encounters in the island’s clear, warm waters. Furthermore it is the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary celebration. The only accommodation on the island is Mnemba Island Lodge, an exclusive luxury collection of 12 private bandas. Each cottage has its own veranda and sits nestled in the shade of the island’s lush tropical forest.

The best time to go to Mnemba Island is from July to March

  1. Bom Bom Island, Principe

The Island country of Sao Tome and Principe located off the coast of Western Africa within the Gulf of Guinea has a number of truly beautiful beaches. Principe has a population of only six thousand people and it is smaller than Sao Tome. Bom Bom Island Resort is one of the best beaches on the island and it offers eco-friendly accommodation facility on the northern shore of Principe. It has a long walk-way from the mainland that leads to the bar and restaurant which sit on a tiny islet. It also provides bird watching spots in the virgin forests of Principe which have a variety of bird species. You can also take part in deep sea fishing, snorkeling, and whale watching as well as looking out for the nesting turtles.

The best time to visit is between June and October.

  1. Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

The Quirimbas Archipelago provides a stunningly beautiful view of 32 perfect coral islands as they are being washed by the beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean. It has a very scenic view and is a very precious beach. Quirimbas National Park was set up in 2002 to protect the diverse wildlife, and eleven southern most islands were put under the protection of this National park. For the most spectacular views, you will have to go below the water surface where the flourishing reefs give you the chance to dive / snorkel with dolphins, white reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse and a multitude of multicolored species of tropical fish. Ibo Island which is part of the archipelago also has a cultural aspect as a result of wreckage that dates back to the Portuguese colonial past effect in the country which can be of great interest to you.

The best time to visit the Quirimbas Archipelago is during the months from May to September.

  1. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago is world famous for being one of the most romantic destinations and its beaches have frequently been featured in the international top ten lists. Among the most outstanding beaches in Seychelles is Anse Source d’Argent which is on La Digue Island. This beach is the perfect embodiment of a paradise beach with its beautiful palm trees, striking boulders as well as shallow bluish green water. It is an excellent spot for sunbathing or snorkeling however its striking beauty in addition makes it a well-known stop over for people taking trips during the day. If you prefer a secluded and less populated beach experience, the isolated Denis, Fregate plus Desroches islands are the best option to explore on your holiday.

The best time to visit is between April and May or October to November

  1. Lamu Archipelago, Kenya

Lamu is a group of islands located off the Kenyan coast just North of Mombasa and they were founded by the local Swahili people close to seven hundred years ago. The beaches found in Shela village are the epitome of the Indian Ocean ingredients such as the fine white sand and crystal clear blue waters which are perfect for snorkeling. Lamu town is one of the oldest settlements in Kenya and also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are no cars on the island and the tranquil small streets give the feeling of taking a stroll in the past. You can take a cruise on a traditional dhow to see more of the secret beaches on this archipelago.

The best time to visit Lamu Archipelago is from November to March.

  1. Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius

Mauritius offers the quintessential Indian Ocean experience and is located off Madagascar’s east coast. It provides numerous opportunities for beach relaxation and the most prominent beach in the country is on the main island next to a small town called Trou-aux-Biches. The beach is renowned for its calm, warm and beautiful blue waters that are family friendly. Its location along the west coast implies that it is in the rain shadow. Its local restaurants offer traditional cuisines that show Mauritius’ beautiful multicultural heritage.  There are a variety of water sports suitable both for adults and children. The accommodation facilities on the southern end of the beach are suitable for all types of budgets.

The best time to visit is from September to December and from April to May

  1. Port St. Johns, South Africa

With over 2,500 kilometers (1,600 miles) of coastline and most of it is exceptionally gorgeous South Africa is one of Africa’s best beach destinations. The Transkei region is a combination of phenomenal scenery and an astonishing number of fun activities to take part in. Port St. Johns, also referred to as the gate to the Wild Coast is a great place to start thanks to its vibrant settlement. You will be able to see firsthand the amazing gorge carved out by River Umzimvubu and the remote beaches that adorn the river mouth both sides. You can also learn about the culture of Pondo and also view large herds of cattle.

