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Here’s a small sample of 10 beautiful beaches you can enjoy within Southern and East Africa:
1. Camps Bay, South Africa
Camps Bay is one of the trendiest beaches in South Africa, just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Cape Town. With its lively bars and restaurants, this is the “it” spot for sundowners over the blue Atlantic ocean, set against a backdrop of rugged mountains.
2. Coffee Bay, South Africa
As a small town along South Africa’s Wild Coast, Coffee Bay’s stretch of beach is an off-the beaten-track kind of beach hidden away from tourists. It is set against a backdrop of black-faced cliffs and is popular for horse riding, surfing, swimming and sunbathing. The infamous Hole in the Wall is also located near here.
3. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Madagascar boasts plenty of beaches to feast your eye on. The Bazaruto Archipelago beaches are well known for their unspoilt beauty, lined with palm trees and stretching into the clear turquoise water. Bazaruto is well known for its diving but also offers an opportunity for some good old-fashioned vegetating, cocktail in hand.
4. Tofo Beach, Mozambique
Another one from Mozambique. Tofo beach awards you with crystal clear waters and powdery white sand. Its great for shore-frolickers, while further out to sea, you can soak up the views of the local fishing boats cruising along gently on the wind.
5. Belle Mare, Mauritius
Mauritius is an island-country that fully promotes that “life is a beach” motto. The east coast of Belle Mare rewards visitors with miles of powder-white beaches that are popular with visitors and locals. Due to its size, this shallow bay never gets too overcrowded.
6. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
Anse Source d’Argent is one of the more well-known beaches in the Seychelles. The shallow, clear water surrounds large granite rocks which are great for exploring. The water is always calm so it’s ideal for families and those looking to do some snorkeling.
7. Bird Island, Seychelles
Bird Island is the most northern islands of the Seychelles archipelago. Well-known for its birdlife, it also offers some gorgeous untouched beaches and turquoise waters. It’s a top-notch spot for the ultimate island getaway. Keep an eye out for giant tortoises that often venture close to the beach.
8. Pemba, Zanzibar
Pemba Island forms part of Tanzania’s Zanzibar Archipelago, which is just off the coast of East Africa. Pemba is surrounded by warm waters offering ideal conditions for reef and drift dives. During September the clove harvests bring on a rich, spicy clove scent that permeates the whole island.
9. Île Sainte Marie Island, Madagascar
The tropical island of Sainte Maria lies just off the coast of eastern Madagascar. With its white sandy beaches, fringed by immense palm and coconut trees it’s hard not to fall in love with the views. The annual sunshine and calm, clear warm waters make it one of the islands most premier beaches.
10. Watamu Beach, Kenya
In the Watamu National Marine Park in Kenya, Watamu Beach is a hidden gem best visited during low tide when you can walk for miles to see the coral life. It doesn’t get better than pure white sand contrasted against the rolling hues of the blue ocean water.