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We explore the breathtaking beach holiday destinations of mainland Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa.

Breathtaking beach holiday destinations in Africa

Most visitors come to Africa for prime game-viewing incredible Wildlife Reserves. But when you have had your safari fill, the continent’s coastline beckons with the promise of an idyllic beach holiday.  Whilst many opt for a Bush and Island Beach combination, there are plenty of options right on the mainland of our coast to consider.

We explore the breathtaking beach holiday destinations of mainland Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa, where you can relax, unwind, and create unforgettable memories.

Image Credit: Elewana AfroChic Diani Beach


Kenya’s coastline along the Indian Ocean is a treasure trove of natural wonders and idyllic beaches. The white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life make it a haven for snorkelling, diving, and water sports enthusiasts.

Mombasa’s lively atmosphere has long attracted beach lovers seeking a classic sun and sea vacation close to all the action. This is where you’ll find the larger beach resorts in Kenya and popular stretches of coastline such as Kilifi Beach. For a more relaxing break, we’d recommend a selection of hand-picked boutique hotels on the quieter Diani Beach, set 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Mombasa. The scuba diving here is excellent and there are many wreck dives to entice advanced divers. Together with a wide range of accommodations, kids’ entertainment clubs and golf courses make for a seamless beach holiday.

Safari Options

Classic Beach and Safari Combination

Combining a classic beach and safari experience in Kenya offers a diverse and captivating journey, showcasing the country’s rich natural beauty. Start your adventure with an exhilarating safari in renowned national parks such as the Maasai Mara, Amboseli, or Tsavo, where you can witness the iconic African wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras, against the backdrop of stunning landscapes.

After the thrill of the safari, head to the Kenyan coast for a relaxing beach retreat. Explore pristine, white-sand beaches along the Indian Ocean, notably in locations like Diani Beach or Watamu. Indulge in water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply unwind under swaying palm trees. Kenya’s coastal regions offer a blend of cultural experiences, with visits to historical sites, vibrant markets, and interactions with local communities, adding depth to your journey.

The classic beach and safari combination in Kenya provides the perfect balance between wildlife encounters and serene beach relaxation, offering a well-rounded travel experience that caters to both adventure seekers and those seeking leisure in a tropical paradise.



East Africa Safaris in Kenya and Tanzania

Embark on a thrilling East African adventure by combining the best of both worlds with a classic beach and safari experience in Tanzania and Kenya. Begin your journey with an unforgettable safari in Tanzania, exploring the iconic Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Witness the incredible wildlife, including the majestic Big Five, against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.

After the safari, travel to Kenya to continue the wildlife exploration in renowned reserves like the Maasai Mara. Experience the thrill of witnessing wildebeest migrations, lion prides, and diverse ecosystems. As your safari adventure reaches its climax, make your way to the Kenyan coast for a relaxing beach retreat.

Discover the idyllic beaches of Kenya, such as Diani or Watamu, where turquoise waters meet powdery white sands. Indulge in water activities, unwind at luxury resorts, and explore the vibrant local culture. The combination of Tanzania’s awe-inspiring safari and Kenya’s captivating wildlife, capped off with the serene beauty of the Kenyan coast, creates an enchanting journey that seamlessly blends adventure, relaxation, and the best of East Africa’s natural wonders.



Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

A truly extraordinary East African odyssey that seamlessly weaves together the sun-kissed Kenyan coast, the iconic Masai Mara Wildlife Safari, and the awe-inspiring Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda.

Commence your adventure along the pristine Kenyan coast, where ivory beaches meet the azure Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in the coastal tapestry, partaking in water activities, savoring local delicacies, and absorbing the vibrant cultural hues. Explore historical sites, bustling markets, and the warm hospitality of coastal communities, setting the tone for a journey filled with relaxation and discovery.

Transition from the coastal allure to the heart of Kenya’s wilderness with a Wildlife Safari in the legendary Masai Mara. Witness the drama of the savannah, encounter the famed Big Five and experience the annual migration of wildebeests. The Masai Mara adds a thrilling chapter to your East African sojourn, with its sweeping landscapes and remarkable wildlife encounters.

Conclude your adventure in Rwanda, where the mist-shrouded Volcanoes National Park beckons for a Gorilla Trekking experience. Navigate dense rainforests, forging unforgettable connections with endangered mountain gorillas amidst stunning volcanic vistas. It’s a poignant finale that brings you face-to-face with some of Earth’s most magnificent creatures, leaving an indelible mark on your East African expedition.

This carefully curated journey ensures a harmonious blend of beachfront tranquility, wildlife spectacle in the Masai Mara, and the profound encounter with gorillas in Rwanda, creating an unforgettable tapestry of East Africa’s diverse landscapes and captivating wildlife.



Victoria Falls

A diverse and unforgettable adventure combining the sun-drenched Kenyan coast, the thrilling safari landscapes, and the majestic beauty of Victoria Falls in Livingstone. Begin your journey along the Kenyan coast, where pristine beaches and turquoise waters offer a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural exploration. Indulge in water activities, savor local flavors, and immerse yourself in the coastal charm.