The best time to go to Port St. Johns is from November to February

  1. Likoma Island, Malawi

Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa has clear fresh water and beautiful golden beaches that remind you of the coast. Likoma Island is situated within the Mozambican border however it belongs to Malawi. It has a variety of exceptional beaches and a lavish eco-friendly resort called Kaya Mawa. If you are looking for a more budget friendly accommodation facility, Mango Drift backpackers are a great choice. Likoma is a very relaxing place with very few cars and you can take a stroll inland to explore the different villages and the remarkable Cathedral. Other activities include; snorkeling, swimming in the cool fresh water as well as kayaking.

Likoma Island can be visited all year long for an amazing experience at the beach

  1. Ile Sainte-Marie, Madagascar

Ile Sainte-Marie is located immediately off the eastern coast of Madagascar and this tropical beach experiences sunshine throughout the year. Luggage used to be transported to your hotel on a wheelbarrow from the airport however this has recently changed. Ile Sainte-Marie has extremely warm waters as a result of sun all year long as well as beautiful white sand decorated by palm trees. During the 17thcentury, a number of pirates inhabited the island and there is a pirate cemetery close to the main town which is a popular tourist attraction.  You can catch sight of the humpback whales during the season between July and September and swim among the amazing coral gardens. For luxury accommodation, you can stay at Princesse Bora, for mid-range accommodation, look for Bamboo village and check into the Vanivola for budget accommodation.

The best time to visit is from July to September.

  1. Curralinho Beach, Cape Verde – Senegal

Cape Verde, situated off Senegal’s coast, consists of ten volcanic islands endowed with untamed beaches. Each of the ten islands is characterized by the Brazilian flavor because of the country’s Portuguese heritage. Cape Verde offers more than its beautiful beaches; it also offers very tasty food, beautiful morna music and sunshine all year long that keep tourists coming back. One of the prominent beaches in Cape Verde is Curralinho beach on the island of Boa Vista. The water in the ocean is warm, calm and the current is not much which makes it a great spot for diving and the waves are very perfect for surfing. The island provides a number of accommodation options ranging from luxury, midrange to budget.

The best time to visit is from April to July.

  1. Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Namibia’s isolated Skeleton Coast is a perfect spot for adventure lovers and thrill seekers with its soaring dunes that suddenly drop off into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean waters. This coastline stretches for 500 kilometers (300 miles) to the Angolan border and begins immediately north of Swakopmund. It is not an ideal location for sunbathing or socializing, however, it is one of the few left spots that are a true wilderness in the world. Lovers of nature can be able to see hyenas, desert-adapted elephants plus Cape fur seal colonies. You can also see abandoned shipwrecks for example the Edward Bohlen which is a great place to take photographs. The Northern part of Skeleton Coast National Park can only be explored through a fly in safari.

The best time to visit is between October and March.

  1. Cape Town, South Africa

The capital of South Africa has world class restaurants, multiple cultures and a number of the most exceptional beaches in Africa. Cape Town has something to offer for every beach-goer including swimming with penguins at the beach rocks, pro-surfer planning in  preparation to take on some big waves at Hout bay. Bloubergstrand provides one of the most picturesque scenes with white sand that overlooks Table bay towards the iconic silhouette of Table Mountain.  During summer, the best place to be is the beautiful Camps Bay Beach while you can move a little further south of the is Llandudno cove a quiet and peaceful place

It can be visited all year long.

  1. Pereybere Beach, Mauritius

Pereybere Beach is endowed with blue seas that are shallow together with fine white sand that create an energy filled tan and lay out. It is an excellent place for swimming for both tourists and natives as it is strategically located in a famous strip of the shoreline – Riviere Du Rempart which is north of Mauritius. The shallow swimming depths make it an excellent spot for families. The beach is very close to the shops as well as the beachfront apartments and every evening before the sun sets, the sky displays shifting colors that attract a great number of people to the shore.

How to get there: Port Louis Airport is the closest airport to Pereybere beach although it’s only served by domestic flights. so you can catch a flight into Mauritius’ international airport and connect to Port Louis and then transfer from there by cab or a rented private car.

  1. Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar

Water activities are excellent at Nungwi beach found on Zanzibar thanks to the peaceful waves between the low tide and the high tide. It has very nice white coral sand as well as beautiful reefs. From here you can explore some of the top fishing sites in the region with huge striped marlin, Dorado, yellow fin tuna as well as the Kingfish being some of the commonly caught species here. Snorkeling and diving at this beach is fantastic, the natives are hospitable and the way of life quite simple.

