Choosing between a high-paced bush experience and a tranquil seaside getaway is difficult. From the iconic savannah grasslands of the Serengeti to the otherworldly dunes of the Namib Desert, from the idyllic volcanic waters of Mauritius to the stretching coastline of Mozambique – why not combine both for the ultimate African adventure. Whilst the early starts on African safaris are definitely worth it for the best wildlife viewing opportunities, there’s hardly a better place to reflect on your wildlife escapades than on a tropical beach worthy of any postcard.
There is nowhere else like Africa on the planet. From the misty jungles of Central Africa to the otherworldly dunes of the Namib Desert, from the iconic savannah grasslands of the Masai Mara and Serengeti, to the dramatic features of the Great Rift Valley – Africa is remarkable.
African safaris generally involve early starts for the best wildlife viewing opportunities at the crack of dawn. It is no surprise, given the easy accessibility of the Indian Ocean, that many safaris incorporate both bush and beach, providing for relaxing downtime on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world at the end of your holiday.
At Natural World Safaris we have access to some sensational barefoot beach escapes that blend seamlessly in terms of logistics with our favourite camps and lodges. Experience Africa at its very best waking up to the saw-like grunt of a leopard, or the deep bone-trembling roar of lions and ending it to the sound of waves lapping against the shore. Talk to our Destination Specialists about their favourite bush and beach safari combinations.
Africa is a prime destination for bush and beach safaris, as it boasts an abundance of wildlife and stunning beaches. A bush and beach safari typically involves experiencing the wildlife and landscapes of Africa's game reserves and national parks, followed by a relaxing beach getaway to one of the continent's coastal destinations.
South Africa & Mozambique
South Africa and Mozambique offer a unique combination of wildlife, culture, and beautiful beaches, making it an ideal destination for a safari and beach holiday. South Africa is famous for its diverse wildlife, including the Big Five, and boasts numerous world-class national parks and game reserves such as Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, and the famous private game reserves in the Eastern Cape.
Mozambique, on the other hand, is renowned for its stunning coastline, unspoiled beaches, and crystal-clear waters, making it a paradise for beach lovers. The country's long history of Portuguese influence is evident in its architecture and cuisine. The Bazaruto Archipelago is a must-visit destination in Mozambique, where you can indulge in water sports such as snorkelling, diving, and fishing.
Kenya & Seychelles
Kenya and the Seychelles offer a unique and unforgettable safari and beach experience. Kenya is a world-renowned safari destination with vast savannah grasslands and abundant wildlife, including the Big Five. Kenya has over 50 national parks and reserves, each with its own unique ecosystem and wildlife, making it a top safari destination. In addition to its natural wonders, Kenya is rich in cultural diversity, with over 40 tribes and a fascinating history.
On the other hand, Seychelles is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxurious resorts, making it a perfect destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Seychelles is home to an array of exotic flora and fauna, including giant tortoises and unique bird species. The stunning coral reefs surrounding the islands also offer incredible opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. A combination of Kenya and Seychelles offers the best of both worlds, from wildlife safaris in Kenya to relaxing on beautiful beaches in Seychelles, making it an ideal safari and beach holiday destination.
Botswana & Mozambique
Botswana is perhaps Africa's most exclusive safari destination, a vast wilderness dotted with world-class camps and lodges. A safari here combines perfectly with Mozambique, which offers some of the best diving and snorkeling off Africa's eastern coast along with exclusive island lodges. Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago sits inside a marine park the four large islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Santa Isobel and Santa offer some of the most idyllic beach stays imaginable.
Kenya (Masai Mara & Mombasa)
The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest year-round safari destinations. A short hop to Mombasa takes you from breakfast in the Masai Mara to sunset drinks on the Indian Ocean coast. Mombasa's blend of cultures is unique. Kenya's beaches are the real deal with long stretches of white sand lapped by the bath-warm sea. Diani Beach is widely regarded as the best coastal escapes in Kenya; one of our favourite properties here are Alfajiri Villas which boasts unparalleled privacy and exclusivity on the edge of Diani Beach.
Tanzania is a fantastic destination for a bush and beach safari holiday. The country is home to some of Africa's most iconic wildlife destinations, including the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you can witness the annual wildebeest migration, see the Big Five, and experience a true African safari.
In addition to its exceptional wildlife, Tanzania also boasts stunning beaches and coral reefs. Zanzibar, located just off the coast of Tanzania, is a world-renowned beach destination with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and fascinating culture. The island is also known for its spice plantations and historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Zambia & Malawi
The permanent water sources of the Lower Zambezi and the South Luangwa are a magnet for wildlife and offer superb safari game drives along with the bonus of some of Africa's best walking safaris. This combines wonderfully with Malawi, which lies at the southern end of Africa's Great Rift Valley. Despite being land-locked, the vast Lake Malawi stretching almost 600km, offers plenty of golden sandy bays and beaches for dips along the water’s edge offering a great option for a beach stay after being on safari.