I absolutely love every single treasure of nature- be it the jungles, mountains, or islands. But when it comes to beaches (especially with the tag of “African”), I choose to stay on just one idea. Drop me on a sun-kissed beach of Africa with a book and a glass of wine, and I can assure you to be there all day like a lazy crocodile! Apart from aesthetic beauty, African beaches offer a lot of activities too such as surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and many more. So, if you too have “Africa” in your mind for a beach escape, let me suggest you my picks for the 5 top African Beach Escape to help you plan a vacation.
Zanzibar, without any doubt, tops my list of best African beaches. The most exciting and interesting thing about this place is that it’s an “meeting point” of Africa and Arabia. Nestled in the Tanzanian Coast in Indian Ocean, Zanzibar Archipelago looks straight out of a picture postcard. The historic ancient buildings, colorful bazaars, and rich culture of this archipelago are accompanied by the idyllic beaches with crystal clear waters.
Browse through plenty of places to visit in Africa, and you will find Lamu in the list of best beach vacation sites. Life has its own rhythm in Lamu. The laid-back vibe, sparkling white sand dunes, and refreshing waters make Lamu one of the best beach escapes. You might have tried snorkeling before, but experiencing it through the coral reefs of Lamu’s neighbor Kiwayu Island is something that you will not forget for a lifetime. This Swahili town is listed in the World Heritage Sites and the fascinating beaches have many tales hidden under them.
The pristine beaches, lush green hills, and canyon-like terrains make it one of the best destinations for honeymoon. But the excitement of being in Seychelles doesn’t just stop here! There are plenty of unique experiences Seychelles has in its bucket, watching the sea turtles nesting on Bird Island’s sandy beaches being one of them. Running out of money? You won’t find any place as affordable as Seychelles with family-run guesthouses and cheap seafood.
Step onto Reunion and you will be “Reunited” with all the joys life. Walking on sand and watching the waves of the Indian Ocean on the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of Reunion is all you need for a rejuvenating holiday. With palm trees dotting its horizon, Reunion is a heaven for photographers. Paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting, and horse riding are the best things to do here.
I’m a big foodie, and when it comes to visiting sea, it means seafood to me! Mauritius is the right place to satisfy your craving for best seafood on earth, especially when you get to cook your own “catch of the day”. In addition to gorgeous beaches, Mauritius is also famous for its refreshing rainforests, gushing waterfalls, and rich wildlife. It has great history too!
So, if you want an escape from the metropolitan hustle and craving for a “ME-time” on the calming beaches of Africa, start planning your trip to these places.