Experience an African beach holiday safari in an exquisite coastal paradise. Popular with couples and families, beach holidays offer a host of activities that range from snorkeling and scuba diving to fishing and boating. Africa is home to a variety of beach safari holiday destinations that are on or near the ocean, on tropical islands, or around a lake (like Lake Malawi). Beach safaris are extremely popular as honeymoon destinations, and are great spots to unwind after an adventurous safari holiday. The Safari Index team recommends these African beach safari destinations.

Magical Malawi Luxury Safari Tour

This safari tour takes guests on a 14–day adventure, covering all the highlights that the incredible country of Malawi has to offer. Everything from Big 5 wildlife viewing to thrilling beach and water sports are offered on this tour. It starts off with 3 nights in Majete Wildlife Reserve, a 70000-hectare reserve of woodlands and grasslands that are home to…

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Miavana Island Sanctuary, Madagascar

Miavana Island Sanctuary is located on the private island of Nosy Ankao, an island found off the northeastern coast of Madagascar. This island paradise offers luxury accommodation, while at the same time preserving the biodiversity and ecology of the area. It consists of 14 exclusive air-conditioned villas, each featuring ocean and beach views, as well as private pools. The resort…

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Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique

One of Africa's prized beach destinations located among the pristine islands of Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island Lodge is a haven of beauty and tranquility. This luxury island lodge is situated on the stunning Benguerra Island, home to stretches of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and a plethora of marine life. The lodge is located in a protected marine…

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Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort is an ultra-luxury island paradise, located on the pristine Bazaruto Island, off the coast of Mozambique. This magnificent resort features an array of world-class facilities and amenities, including opulent villas, two swimming pools, a decadent spa, a business centre, fitness centre, and conference facilities. The accommodation consists of 44 villas, each providing views of either the…

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Matemwe Retreat, Zanzibar

Matemwe Retreat is a tranquil, secluded beach resort located on the northeastern coast of the stunning Zanzibar Island in Tanzania. It consists of just four private luxury villas, each offering guests an indulgent haven in the heart of this island paradise. The villas are vibrantly designed and fully air-conditioned. They are made up of downstairs double bedrooms with en-suite facilities,…

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Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar

Matemwe Lodge is a luxury beach lodge located on the tranquil coastline of Tanzania’s Zanzibar island. Overlooking a lagoon, it exudes and relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Consisting of 12 beach chalets, each situated in lush tropical gardens, and each with a private veranda looking out over the ocean. The rooms are most luxurious and perfect for relaxing, with sofas and…

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Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge

The romantic Chuini Zanzibar Beach Lodge is a beach lodge located on the island of Unguja in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This idyllic tropical paradise is ideal for a relaxing yet exciting coastal safari holiday. It is made up of thatched bungalows, each fully furnished, air-conditioned, and featuring en-suite facilities, private terraces and 24-hour room service. Activities offered at the lodge include…

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Cape Cottage, Lake Malawi

Cape Cottage is a wonderful little cottage situated on the beach at Cape Maclear in Malawi. The cottage is self-catering, with space for up to four people. It features a fully fitted kitchenette and en-suite facilities, and is the perfect place to overnight at Cape Maclear before setting off on an island safari to one of Lake Malawi’s islands. The…

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Mafia Island Lodge

The great value and affordable Mafia Island Lodge is found on Tanzania’s Mafia Island, a tranquil beach paradise found among a host of islands in the Indian Ocean. This beautiful lodge is nestled among tall palm trees and overlooks a sandy beach. It is made up of a variety of differing accommodation types, each with a veranda that has sea…

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Mbuna Bay Retreat, Mozambique

A haven for nature lovers, Mbuna Bay Retreat is located directly on the shores of Lake Niassa (Mozambique part of Lake Malawi). Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest lake and home to more species of fish than any other lake in the world. Despite its remote location, it is easily accessible - it is 15 km south of Metangula town…

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