By Anwynn Louw – Digital Marketing Assistant
East Africa is full of surprises. You might think it’s just about safaris and wildlife, but Kenya and Tanzania coastlines offer blissful beach escapes. Whether it’s a wild coastal adventure you are seeking, a family holiday or romantic getaway, we have a few beach destinations that are an absolute must visit!
Zanzibar is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago of Zanzibar and is one of the best-known islands in Africa.
Situated north-east of Zanzibar, Pemba is one of the lesser-known islands, home to small fishing villages, historic ruins and unspoiled and picturesque coastline. With water temperatures between 77°F and 84°F (25 – 28°C) and incredible visibility between 66 and 131 feet (20 – 40 meters), it’s clear why Pemba is ranked amongst some of the best dive sites in the world.
Other activities include day excursions to mangrove forests where you can enjoy a variety of water sports, sunset cruises on a dhow, a traditional kayak, or rejuvenating spa treatments, the island is an excellent choice for a private and exclusive romantic break.
A fusion of tropical paradise and historical charm, Matemwe is the largest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago and this island getaway is a perfect escape for families or groups looking for a private slice of Zanzibar’s stunning coastline. Things to do in Matemwe range from cultural to adventuresome water activities for all ages.
If you are a lover of all things history and architecture, then put on your most comfortable walking shoes and wander the streets of Stone Town. The town has a rich history and you will be fascinated by the variety of architectural styles. The fascinating Spice Tour will introduce you to the exotic spices and fruits as you explore one of the many plantations of the island. Be sure to have a traditional Swahili lunch at the farm.
If rest and recuperation are what you need, a spa treatment or yoga session can always be arranged. For more activities available at Matemewe have a look here.
There is a lot more to Kenya than just hooves, claws and the rolling plains of the Masai Mara. Kenya’s coastline stretches over 333 miles (536 kilometres) and offers postcard-perfect sandy white beaches. This idyllic location is home to world-class accommodation with entertainment and facilities catering to a wide variety of travellers.
Malindi is located 75 miles (120 kilometres) from Mombasa. Getting to Malindi is possible via road and air. This town is known for its laid-back atmosphere, sunny weather, fresh seafood, Swahili-inspired architecture and of course pristine beaches.
Although Malindi is much smaller in comparison to Mombasa and Nairobi it offers some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and restaurants. The town is rich in history and culture and has some of the best places to visit, such as Milda Creek in Watamu. Milda Creek is a broadwater tidal stream surrounded by mangroves and lined with palms. For a tranquil experience cruise through the creek at sunset, sipping sundowners or for those who are a little bit more adventurous, opt for stand-up paddling (SUP). The central broadwater is perfect for wakeboarding and skiing.
Malindi is well known for its lively nightlife. You can enjoy an exciting night out at the town’s various bars and clubs, which make Malindi a perfect destination for you and your friends!
Voted the best beach in Africa, this uncrowded and vibrant piece of coast includes Tiwi and Galu Beach, Chale Island, Msambweni, Funzi Island, and Kinondo.
Accommodation in Diani beach ranges from backpacking hostels to trendy and stylish boutique properties. The island is framed by coconut palms, the beach is protected by a coral reef, creating amazing conditions for snorkelling and swimming. For a pulse pumping affair, activities such as skydiving and kitesurfing are also available. A safari trip to Shimba Hills National Reserve should not be missed!
The Tanzanian and the Kenyan coast are a melting pot of history, culture and adventure – Africa’s exotic locations on the shores of the Indian Ocean are just waiting to be explored.