I am lucky to have visited a number of African countries, and in turn have visited a few different beaches.
I haven’t visited every single beach, but from my visits around Africa I hope you enjoy my best beaches of Africa. According to me, from my few experiences around this incredible continent.
When you think about the best beaches of the world you might instantly think Maldives or Thailand or Bali. But I honestly think Africa has some if not THE best beaches of the world!
So here they are, The Best Beaches of Africa… the answer to all your beachy needs!
The Best Beach in Africa for Surfing – Busua Beach, Ghana
I wrote a whole post on the beaches of Ghana and so it is no surprise that Ghana’s beautiful beaches feature in my best beaches in Africa list.
I spent a few days on Busua beach as part of a trip travelling along the coast of Ghana. I loved this country and can’t believe I still haven’y returned.
I have only surfed once and that was on Busua Beach and though it may not have the biggest waves, it is great for beginners or for people who just want to watch other surfers, because the local surfer boys are hot!
I had a surfing lesson with Mr Brights who was great at letting us have a go, without too much humiliation. I don’t think I quite managed to stand up!
Alongside surfing this beach is also good for sitting with a cocktail in hand, what beach isn’t? One day we had a gentleman ask us if we would like some fresh lobster and when we said yes, he went out to catch some for us. The local beach bar then cooked it up and served it with some chips and cocktails. The absolute dream!
Best Beach for People Watching – Clifton’s 4th Beach,South Africa
So many of Africa’s beaches are deserted, there is no fighting for towel space and often you can get the whole beach to yourself. One place this isn’t so true though is Cape Town. Clifton’s 4th Beach is filled with gorgeous slim ladies, hunky volleyball men, cute kids and families with picnics.
On a lovely sunny day (of which there are many in Cape Town) then every man and his dog heads to 4th Beach where the sand is smooth, the sea is REALLY cold and people walk by offering you anything you might need.
There are an abundance of restaurants offering seriously delicious food and mouthwatering cocktails too. I could happily spend a few days here lazing on the beach, occasionally moving up to a different restaurant for a tasty fresh fish lunch and a glass of chilled Rose from Stellenbosch.
Best Beach for Swimming – Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar
Hands down I would take swimming in the milky bath waters of the Indian Ocean off Zanzibar any day. The water is a perfect temperature and feels like silk on your skin. I am yet to find water quite so beautiful and it was a heavenly place for a swim.
Local kids play in the waters and fishing boats are always slowly drifting up and down beside you. Heaven in the water! You might see a few cows walking up and down the Nungwi beach too.
Best Beach for Snorkelling – Sharks Bay, Egypt
Snorkelling in Egypt was incredible, you don’t even need to dive below the surface to see the most incredible, colourful underwater life. It is teaming only centimetres from your face. Parrotfish, Starfish, Nemofish (Clownfish), Angelfish, Snappers, so many fish!
The world beneath the ocean in Egypt is some of the most incredible in the world. If you get chance to go scuba diving, then you might be lucky enough to see Giant Sea Turtles too. I didn’t have my underwater camera with me so don’t have photos but it was one of my favourite diving experiences.
All round Best Beach – La Digue, The Seychelles
One day I might stop talking about the beaches of La Digue in The Seychelles, one day I might stop staring at my photos wishing I was there, one day I might stop mentioning La Digue in blog posts, but today I will be doing all three.
The beaches were heavenly, the waters clear, the sand white, the stones casting natural pink shadows, the people few and far between, the fruit fresh and tasty. Perfect beaches surrounded the island.
It felt like a dream being here, I only wish I hadn’t been on my own. I would love to return again one day to what has probably been the best beach I have ever visited!
Now get yourself to one or all of the best beaches in Africa. I think they more than give Asia’s beaches a run for their money, don’t you?
Happy Daydreaming all.