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Beach Experiences

Beach Vacations in Africa

Overview

Most visitors to Africa tend to focus on the big game that the continent is rightly famous but many countries in Africa have superb tranquil beaches, with high-end hotels and excellent snorkelling, diving and other watersports.The Kenyan coastline overlooks the Indian Ocean and is an area of great natural beauty with pristine sandy beaches, indented by mangrove-lined creeks and shaded by coconut palms, leading down to the inviting, azure-blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The off-shore reefs are alive with coral, fish, sea turtles and dolphins. Both outer and inner reef walls offer world-class diving with spectacular coral gardens and drop-offs, and Kenya’s best wreck diving on the MV Dania. 

The small town of Malindi is at the centre of a strip of idyllic tropical beaches offering the visitor to Kenya a range of world-class resorts and quiet relaxing hideaways. Further south, the sleepy village of Watamu is fronted by wide white sandy beaches and a Marine National Park has been established, ideal for divers and snorkellers. With beautiful pristine white sandy beaches and clear blue water, the coastline and islands of Mozambique are well known for amazing beach holidays. The Bazaruto Archipelago, known as the 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean', is a group of six islands in Mozambique, near the mainland city of Vilankulo. There is a wide abundance of reef fish, surgeon, Moorish idols, parrots, angel and butterfly fish to see here and sea, game fish and devil rays are regularly seen. Various other marine animals such as whale shark, manta, leatherback turtle, all live free in this conservation paradise. 

The Quirimbas Islands lie in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique, close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The islands are picture-postcard perfect with palm-fringed beaches leading to turquoise waters and attract fans eager to dive, snorkel and sunbathe in this beautiful part of the world. Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania and Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so the waters and fish are protected, making the lake into a veritable aquarium of tropical fish. Between Monkey Bay and the historic Mangochi are a long line of wonderful sandy beaches. The lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake, including about 1000 species of cichlids. Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad and this is the reason it is known as ‘the calendar lake’. 

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa and consists of the Zanzibar Archipelago, off the coast of the mainland. It consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City, on the island of Unguja and its historic centre is Stone Town, a World Heritage Site. Zanzibar has beautiful sandy beaches fringed by coral reefs rich in marine life and consequently, offers world-class watersports including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing on traditional local dhows.Accommodation in these idyllic spots consists of luxury beach lodges, well-established resorts and secluded boutique hotels right on the beach, thus enabling you to hear the sounds of the ocean as you fall asleep at night.

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