There is something exquisitely alluring about a coastal travel destination. Perhaps it's the sense of calm induced by the gently lapping waves of an oceanic destination. Or the moderate temperatures and natural beauty that encourages us to get out and get moving every morning. Regardless of the inspiration, Africa is one of the fastest growing locations for coast loving travelers. Here are several top picks for an unforgettable coastal expedition in Africa.
Sunset in Seychelles
Located in an Indian Ocean archipelago, there are few locations on Earth that are more idyllic, picturesque, and breathtaking as Seychelles. Unwind on the white sand beach at Anse Lazio, dine on succulent, fresh-caught seafood on La Digue, and discover the capital city of Victoria on Mahe Island, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including a prehistoric rainforest of massive coco de mer trees. Seychelles is authentic, luxurious, and absolutely unforgettable.
Baobab trees at sunset at the avenue of the baobabs in Madagascar
Create lasting memories and discover one of the most unique and exotic lands on Earth in the island of Madagascar. Whisk yourself away from the contemporary hustle of the modern world. Tour the national parks with an experienced guide who can point out all of the unique flora and fauna that are indigenous to the area. Then, trek to crater lakes, waterfalls, and otherworldly rock formations that have been carved over centuries by the rain and wind. This magnificent island is a treasure that must be enjoyed firsthand to be appreciated.
Chapman's peak drive, near Cape Town, is a must for all motorists and cyclists in the world
Yes, South Africa isn't an island, but with over 1,700 miles of coastline and nearby islands to explore, it might as well be. Located at the southern tip of the African continent, South Africa is a wildly popular travel destination in Africa because it offers such a diverse array of things to do. Dive with the sharks, scale the heights of Table Mountain, stroll through world-class vineyards, or view buffalo, giraffes, elephants, and more on a game drive or walk.
Aerial view of Le Morne Brabant mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
This tropical paradise offers something for everyone, with a vibrant local marketplace that beckons bargain hunters and treasure seekers, alike, quiet beach activities at Trou-aux-Biches, and deep sea fishing at Riviere Noire. Charming Port Louis delivers colonial architecture and is the perfect home base for a tour of this incredible island. From snorkeling the crystal clear waters to trekking through a sugarcane field, Mauritius is the definition of paradise.
When thinking of African coastal travel plans, let Cox & Kings help you decide. With more than 250 years in continuous operation, our immersive travel itineraries are designed to deliver unique experiences for those of all ages and interests. For more information, contact our Destination Specialist, for Africa.