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African Safari & Beach Holidays

Torn between an exciting safari adventure and an idyllic beach getaway? A safari and beach holiday is the perfect compromise! Taking you from iconic game reserves to the serene seashore, this type of once-in-a-lifetime holiday combines the very best of both worlds — all in a single break.

Beach safari packages in Kenya

Beach safari packages in Tanzania

Combine your safari with a beach holiday

Thrilling game drives across the savannah plains, superb wildlife viewing, and time to relax on idyllic white-sand beaches — a safari and beach holiday delivers the very best of Africa in one trip. Spend a few days exploring the African bush by jeep in search of the Big Five, and then end your holiday on a high note lounging on a palm-fringed beach or snorkelling with whale sharks in exquisitely turquoise waters. No matter what region you choose to explore, you’re guaranteed an exciting holiday jam-packed with diverse experiences, sights, and activities.

Best places for a beach safari

Looking for the best place to go on a beach safari holiday? Start planning your dream trip with these perfectly-paired destinations:

  • Kenya: Begin your holiday with game drives in the Masai Mara and soak up the sun on the stunning Kenyan coast.
  • Tanzania: Combine your visit to this classic safari destination with the pristine white-sand beaches of Zanzibar.
  • South Africa: Once you’ve spotted the Big Five in Kruger National Park, head to the Elephant Coast for a relaxing finish to your holiday.

Beach and safari holiday destinations
Beach and safari holiday destinations

Tips for first timers

Visit during dry season
The best time for a safari is outside the rainy season. You may want to consider avoiding Kenya, Tanzania and Kruger National Park between March and May. For peak season perks (like dry weather) visit during July and August or June and September.
Safari and beach honeymoon
If you want to do something special and memorable for your honeymoon, go on an African safari and finish your holiday at a luxury beach lodge. 

Best safari and beach holiday destinations

Kenya beach safari vacations

Kenya safari and beach holidays

Blending the world’s most spectacular wildlife and a handful of islands scattered throughout the Indian Ocean, Kenya is the place of safari and beach holiday dreams. Start your trip at the Masai Mara, scouring the savannah for herds of zebra and wildebeest. Then, head to Kenya’s south coast for a dreamy dose of tropical sunshine.

  • Masai Mara National Park or Amboseli National Park: Experience unmatched game viewing, visit a Masai village, or photograph the starry night sky — there’s plenty to see and do at these iconic national parks
  • Kenyan coast: Along with spectacular beaches, you’ll find a number of activities on offer here, from surfing to snorkelling and fishing
  • Safari activities for every taste: Enhance your safari experience with a hot air balloon ride over Masai Mara, a horseback safari, or a specialised photography tour

Kenya beach safari
Tanzania beach and safari vacations

Tanzania safari and beach holiday

With world-renowned game viewing in Serengeti National Park, this diverse safari destination combines seamlessly with a luxurious beach holiday on Zanzibar, the exotic Spice Island located just off Tanzania’s coast. Track the wildebeest migration, stay in a safari lodge perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, and then round off your holiday with a phenomenal beach experience.

  • Serengeti National Park: This reserve offers some of the best wildlife viewings on the planet, along with the largest population of lions anywhere in the world
  • Mount Kilimanjaro: For a dose of adventure, add a Kilimanjaro trek to your holiday
  • Ngorongoro Crater: This breathtakingly beautiful setting is one of the best places in Tanzania to see the Big Five
  • Olduvai Gorge: This fascinating paleoanthropological site is a must-visit attraction for history buffs
  • Zanzibar: Swim, snorkel, or lounge the hours away at this tranquil beach destination

Tanzania beach safari
South africa safari and beach vacations

South Africa safari and beach holiday

South Africa is an incredibly diverse country — and that’s exactly why it’s the perfect destination for a safari and beach holiday. In only a matter of hours, you can go from Kruger National Park to the Elephant Coast, a gorgeous stretch of natural beauty known for its unspoiled beaches, subtropical forests, and magnificent coral reefs.

  • Kruger National Park: Home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, including the Big Five, this world-renowned park is one of southern Africa’s most famous wildlife reserves
  • The Elephant Coast: Located in a remote area of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, this is where you’ll find some of the country’s best eco-tourism highlights, and one of the least developed stretches of coast in South Africa

South Africa safari

Frequently asked questions

  • Safari or beach first?

    We usually recommend doing the safari part of your holiday first and ending your trip on the beach. This will give a real sense of balance to your safari experience. Safaris can be tiring because the game drives depart at the crack of dawn when the wildlife is at its most active. Your friendly wake up call can be as early as 5:00am.
  • Do you have any packing tips for a safari and beach trip?

    While you’re packing list will vary depending on several factors, there are a few essential items you’ll need on every safari excursion. Minimal and lightweight earth-toned clothing is an absolute necessity, along with a windbreaker or warm layers for early mornings and chilly evenings. Check out our Ultimate Safari Packing List for more tips.
  • How can I book a beach safari?

    TourRadar makes it easy to book your perfect safari and beach holiday. Simply browse through our Africa Beach Tours and Holiday Packages, choose the dates and destinations that most appeal to you, and then book your dream safari holiday online!

  • How to choose the right safari?

    The first step to deciding on the perfect safari is to consider what species you most want to see, what landscapes you’re intrigued by, and what activities are at the top of your safari wishlist. Once you’ve determined these factors, you’ll have a much easier time narrowing down the options to find the ideal safari for you.

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