It’s estimated that over 50 million EU & US citizens visit Africa every single year, at least according to the latest official figures published back in 2017.
Interestingly, 15% of these book solely for the purposes of tourism, with Africa presenting a diverse range of experiences and terrains to travellers. In recent times, Africa beach safari holidays and packages have become increasingly popular among visitors, primarily because they offer unique and once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.
In this post, we’ll list the top five beach and safari combo holidays in Africa, while asking why they’re so popular among travellers.
- East Africa and Essque Zalu
If you’re really in the market for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, we’d recommend a trip to East Africa.
This is home to the spectacular location of Kenya, which is home to a number of popular safaris and some of the most fascinating species in Africa. Kenya is also home to several big cat sightings every single year, particular in the iconic Kicheche Camp in the Mara.
In East Africa, you can also book a safari in the north of Tanzania, which is home to the great Wildebeest Migration that takes place every autumn.
This trip can be combined with a relaxing beach holiday on the neighbouring island of Zanzibar, which is famous for combining contemporary boutique-chic with rustic and unspoiled terrain.
- The Kruger National Park and Cape Town
While there’s no such thing as a cheap safari, it’s fair to say that some packages are inherently cheaper than others.
Take a trip to South Arica’s Kruger National Park, for example, which is an extremely popular tourist destination that offers access to a genuine big game safari experience.
This can be combined with a few days relaxation on the beaches of nearby Cape Town, which combine idyllic surrounds with superb shopping and a host of exceptional restaurants.
- The Serengeti and the Fundu Lagoon
If you’re in the marker for an authentic African safari experience, a mobile camp is probably your best bet.
This is particularly true of you head to renowned locations such as Botswana or the Serengeti, which offer a comprehensive but unspoiled safari experience with all the associated creature comforts.
From here, you can also book the ideal beach getaway at the sun-kissed and incredibly rustic Fundu Lagoon.
This is located on Zanzibar’s very own Robinson Crusoe island of Pemba, which offer tremendous boutique accommodations and miles of picturesque golden sands.
- The Madikwe and the Seychelles
If money is no object and you’re looking to book a luxury safari, we’d recommend a trip to South Africa.
More specifically, locations such as the Sanctuary Makanyane Lodge offer a relevant case in point, as they offer a unique sense of serenity while providing the ideal backdrop for couples in search of a romantic retreat.
Imagine following a week in the stunning Madikwe with a week-long vacation in the Seychelles, which is home to beautiful white beaches and bright blue water.
This is a truly opulent experience, and one that actually offers impressive value for money.
- The Madikwe Game Reserve and The Residence
This location will probably top many a travel diary but safari trips are becoming increasingly popular among families, and operators have created a number of tailored packages to meet this demand.
One of the best locations for families is the Malaria-free Madikwe Game reserve in South Africa, which offers a safe and comfortable experience complete with excellent guides. It’s also known for its superb junior range programme, which allows children to experience animal tracking and bush survival.
Additionally, the west of Tanzania offer a slower and more serene safari experience, and one that’s ideal for young children and families.
From both of these destinations, you can access a number of beach destinations in and around Zanzibar. We’re particularly fond of The Residence, which combine picturesque beaches with outstanding service and even butlers!