Transition to the heart of Kenya for a classic safari experience in iconic reserves like the Maasai Mara. Witness the breathtaking spectacle of wildlife against the backdrop of sweeping savannahs, capturing the essence of East Africa’s untamed beauty. Encounter the Big Five and marvel at the richness of the region’s diverse ecosystems.

From the safari plains, venture to Livingstone to witness the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Feel the mist on your face as you stand in the presence of one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Engage in thrilling activities around the falls, from scenic helicopter rides to leisurely cruises on the Zambezi River.

This harmonious blend of coastal leisure, safari excitement, and the grandeur of Victoria Falls creates a holiday of unparalleled variety, showcasing the best of East Africa’s landscapes and natural wonders.



South Africa Discoveries (Cape Town and onwards)

A captivating journey that seamlessly combines the sun-soaked beauty of the Kenyan coast, the thrilling wildlife safari adventures of Kenya, and the diverse landscapes of South Africa. Begin your escape on the idyllic Kenyan coast, where pristine beaches meet the Indian Ocean. Immerse yourself in coastal serenity, partake in water activities, and delve into the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

Transition from the coast to the heart of Kenya for an exhilarating safari experience. Explore renowned reserves like the Maasai Mara, encountering iconic wildlife against the backdrop of sweeping savannahs. Witness the drama of the animal kingdom and the timeless beauty of Africa’s wilderness.

Extend your journey to the southern tip of the continent, venturing into South Africa’s enchanting landscapes. Discover the vibrant city life of Cape Town, marvel at the towering Table Mountain, and explore the renowned Kruger National Park for an immersive safari experience with the Big Five.

This seamless blend of Kenya’s coastal allure, exhilarating safari adventures, and the captivating landscapes of South Africa ensures a multifaceted exploration of Africa’s beauty, offering a journey that captures the essence of diverse cultures and natural wonders.


Where to stay in Kenya:

Cardamom House, Kuruwitu Beach, Vipingo

Cardamom House, Kuruwitu Beach, Vipingo – hidden in the gem of Older Kesi Conservancy, the queen of pride. With just 9 rooms, of which 2 are Luxury suites, there is no doubt that your experience of the Mara will be as private and exclusive as it gets.

AfroChic Diani Beach Lodge, Diani Beach

This lies south of Mombasa, Kenya, on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Afrochic Diani is the perfect getaway for the discerning traveller who wants to simply ‘flop and drop’ and enjoy the spectacular views of exotic and ancient dhows in full sail.

Image by: Alfajiri Villas

Image by: Alfajiri Villas

Alfajiri Villas, Diani Beach

Alfajiri Villas, Diani Beach – Alfajiri boasts unparalleled privacy and exclusivity on the edge of Diani Beach. Inspired by African design and hospitality, our villas offer you the freedom to explore with intrigue and to indulge your senses.


Mozambique’s coastal region is a well-kept secret that guarantees unspoiled beaches, secluded islands, and a serene ambiance. The archipelago of Bazaruto and Benguerra stands out with its crystalline waters and majestic sand dunes, creating a paradise for enthusiasts of snorkeling and scuba diving. However, on the mainland, there are few options that offer a chance to savour the local cuisine, particularly the delectable seafood dishes that showcase the country’s Portuguese influences.

Safari Options


Embark on a unique getaway with a holiday that combines the pristine beaches of White Pearl in Mozambique and the vibrant cultural charm of Maputo. Immerse yourself in the secluded luxury of White Pearl, where white sands meet the azure Indian Ocean. Enjoy water activities, indulge in exquisite cuisine, and unwind in the tranquility of this coastal paradise.

From the beach bliss, venture to Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, where a fusion of Portuguese and African influences creates a vibrant cultural tapestry. Explore historic architecture, lively markets, and savor diverse culinary delights, immersing yourself in the city’s dynamic atmosphere.


Vilanculos mainland

Imagine an idyllic mainland beach holiday in Vilanculos, Mozambique, where the pristine coastline meets crystal-clear waters. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, indulge in water activities like snorkeling and diving among vibrant coral reefs, or simply relax on the powdery white sands.

To enhance your beach getaway, consider combining your holiday with a cultural experience in Maputo, Mozambique’s vibrant capital, or venture into the heart of the African wilderness for a safari in nearby national parks, such as Gorongosa or Kruger in South Africa. This combination ensures a well-rounded and enriching travel experience, blending beach relaxation with island exploration or cultural and wildlife adventures.


Where to stay in Mozambique:
Image by: White Pearl Resort

Image by: White Pearl Resort

White Pearl Resort, Ponta Mamoli, Zitundo

White Pearl Resort, Ponta Mamoli, Zitundo – this luxury Mozambique beach resort is nestled in a sheltered bay on Mozambique’s Lagoon Coast, poised amongst the dunes on timber stilts, our 22 luxurious suites have been sensitively designed to take advantage of their beautiful natural setting, while protecting the fragile eco-systems beneath them.