How to get there: There are a number of flights that land into Kisauni airport as well as the Zanzibar International airport (Abeid Amani Karume International Airport) located five kilometers away from the beach. When traveling from Johannesburg you can use Precision Air, Kenya Airways and Mango. If you are in Tanzania, you can catch a three hours ferry from Dar es Salaam city, to Zanzibar which It is about a 77 kilometers away on the sea from Ferry Port or Dar es salaam Harbor. Once in Zanzibar you can rent a car or take a taxi to the beach and the drive takes about one hour and a half.

  1. Diani Beach, Kenya

Diani Beach is becoming famous because of its softness. It is a 10km stretch of talcum powder sand with crystal clear warm blue water that provides a perfect spot for surfing when the wind is up. It is also known for being a home to some the largest fish species in the world such as the whale shark. When you go deeper on land, you can see monkeys jump from tree to tree, engage in sports activities such as volleyball with the locals or simply relax on the beach. You can spend your days here looking for rare animals, sun bathing or catching the waves.

How to get there: Diani Beach is situated 30 km south of the town of Mombasa. The main access point into Kenya is Moi International airport found in Mombasa which accommodates flight such as British Airways and Delta airlines from all international airports in Europe, the U.S., and Canada. A number of different airlines connecting from Vancouver , San Francisco, Las Vegas and Paris allow holidaymakers flexibility in their travel itineraries. The airport is an hour drive from the Diani Beach.

  1. Praslin Island, Anse Lazio

Around the Praslin Island, perfectly clear water with an average temperature of 27°C meet the gorgeous strip of the white sand shoreline. Divers are able to access the breath-taking surroundings through the clear coral gardens as well as the flourishing reefs and for those who are first timers in wearing fins, every level has a different site. Travelers are offered a good chance of carrying out adventurous activities as well as exploring the tropical environment offered by the splendid coconut palms bordered by the high granite boulders on the land however, diving and snorkeling are very popular activities here.

How to get there: Anse Lazio is situated on the northwestern coast of Praslin Island. The island is found close to the renowned Madagascar and Zanzibar islands. The beach can be easily accessed low-cost flights to Africa and thereafter and then get connecting flights to either Madagascar or the Seychelles. Praslin Islan can then be reached by a short ferry crossing and before you know you your toes will be in the sand at Anse Lazio.

  1. Boulders Beach, Cape Town South Africa

From the antique granite boulders, to the luxurious white sands, the entertaining penguins and not forgetting the two hundred and ninety five day yearly sunshine, Boulders Beach a state wide monument is truly worthy exploring. You can stroll along the walk ways or enjoy a calm and peaceful swim in the sheltered deep blue waters that are secluded within the rocks. The magnificent scenery plus the conducive Cape Town weather with yearly average of 22°C are enjoyed by over 50,000 visitors annually that come to Boulders Beach to see and enjoy a swim with the penguins.

How to get there: Boulders Beach is easily accessible with a number of top Airlines like South African Airways, Delta Airlines, as well as United Airlines serving Cape Town International Airport. There are also several direct flights from North America, Asia and Europe that land here. Popular cities like Calgary, Paris, Ottawa San Diego, plus Halifax offer fares that are flexible. You can simply hire a car to the beach or Catch a train in Cape Town and go adventure in Simon’s Town which is a short distance from the beach. You can make touring an amazing part of your trip by enjoying South Africa’s beauty.

  1. Plettenberg Bay, Noetzie Beach

Hidden in the corner of Plettenberg Bay and encompassed by the thick forest stands Noetzie which is popular for its ancient castles that were constructed in the 1930’s. The rugged borders shelter the lavish sands that are quite very impressive and visitors go to see the amazing migration of the Humpback whales in the months of June to November. Noetzie is an unspoiled hidden beach located in a secluded bay with the Pezula Resort Estates’ fynbos sceneriesas well as the Sinclair Nature Reserve’s rich forest bordering it.

How to get there: You can get to Noetzie by either going to both Port Elizabeth and George airports which are approximately one or two and a half hours drive away offering a few international and domestic flights, or you can get to Plettenberg bay by taking a flight to Tambo international Airport, and then a connecting two and a half hours domestic flight to the bay..

