This post was most recently updated on January 16th, 2018
Africa is known for its many tourist attractions: from its beautiful landscape to its thriving wildlife. It also has a number of beautiful beaches. They are spread out all over the continent and have a lot to offer tourists. It doesn’t matter whether you like to laze around on the beach and get a tan or whether you love to get your adrenaline pumping by diving into the deep seas; these beaches are perfect for you. Here are some of the best beaches in Africa.
Sharm el- Sheikh, Egypt
Also known as the Bay of the Sheikh, this beach is one of the most beautiful in Africa. It is also known as the City of Peace owing to the countless peace conferences that have been held there. From sparkling waters to sandy beaches and ancient buildings, the beach has it all. You will get to see marine life in all its beauty and diversity as well as see the beautiful Red Sea Coral Reefs. Even though the town may appear to be ancient, there are also plenty of modern tourist facilities here: posh resorts, fun parks and a booming nightlife. A visit to this beach is certainly worth your while.
Watamu may not be the largest city in Kenya, given its proximity to other giant coastal cities such as Mombasa, but it is a little haven of peace for those who discover it. The clear waters and sandy beaches will uplift you out of every misery. Go snorkeling or diving in the deep waters and you will be rewarded with priceless views of the stunning sea life. There are numerous bays around this small town which you really should visit. There are also a number of hotels where you can stay.
Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania
You will be welcomed to Nungwi by the breathtaking beauty of its turquoise waters and powdery sand beaches. There are a number of water sports to engage in here such as scuba diving and snorkeling. You could even opt to go fishing. The town, also known as Ras Nungwi, is rather attractive with beautiful palm and mangrove trees. Be sure to visit the Jambo Square from where you can buy souvenirs to take home with you.
Likoma Island, Malawi
Likoma is actually an island on Lake Malawi, and the bordering coastline has a lot to offer an adventurous tourist. Besides the expected thrill of swimming and diving, you can also opt to go and explore this ancient town. Visit the St Peters’ Cathedral which is one of the oldest buildings in Likoma, or any of the other historical buildings that dot the place. The sandy bays by the water are great for relaxing, and the virtually unspoiled environment is something to envy.
Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles
The beach looks somewhat like something pulled right out of a travel magazine: it is perfect by any standards. The pure white sand, the tranquil waters, the sunny days; there is little to complain about with this beach. On the downside however, it is often crowded which may put you off. Early in the morning, however, you can get some peace and quiet on this beautiful beach. Also, if you walk far from the crowds, you will be surprised to learn that there are parts of the beach where most don’t reach and where you can enjoy some tranquility.
Belle Mare, Mauritius
This beach is characterized by powdery sand, turquoise waters and plenty of tourist attractions. There is a championship golf course for the golf die- hards as well as numerous water sports to engage in. If you are not the kind that simply wants to laze by the beach, you will find that there are a lot of other exciting activities to indulge in. Try the exerting trek up to the 1750 foot high Mount Lion, or go deep sea- fishing. You are guaranteed to have unforgettable experiences on this beach.
Legzira Beach, Sidi Ifni, Morocco
This beach is unlike most others because of two stone arches that grace it. The beauty of this beach is a wonder to behold. The 8 km coastline is windy and vast, and is great for taking long walks. Paragliding is one of the most common activities in this area as are a number of exerting water sports. You will also get to experience the culture of the locals who are a warm and welcoming people.
Clifton, Cape Town
Located near a rich neighborhood, this beach is a rare beauty. It has severally been termed one of the top ten best beaches in the world. The area actually has four beaches, named from the first to the fourth. Surfing is common here owing to the strong waves, but the water is usually quite chilly. There are a number of posh hotels near the beach. The view of the Atlantic Ocean from the beaches is also rather breathtaking.
Île aux Nattes, Madagascar
Also less commonly known as Nosy Nato, this is a tiny tropical island off the East Coast of Madagascar. So small is it that you can explore it in a few hours on foot. The coastline is a mere 3 km long, but it is not lacking in any of the things associated with beaches: from a diverse sea life to beautiful palm trees to fine sand. To access it, you have to sail to it using a Lakana, which is a traditional canoe. Sailing across lasts for only four minutes and experienced swimmers can actually swim across it.
Praia de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Cape Verde
The beach has golden brown sands that have a soothing effect on your legs as you walk through them. You can go snorkeling or diving to see the beautiful sea life that lies beneath the water surface. You can even jog along the remarkably long coastline. Generally, the water is usually warm, so you can enjoy a warm bath whenever you want to.
Nakupenda Beach Stone Town, Tanzania
If your idea of a perfect holiday is swimming with the dolphins, then this beach is a must visit for you. The benevolent creatures frequent its waters and provide an unforgettable experience. You can also go snorkeling or diving into the blue waters or go for reef game fishing. You can also opt to stay and feed the tortoises and watch the beautiful peacocks.
This antique city is also home to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. With crystal clear waters and powdery sand, there is no denying that the beach is enchantingly stunning. The city has a rich history and is one of the most picturesque cities the world over.
The next time you are in Africa, be sure to visit some of these beaches. They will provide nothing but the best chance to explore these countries and experience a great holiday.