Africa’s uniquely juxtaposed blend of inland bush country and pristine tropical beach destinations make it one of the most sought-after continents for adventure travelers. But deciding between the high-paced thrill of a safari, or a beach vacation to a secluded white-sand island is a difficult choice to make. Luckily, the two experiences are easily combined and, together, make for a truly memorable vacation.

There are few places on the planet that embody the isolated, occasionally uninhabited, and ruggedly wild essence you get from a visit to Africa. The breath-taking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, remarkable wildlife, and melting pot of cultures in Africa are not just found inland, but all along the rugged coastlines and spectacular Indian Ocean islands dotted around the continent. These coastal destinations offer untamed tropical landscapes, endless azure horizons, and some of the world’s most pristine coral gardens, abundant with unique marine species. The exotic archipelagos and ports are also a rich mix of cultures, revealing an infusion of influences from near and far.

We have sought out the very best of both bush and beach destinations, considering the needs of our most discerning clients for the ultimate bush and beach safari experience.

Top recommended beach destinations in Africa

Situated off the Tanzanian coast, the tropical island of Zanzibar has long enticed travelers from around the world to its vibrant shores, steeped in history and breath-taking beauty. This exotic archipelago is rich with a mix of Arabic and African cultures, creating a wonderfully colorful fusion of influences which can be seen and tasted throughout the island. Enticing spice garden experiences and historical tours of Stone Town can be combined with action-packed water activities and serene sunset Dhow cruises on this island paradise.

Best combined with a Serengeti safari in Tanzania

Kenya is a flagship East African country, celebrated for its wild, untamed beauty – from the vast savannah grasslands of the iconic Masai Mara, to the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The south coast of the country boasts palm-fringed white sand beaches, like those found on Diani Beach, located just 30 miles south of Mombasa. Kenya also plays host to some of the world’s most secluded islands, such as the Lamu Archipelago, which comprises a collection of idyllic remote islands off the far north coast.

Best combined with a Masai Mara safari in Kenya or Serengeti safari in neighboring Tanzania