  1. Eastern Cape, Coffee Bay

In the middle of the wild coast of South Africa is Coffee Bay a small village found at the seashore that provides wondrous views during strolls around the rocky coastline, as well as perfect fishing and swimming opportunities. For the holiday makers who wish to switch the life of the busy city for a relaxed beach encounter in one South Africa’s best-looking areas, Coffee Bay is the ideal place for you. For a relaxed holiday, it is genuinely the best beach with hiking routes and the famous ‘hole in the wall’ that is perfect for birding. In Eastern Cape, the Hole in the wall is a remarkable rugged natural opening located south of Coffee-Bay. Several million years ago, through the fierce wave actions against shale and sand stone, this landmark was formed. This area is endowed with a few of the most enchanting and rocky sceneries that will give you the opportunity to explore the wilderness which give you a feeling of peace and tranquility.

  1. Falaises d’El Marsa a Alger, Algeria

Falaises d’El Marsa located just outside the capital city – Alger is characterized by floating gray speckled cliffs that act as the backbone of this spectacular stretch of sand. The foamy, white waves that crash into the rocks are a habitant to a great variety of marine life and provide a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and other recreational activities. You can take a trip to Falaises d’El Marsa all year long for a chance to admire the loveliness of this hidden jewel.

How to get there: It is located in Algeria, 43 minutes from the airport – Houari Boumedine. To start your trip, you should book a flight to Africa especially to neighboring countries like Libya, Tunisia, as well as Morocco where you can access a direct flight to Algiers through Tunisiair, Royal Air Maroc, plus Emirates Airlines. People coming from the USA can connect from San Francisco San Diego, Los Angeles and New York. You can also book a direct flight to Algiers from Melbourne or Sydney.

  1. Flic en Flac Beach, Mauritius

Flic en Flac Beach is encircled by sparkling lagoons that curve against its shores like most of Mauritius – beautiful island country. The pristine white sands and warm waters are the biggest factors that attract large numbers of tourists to this public beach. This beautiful public beach is littered with food vendors selling all kinds of snacks and especially favorites like hotdogs, Asian food, kebabs, pancakes as well as roti. During the weekends at the beach, you can appreciate the culture of Mauritians as some play guitars and traditional drums to entertain and have fun.

How to get there: The easiest way to access the beach is through the nearest major airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International – MRU found in Mahebourg which is located 60 kilometers from the city center. This beautiful beach is situated on the Western coastline and has many villas plus hotels that have direct access to the beach. You can choose to drive to the beach or you can rent a car, from St Louis taking approximately 30 minutes however, driving from the airport lasts almost an hour. There are also public buses that serve that area.

  1. Bazaruto Island, Mozambique

It is located on the southern end of the Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique. Your feet will be embraced by the warm clear water as you walk across the beautiful white sand on the beach. You might be able to catch a glimpse of dolphins as well as turtles if you dive into the water at the perfect time, not forgetting the exotic birds that linger on the shores. This secluded gem is perfect for taking a break from the busy world and bonding with Mother Nature.

How to get there: The easiest way to access Bazaruto Island is through Vilanculos airport on the coast of Mozambique from where most of the hotels plus lodges provide helicopter transfers. A flight from Vilanculos to Bazaruto lasts about 15 minutes. You can also use Johannesburg direct or through Inhambane, Beira or Maputo. Alternatively, holidaymakers can take a 15 minute road transfer after they arrive at Vilanculos by taxi or a cab to the landing stage if you can travel by boat. The boat journey to Bazaruto Island lasts about 45 minutes.

  1. Tropical Beach, Silhouette Island – Seychelles

On Silhouette Island is the beautiful Tropical beach that lies off the African coast in Seychelles and is a perfect spot for your next beach holiday. Its misty clear blue waters combined with its pristine white sand provide a conducive environment for utter relaxation. This beach is secluded and is a very tranquil place and is a great place for water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling as well as bonding with Mother Nature. You can take a hike through the thriving woods or build sand castles o the beach in this hidden sanctuary.

How to get there: The closest airport is Seychelles International Airport Silhouette which has a small population. The island can only be accessed from Mahe by speed boats, ferries plus catamaran vessels. These ferry services move daily at designated hours of 9:00 am, 2:30 pm, and then 5:00 pm from Mahe to Silhouette and from Silhouette. The ferries make a return journey to Mahe at 5:00 am, 11:00 am plus 4:00pm every day. If you are about five people, you can opt to go to Silhouette in a helicopter connecting from Mahe.  It is only a 30 minutes’ drive from the airport after that a 45 minutes transfer by boat. You can also choose a 15 minute helicopter transfer from the airport to your accommodation.

