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The Best Beach and Safari Combo Destinations

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From crimson sunsets over the African plains, to palm-fringed coastlines set against the glassy-blue ocean, nothing beats a holiday double dipped in ‘bush’ and ‘beach’.

“In Africa, especially Southern Africa, it’s so easy to combine your wilderness safari with some postcard-perfect beach bliss. So, why not try a bit of both?” asks Natalie Tenzer-Silva, Director of Dana Tours in Mozambique.

“This alluring combination is especially ideal for couples and honeymooners looking to level up on the romance. It’s also a fun combination for families, as the variety in experiences will be sure to keep everyone entertained throughout the trip,” she added.

The team at Dana Tours recently offered up their top picks for the perfect beach and safari combo destinations:

Best of three: Kruger, Swaziland and Mozambique

This 12 day journey starts off at Shishangeni Private Lodge in the world renowned Kruger National Park. From here, the adventure continues to the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary close to Mbabane in Swaziland, which will reward you with gorgeous mountain views and panoramic landscapes. It ends off with a good dose of fresh sea air at Machangulo Beach Lodge in Mozambique, where you can find that much sought after room with a view.

Twice as nice: the Kruger and Bazaruto

Being neighbours, South Africa and Mozambique go together really well if you are looking to strike the right balance with a safari-beach based holiday. If your heart is set on the Kruger National Park, you can easily try an 8 day getaway from there to Anantara Bazaruto. Get your game drive and Big 5 fix, then wash off that safari dust and don your snorkeling mask to continue your nature viewing, as you explore Mozambique’s vibrant marine life.

All about Mozambique

Mozambique is ideal for those looking to experience a bit of everything without having to travel too far. Gorongosa National Park over the recent years has re-emerged a top-notch safari destination. Great for game drives, boat and walking safaris, wildlife viewing is uninterrupted without massive hordes of tourists. As an 8 day experience, it is effortlessly paired with Bazaruto Island, where you can soak up the sun and to catch up on some relaxation.

From game drives to water sports

This beach and safari combo is great for thrill seekers. Spend 3 nights at your lodge at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique and take advantage of those morning and evening game drives. Here, you can head out to spot lions, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, buffalo as well as plenty of antelope and bird species. The second leg of this adventure will have you wiggling your toes in the white sands of Ibo Island in Mozambique, as you swim, snorkel, cruise and kayak your way around while exploring the Quirimbas Archipelago.

For more opportunities available through Dana Tours, click here.

Chelsey Hale
Chelsey Hale
Chelsey Hale left her career in teaching English and History to pursue her passion of working in the travel industry. From living in Thailand, the U.K and now back home in South Africa, she is always up for an adventure. Diving head first into Cape Town's tourism scene, she thrives in new environments and has a knack for researching and writing. She was welcomed to the team in 2017.

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