Santorini Mozambique, Vilanculous

Santorini Mozambique, Vilanculous – Nestled above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay in Vilanculos, Santorinis’ unfurling view of the archipelago islands and curling mainland in the distance is unsurpassable. Santorini Mozambique is like a small Greek village in the heart of a raw African landscape – a magical combination.

Image by: Santorini Mozambique

Image by: Santorini Mozambique


South Africa is celebrated for its incredible variety of landscapes, and its coastline exemplifies this diversity. Spanning from the vibrant city of Cape Town to the captivating Wild Coast, the country offers beach destinations that cater to every taste. Nestled against the iconic Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula boasts awe-inspiring beaches like Camps Bay, Clifton and Long Beach, where visitors can bask in the beauty of their surroundings. Along the enchanting Garden Route, one can discover picturesque towns such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, where golden beaches seamlessly blend with verdant forests, creating a picturesque setting. For an extraordinary adventure, a visit to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a must. This park has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and presents an opportunity to explore pristine beaches and encounter an array of abundant wildlife.

Safari Options

Cape Town beach holiday pairs with everything and anywhere in Africa 😊

  • Marine and Coastal Nature Adventures including whale cruises, shark cage diving, and coastal walks.
  • Iconic Big Five Safaris in the Greater Kruger, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal or Madikwe Reserves
  • Botswana Kalahari and Okavango Delta land, water and cultural journeys
  • East Africa Safaris including the Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania
  • Face to Face with Silverbacks on Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
  • Victoria Falls Adventure
  • More Beach (are you enough😊) Island Style (read more here) eg. Mauritius


Garden Route beach holiday pairs with Eastern Cape Safaris and Cape Town

Combining a Plettenberg Bay holiday with Garden Route exploration, and an Eastern Cape safari ensures a well-rounded South African adventure. Whether you’re seeking coastal relaxation, outdoor activities, or wildlife encounters, this itinerary caters to diverse interests. Enjoy scenic drives, visit viewpoints, and discover the diverse ecosystems of this iconic route. This diverse wildlife reserves set along the Eastern Cape are known for large elephant populations, as well as other game species. Enjoy game drives and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Eastern Cape landscapes.



KwaZulu Natal beach holiday pairs with

  • Wildlife and Marine safaris
  • History Buffs Delight in Battlefields
  • Epic Diving holidays

You will be assured of a multifaceted journey in South Africa by combining the sun-soaked beaches of Kwazulu Natal with exhilarating wildlife safaris, immersive diving experiences, and captivating tours of historic battlefields. Begin your adventure on the coastal shores of Kwazulu Natal, where pristine beaches meet the warm Indian Ocean. From there, delve into the heart of the wilderness for a wildlife safari, encountering majestic creatures in their natural habitats. Explore vibrant coral reefs through diving excursions, discovering the underwater wonders of the Indian Ocean. To enrich your experience, delve into the region’s history with tours of historic battlefields, gaining insight into South Africa’s past. This harmonious blend of beach leisure, wildlife exploration, diving adventures, and historical discovery promises an unforgettable South African escapade.


Where to stay in South Africa:
The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa Camps Bay_9

The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa

The Marly Boutique Hotel and Spa offers guests an urban hideaway that celebrates sophisticated design, beachfront living and five-star service. Set the tone of your stay with a sea-facing or mountain-facing suite and experience the essence of the Mother City.

The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

Situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay, along the famous Garden Route – is the ultimate South African seaside escape. The five-star Small Luxury Hotels of the World property, with its 35 beautifully appointed rooms and two family-style villas, showcases the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa, with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden sand. Guests may enjoy world-class cuisine courtesy of The Restaurant at The Plettenberg, where fresh seafood is the order of the day.

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Sala Beach House

Sala Beach House, Ballito, KwaZulu Natal

A luxurious coastal escape with 5-star service, tranquillity and wellness amongst the palm trees where it feels more like staying with an old friend than it does a hotel with access to a protected tidal pool and swimming beach, explore rocky expanses and secluded coves or partake in some of the many activities in the area.

Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu Natal

Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu Natal – one of South Africa’s most pristine wilderness beach lodge awaits you on the azure shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), situated deep in this wilderness of white beaches, blazing corals and freshwater lakes in KwaZulu-Natal.

Image by: Thonga Beach Lodge

Your next beach holiday awaits...

It is clear that mainland Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa each offer a distinct beach holiday experience, characterized by their breathtaking landscapes, warm waters, and vibrant cultures. Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, or a blend of both, these destinations have it all.

From exploring underwater worlds teeming with marine life to savouring delicious local cuisines and enjoying endless hours of sunshine, a beach holiday in these countries will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. So, pack your swimsuit, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable tropical getaway with Timeless Africa Safaris.

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  • Beach holiday destinations in Africa
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa

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