With over 26,000km of coastline, Africa has some of the world’s finest, untouched beaches. Did you know that Mozambique’s coastline is longer than the state of California? As the continent’s tourism industry booms, these getaways are becoming the go-to havens for those looking for rest and relaxation. Here is a list of seven of the best beaches on the African continent.


Llandudno Beach, South Africa

Jim Sher via Flickr Pano from Llandudno

Jim Sher via Flickr
Pano from Llandudno

Llandudno Beach, in one of Cape Town’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, features natural boulders and a breathtaking view of the Table Mountains. It is popular with surfers despite its dangerous waters.

Watamu, Kenya

Roberta Grisotto Photography via Flickr Mapango Restaurant, Watamu, Kenya

Roberta Grisotto Photography via Flickr
Mapango Restaurant, Watamu, Kenya

Watamu, which literally means “Sweet People,” is an eco-tourism hotspot near gorgeous sites including the Malindi Marine Reserve Park and Turtle Beach. Visit the Gede Ruins and the Kipepeo Butterfly Project as well as the numerous beautiful resorts along the coast.

Cape Maclear, Malawi

Cape Maclear / Chembe, Malawi Image Courtesy: Joachim Huber

Cape Maclear / Chembe, Malawi
Image Courtesy: Joachim Huber

Located in Lake Malawi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town is the busiest resort on Lake Malawi. Popular among bird watchers, Cape Maclear is home to a variety of species like colourful kingfishers. Make sure to take advantage of the water sports available—everything from snorkelling to diving, making it an ideal destination for tourists.

Nungwi, Zanzibar

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Malingering via Flickr

Nungwi (Ras Nungwi) was featured in CNN’s 2014 “100 best beaches of the world” and is not only a tourist destination, but also a fishing village and dhow-boat yard. Go snorkelling and scuba diving, and visit the aquarium with sea turtles.

Vamizi Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

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Wicker Paradise via Flickr

This crescent-shaped island is a secluded getaway located within the Quirimbas National Park. Activities include scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing. As a native habitat for several varieties of endangered exotic fish and turtles, it serves as a wildlife conservation.

Nosy Boraha, Madagascar

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Nosy Boraha (or Ile Sainte Maria) is a great spot for whale watchers and divers. The island’s coral reefs means that water sport lovers are free to swim without fear of sharks. The island has a fascinating history—in the past, it was home to infamous pirates like William Kidd. You can also catch sight of lemurs swinging from tree to tree.

Shela Beach, Lamu

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rogiro via Flickr

Peaceful, tranquil Shela is a melting pot of Swahili and Islamic culture. The  white, sandy beach is dotted with  camels. You can catch sight of dhows, traditional fishing boats, in the distance. Stay at one of Lamu’s beautiful guests houses, while you take advantage of  its excellent fishing, snorkelling, and diving.

Grand-Popo, Benin

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Grand-Popo, Benin

The beach in Grand Popo stretches all the way to Lome, Togo in one direction and to Cotonou in the other. The beaches are quiet and tranquil with lots of ancient, as well as slave trade history around them. If you get lucky, you may stumble upon sea turtles as you walk these secluded beaches.