Searching for Paradise? Southern Africa’s Top Beaches

When you dream of an idyllic, perfect holiday or honeymoon what do you think of? Chances are that rushing around sightseeing don’t come to mind, and nor does adventure-filled getaways. In fact, most people picture long beaches of white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters and sipping a cool cocktail as you read a book, take a dip in the ocean, or go snorkelling amongst beautiful tropical fish. You might think that this is a dream you can only fulfil in the Maldives or Caribbean, but the truth is that there are loads of amazing beaches across Southern Africa. While Mauritius and South Africa have more than their fair share of these beautiful beaches, and probably the most regular flight specials, there are also beaches worth visiting in Mozambique, Malawi and even Namibia.

Best Beaches in South Africa
South Africa has over 3000km of coastline, so it stands to reason that there should be some pretty amazing beaches. You can find these beaches almost anywhere along the coast. If you’re looking for commercial beaches, hop on an easily available flight to Cape Town and check out Noordhoek beach. The water is too cold for swimming, but the views are second to none. Kilometres of almost deserted white sand stretch out in front of you, and you have a magnificent view of Table Mountain from behind. There are plenty of other beaches in Cape Town though, so don’t limit yourself to just Noordhoek. Some other favourites include Llandudno and Camps Bay which are great for sunsets, Blouberg, for the iconic Table Mountain shot, and of course the St Tropez of Africa – Clifton beach.
Warmer beaches can be found in KwaZulu-Natal. Aside from the hotspots of Ballito and Great North beach, Uvongo beach has a great shallow lagoon for kids, and Cape Vidal has a natural tide pool and amazing views. Umhlanga Rocks is also popular with locals and tourists alike for its year-round great weather. Hluleka Beach’s is almost unheard of, with the cove being surrounded by beautifully blue waters and emerald green forest. Coffee Bay overlooks the famous Hole in the Wall landmark, and you can swim through it to look out over the Indian ocean completely alone.

Best Beaches in Mozambique
Tofo Beach is far from a secret anymore, but it retains its status as one of the best and most popular beaches in Mozambique for good reason. An easily accessible, eight-kilometre-long stretch of beach with warm, clear water is just what holidaymakers are after.
If you’re after picturesque island-style beaches, head to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Pretty much any beach here will tick all your boxes. Palm trees, hues of jade, emerald and turquoise water where you can see right to the bottom – which of course, is made up of perfectly soft golden sand. If you like diving, this is the perfect place for it.

Best beaches in Mauritius
You’d be hard pressed to find a beach that wasn’t picture perfect on the island of Mauritius, to be honest. Each part of the island has its own advantages, but the most popular beaches generally tend to be on the Western and the Northern parts. If you stay at Le Tousserok or a sister hotel, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Ilot Mangenie beach. Children will do well at Sugar Beach, as it is shallow and protected. Whether you opt for a resort stay with a private beach, to visit the public beaches in Mauritius, or even to take a drive along the coast stopping when you see fit, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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