In terms of the best beach experiences, focus your research on Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique and Zanzibar. If an inland lake can be classified as a beach, don't forget to swing by Lake Malawi too. All of these destinations cater for family getaways, and are wonderful as honeymoon escapes too.
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South Africa doesn't have too many beach resorts in the true sense of the word, but if you find yourself on the east coast, in particular the Garden Route or Kwa-Zulu Natal, you'll be able to experience the warm Indian Ocean right on your doorstep.
Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but the freezing Benguerra current makes swimming at these beaches a chilly affair.
Kenya offers white sandy beaches and clear, warm water along its glorious coastline. As with Tanzania, a Kenyan beach experience after a safari is a wonderful addition to your itinerary. June to the end of September is the best time to visit Kenya's coast.
When travelling to Tanzania, you have the option of visiting a beach on the mainland or head to one of the islands just off the coast, like Pemba and Mafia. There's a resort to suit every budget. Zanzibar, which lies off the coast from Tanzania, is possibly one of the most under-rated of all beach destinations in Africa.
Mozambique has some of the most iconic beaches in Africa. The mainland resorts offer a wealth of activities and some of the best Scuba diving spots in the world. The islands off the coast of Mozambique are something special too. It's possible to feel like you are the only person for hundreds of miles when relaxing on these pristine white beaches, with the warm Indian Ocean lapping at your feet.
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Pemba is perfectly safe as long as you stay in Pemba and not venture out into the mainland Mocimboa da Praia and Palma.
Pemba is located inside Mozambique and It's becoming more popular as a tourist destination, especially among upper-middle-class Mozambicans and South Africans.
There are plenty of different options for accommodation on the West coast such as hotels, self-catering accommodation and B&Bs. You can book accommodation directly or if you are looking to book with multiple places, use an online travel agency specialising in South Africa Holidays,
Try out wine, craft beer, olives, and Rooibos tea tastings
Weskus cuisine and braaivleis
Zipline into Citrusdal,
Jump into natural (warm) pools
Step onto lagoon and river cruises
Trek through nature reserves and a National Park, Go on game drives
Go horseback riding
Learn about San culture and Riel-dancing
The West Coast Region, which runs the length of South Africa's southwest coast, skirts the Atlantic Ocean from Bloubergstrand in the Cape Metropolitan Area in the south to Namaqualand in the north, all inside the Western Cape.
It is a secluded stretch of land known for its stunning fields of flowers in the spring, west coast hospitality, wild and barren shoreline, freezing cold sea, peace and serenity, and west coast hospitality.
50 min (54,5 km) via N2
51 min (61,8 km) via N3 and N2
1 hr 3 min (58,2 km) via R102
37 min (40,4 km) via N2
46 min (42,0 km) via M4
50 min (44,0 km) via R102
Ballito is a holiday town in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. Ballito is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Durban. It is located within the KwaDukuza Local Municipality and the iLembe District Municipality.
Madagascar's local currency is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA). The Euro is the most widely accepted foreign currency, but US dollars and British pounds are also easily exchanged. You can exchange money at banks or withdraw cash from ATMs in your area.
Madagascar, an island country located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southern Africa, is the world's fifth-largest island, with a landmass of 587,000 km2 and a population of 25.6 million people.
In general, travelling in Africa during the dry season is preferable because it is cooler and there are fewer bugs. This means visiting Madagascar between May and October. Plan your trip between June and September to see the humpback whale migration. If you want to dive with whale sharks, try to go between November and March. The breeding season for lemurs lasts from October to December, when babies are born to take advantage of the new spring greenery.
Take a trip up table mountain
Visit Robben Island
Hike Lions Head
Shop at the V&A waterfront
Have a Beach day at Clifton
Go wine tasting in Kirstenbosch, Durbanville, Stellenboch and Franschhoek
Pemba can be reached by boat or charter plane from the Quirimbas Archipelago.
South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania have direct flights to Pemba Airport in northern Mozambique. The islands of the Quirimbas Archipelago are literally across the water, as the seagull flies, by boat or charter plane.
Vilankulo has a mix of accommodation options which consists of lodges, hotels and backpackers.
Vilankulo (or Vilanculos) is a coastal town in Mozambique, lying in the Vilanculos District of Inhambane Province.
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There are no direct flights from the United States, but you can easily connect via London or Middle Eastern hubs such as Qatar or the United Arab Emirates. International flights arrive at Mahe airport, a lovely, tiny airport from which you can catch a local flight on Air Seychelles to your preferred island.
Most visits to Seychelles are trouble-free. However, there have been instances of break-ins, robberies, burglaries and opportunist thefts against residents, expatriates and tourists.
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget as well as your specific interests.
Each of our popular itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your budget.
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