  1. Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Benguerra Island located off Mozambique’s coast in the sunny archipelago of Bazaruto is a lavish beach and a diver’s dream come true. It is a protected national marine park and inhabits Africa’s only living population of the endangered dugong, a rare marine mammal that looks like the manatee. The island has luxurious accommodation facilities for example a stunning lodge comprised of ten casinhas, a 3 bed casa plus two cabanas all designed with thatched roofs, and private pools leading to pristine white sand.

How to get there: The nearest airport to Benguerra Island is Vilanculos International airport which is on Mozambique’s coast from where many hotels and lodges offer helicopter transfers. Flights to Mozambique connect the country to other destinations in Southern and Eastern Africa through the international airports of Pemba and Vilanculos. you can easily arrange Private and scheduled charters from either Nelspruit or Johannesburg to different destinations. You can also opt for a cab or a public taxi from Vilanculos to the landing stage if you are comfortable travelling by boat transport. The boat ride to Benguerra Island takes approximately 45 minutes.

  1. Misali Island, Tanzania

This deserted island just off the coast of Tanzania inhabits an assortment of heterogeneous marine life and beautiful corals. Because it is very hidden, taking a holiday to Misali Island is like spending a day on your personal private island. You can dive into the warm salty waters and see the underwater world for example the coral boasts, or just read a book with enough privacy. If the tide is low, you get to see a number of crabs scampering to shore creating an illusion of the sand moving. Misali’s combination of extreme privacy and nature’s paradise makes it unbeatable.

How to get there: Misali is 50 kilometers east of Tanzania’s mainland across the Pemba-Channel and immediately above Unguja, the nearest island in the archipelago. To start your journey, you can book a flight into Tanzania or any of its neighboring countries like Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia as well as Kenya. You can find direct flights to Tanzania with Ethiopian Airlines, Uganda Airline, Kenya Airlines, Air Tanzania and Fly Air. People from the USA can connect from San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles as well as New York. You can also find flights connecting from Zanzibar to Melbourne and Sydney.

Why choose Africa as your next beach holiday destination?

  1. The Rich Underwater Life

on would wonder why of all places travel down to Africa for a beach holiday, well unigque about Africa is that besides having a very long cost line, it is surrounded by a number of major water masses including the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea which offer a very unique and beautiful underwater world that is worth exploring, and the waters are at a very favorable temperature perfect for diving or swimming.

  1. Uncrowned beach experiences

The beaches in Africa are typically not usually overcrowded except during the December -January festive season when you will find multitudes of people. During the rest of the year, you will have a lot of room to relax and enjoy the beach with enough room. You will not need to book a lounger or wake up very early to get a great spot on the beach rather you can just walk to the beach at any time and relax or read a book as you enjoy the sun.

  1. Numerous water based Activities

Most people visit African beaches to relax and bask in the beautiful sun however there are numerous water sports you can indulge in and have an even more enjoyable time. the numerous beaches in Africa offer a number of water sports for example kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, dhow sailing as well as deep sea fishing. In South Africa, you can be able to go for whale watching, fishing, surfing, shark-cage diving and many other water sports.

Top ten activities to do on your beach Holiday in Africa

When you vacation in Africa you should ensure to have at least one adventure in the water. There are countless beaches on this continent and each of these offers a variety of water activities. When you visit the coastline beaches, the vast oceans (Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean) and Seas (Red Seas and Mediterranean Sea) offer an enchanting exceptionally beautiful experience worth exploring. You can opt for a dive deep to discover what is with in the ocean as well as the different mysteries it holds or you could take a trip on the boat and watch the gorgeous sunsets and absorb the exceptional scenery. Water activities can be done by people of all ages and different physical abilities.

We have highlighted a few of the most amazing activities plus adventures you can take part in while taking a beach holiday in Africa.

  1. Kayaking

Kayaking is one of the most famous water activities in Africa. It can be done in the ocean, lakes, rivers or any other water body. Looking at Cape Town for example, this activity exposes you to the spectacular and breathtaking view of the Atlantic Seaboard as well as an exceptional sight of Table Mountains and Lions Head. You could take an ocean voyage on the Atlantic or Indian Ocean and encounter seals, penguins, sunfish as well as dolphins. The activity s led by very experienced tour guides and safety is very paramount.

