If you’re planning a safari trip in the near future, the chances are that you’ll have considered combining this with a beach holiday.
This is a tried-and-tested combination for overseas travellers, who like to visit beaches either as a way of recovering from their safari excursions or refuelling ahead of a great outdoors adventure.
With a vast array of majestic beaches to choose from, here we take a brief look at some of the best African beach safari experiences available- just remember to follow our travel planning guide!
- East Africa for a Once in a Lifetime Experience
If you’re only going to go on safari once during your lifetime, we definitely recommend booking a trip to East Africa.
This region is home to popular safari destinations like Kenya and Tanzania, which in turn host iconic locations such as The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Visitors here can also enjoy resorts such as the Kicheche Camp in the Mars region, with this location famed for its big cat sightings. Kenya and Tanzania also host the annual Great Migration, which sees millions of Wildebeest and thousands and zebras travel north in search of lush grazing lands and permanent water sources.
Visiting Tanzania in Autumn and towards the end of the dry season offers a particularly rewarding viewing experience, while this is also in close proximity to the spectacular beach resort of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar beach safari holidays have grown in popularity, owing to the romantic shores, and there are a number of holiday specialists that offer a range of luxury and all-inclusive travel packages.
Known as the Spice Island, this provides a stark and welcome contrast with Tanzania with its combination of sun-kissed coastline and boutique shopping.
- South Africa for Those on a Budget
While safari holidays can cost a bit, there are affordable packages that have been designed to suit travellers who are on a budget.
Many of these packages are available in South Africa, which often combine time spent in The Kruger or the iconic Madikwe Reserve with a few nights on a stunning Cape Town beach.
Typically, South African safari packages have also begun cheaper because of the relationship between the rand and the pound, although the former has made ground against the British currency against the backdrop of Brexit.
A trip to South Africa also offers you access to several central locations and shopping outlets, helping to create a more rounded travel experience that delivers huge value for money.
- South Africa and the Seychelles for Instances where Money is no Object
Given the relatively expensive nature of safari packages, you may well decide to go all out and book a truly luxurious holiday experience if you have the necessary resources.
For a true taste of luxury, you may well be tempted by a trip to the renowned Sanctuary Makanyane Lodge in the heartland of South Africa.
This location is not only to a large concentration of big game animals, but it also boasts the type of expansive and luxury lodges that are especially ideal for couples embarking on their honeymoon.
Interestingly, this can be followed with a week’s trip to a private island and beach holiday in the Seychelles, creating the ideal opportunity for rest and relaxation after an action-packed safari adventure!