Any time of year is the perfect time to plan your warm weather safari, and beach getaway. Besides offering incredible safaris, both Kenya and Tanzania are home to some of the best beaches in East Africa, if not the world.
Imagine going on safari to world-famous wildlife parks like the Masai Mara, Serengeti, or the great Ngorongoro Crater with all their big cats, elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and buffalo… and then finishing your holiday at an unspoiled, untouristed golden beach.
Arriving at the sands of your dreamy coastal haven you’ll wash the “safari dust” off at the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean with memories and photos of your safari adventure.
Two striking beach areas you’ll want to consider are Kenya’s Diani Beach, a pristine strand of perfection not far from Mombasa.
But then there’s also the south coast beaches of Tanzania’s magnificent island of Zanzibar. Let’s check them both out.
Diani – Voted the Best
You’re certain to find your own slice of paradise on these uncrowded sands, nestled next to gentle, shallow waters. Voted three times Africa’s finest beach, Diani is bordered by lush vegetation and accented with swaying palms.
The clear waters will invite exploration of the shoreline’s coral reefs where you’ll discover starfish, sea cucumber, lionfish, crabs, and gently gliding sea turtles.
If you’re serious about underwater exploration, or just want to hang with the sea life, try SCUBA diving. Want to add still more action to your beach experience? Diani offers kite surfing, jet skiing… even skydiving.
An International Scene
As easy as you’ll find the daytime vibe here, the shops, restaurants, and clubs of Diani offer a sophisticated, international flavor. You’ll find beach bars, discos, and even casinos along the strand.
In Kenya, clubs can stay open all night, so at Diani Beach, you can party till the sun comes up.
Zanzibar – A True Exotic
It’s actually an island chain off the coast of Tanzania but the main island, Zanzibar, also known as Unguja, is a place of history, with memories of the spice trade, and fabulous beaches – some of the world’s finest. Laze away your day here or explore the coral gardens with their treasures of bright, iridescent marine life.
Make time for Bwejuu Beach on the southeast coast, one of the finest and known for its privacy and quiet. From here you can explore the local village or sail out to sea on an authentic dhow.
Part of coastal Zanzibar’s charm is the collection of modest fishing villages dotting the coast sprinkled between its lovely beaches. The small coves of Kizimkazi Beach are untouched and here you can set sail on an impromptu dolphin safari, swimming with them if you choose.
For a picture-perfect seaside experience, check out Paje Beach on the southeast coast. Lots of powdery white sand, tall swaying palms, and dazzling sunsets will only heighten your experience of this iconic beach.