  1. Stand-up paddle boarding

Stand-up paddle boarding is a fun water activity which you can enjoy in a number of ways that can involve yoga, surfing or racing. It can be done in the ocean, lakes, rivers or any other water body. It is great for physical exercise perfect for all abililties and works out your back, arms, legs and core, as well as is an all-round great activity for fun and physical exercise.

  1. Scuba dive in coral reefs off the African coast

Cape Peninsula in South Africa is famous for the best spots for scuba diving in the world. It doesn’t matter whether you want to learn how to scuba dive or whether you are a qualified diver, there is a diving site suitable for everyone to have fun. Discover the ocean and the different unknowns in its bed when you dive into the ocean. Explore the shipwrecks, kelp forests, as well as seeing different marine species up close for the very first time. Diving below the ocean surface is a very memorable experience that will leave a beautiful impact when you look back on it. Scuba diving can be enjoy across diving sites on the African cost as well as on its beautiful islands such as Zanzibar

  1. Snorkel close to the world’s finest beaches

Take the opportunity to explore beneath the surface of the clear blue water with a diving mask, swim fins and a snorkel. When you are snorkeling at the water surface of the ocean, you are at liberty to explore the bottom of the ocean at your own pace for as long as you want. Snorkeling can be suitable for all people of different ages, and it offers you very remarkable opportunities to see the gorgeous coral reefs.

  1. Horseback riding adventures on the beach

Horseback riding along the beach is a beautiful calming experience. There are several guided horseback riding adventures conducted along the spectacular sand beaches that enable you to view the exceptionally beautiful water bodies of Africa. South Africa’s Noordhoek beach found in Cape Town is a popular spot for horseback riding. At this spot, you can get to see the endless stretch of Cape Town’s coastline as well as the unique features of the beautiful ocean. Mozambique’s Island provides a more tropical setting for a vacation and you can have the opportunity to see the sights on the shores of that beautiful paradise while on horseback.

  1. Boat cruise

You can take a boat cruise on a luxury boat and enjoy the cool water breeze on an unforgettable experience. You can opt for a huge boat and travel with about 100 other passengers or you can choose a private time and spend quality time with your family and friends without interruptions from strangers. It can be done in the ocean, lakes, rivers or any other water body.

  1. Swim with penguins

Boulders beach found in Simons Town inhabits a flourishing number of penguins and is among the few places on the planet where you have the liberty to swim with the penguins. It is located only forty minutes from the city center of Cape Town.  It offers a viewing deck where you can get a great view of these adorable birds as well as another entrance to a tiny beach where the penguins gather and swim. The colony of the penguin found here is being protected by SANParks, and for that reason, tourists are required to pay a small conservation fee in order to enjoy this activity. Boulders beach provides you the opportunity to see the penguins waddle and splash in the waves. Boulders, Muizenberg and Fish Hoek are warm compared to the ones on the Atlantic Seaboard which makes swimming a great choice.

  1. Diving With the White Sharks

For adrenaline junkies, swimming with the great white sharks is a perfect activity. Getting up-close with these vicious creatures gets adrenaline pumping through your veins. It involves getting secured in a cage and finding these predators in their home, the ocean. This activity also allows you to see the different marine life in its natural habitat and get fascinated by life under water. You can also learn about sea tales and myths.

  1. Go Surfing on some of the world’s best sites

Most adventurous people would love to learn how to surf and ride some of the big wave. The African coast provides the best opportunity for you to learn. All you need is a wetsuit, the perfect waves and an experienced trainer. There are a number of popular surf spots across the continent such as Blouberg and Muizenberg found in South Africa that are very ideal for holidaymakers interested in learning how to surf. On such sites you will find a number of surfing schools that are professionally managed and have great surfing instructors that makes them ideal place to learn how to surf the waves that meet the African coast.

  1. Set out on a sunset Dhow cruise

Take a cruise along the perfect coastlines of Mozambique or Seychelles, on the beautiful freshwater lakes in Africa or on the peacefully flowing rivers in a traditional dhow boat. You will appreciate the tranquility that Africa’s water masses give as you immense in the exceptional beauty as well as peace they offer. You will explore the islands from a different point of view as you watch the sun set over the horizon. While you soothe away in the serenity of the evenings, you will be able to also appreciate the beauty that entirely surrounds you as well as see different wild animals which will be a very unforgettable moment of your holiday and also your entire life.