20 Best Beaches in Africa

by | Africa

Apr 26, 2022

A trip to a beach in Africa should be on the to-do list of anyone fascinated by travels and holidays. You come face to face with the beauty of Africa, the warm sun caressing your skin, the aesthetic landscape warming your heart. The best beaches in Africa pushed the boundaries of nature so much that you’d find them irresistible.

Whether you are on a romantic getaway, to burn steam, or on an adventure, or you are someone who loves nature or perhaps a novice who just wants to get a taste of beaches, we’ve rounded up beautiful beaches in the African continent, you will love. Each of these beaches delivers a heady dose of nostalgia and will make you enjoy your vacation the more.

Here are some of the 20 best beaches in Africa you want to check out: 

1. Tafo, Mozambique

Tafo, Mozambique - Beaches in Africa

This wonder of a beach, sitting in the heart of Mozambique, stretches eight kilometers and is reputable for its clear water.

Tafo beach welcomes lots of visitors every year. Some come to spend the holidays having picnics with family; others come to just sit in solitude and stare at the water. Others just come to swim, dive, and maybe even shore. 

Whatever it is you are after, even a boat trip, Tafo beach in Mozambique should be your pick.

2. Wamatu Beach, Kenya

Wamatu Beach in East Africa is a fine beach that features white sand surrounding a bluish body of water. This turquoise water is one of the fascinating sights ever. From the shore, staring at it brings calm, especially during warm evenings when the sun has begun to recline into the horizon. 

Wamatu Beach makes up part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park. So, visiting here is a two-fold experience. You get to tour around the park, then relapse to an amazing beach experience with your friends and family. 

Read: 20 Best Places to Visit in West Africa

3. Nungwi, Tanzania

Zanzibar, Tanzania, is known to have many beaches, all of which are beautiful. But Nungwi no doubt takes its place as one of the best beaches in this region. 

You will find this beach north of Zanzibar, a calm landscape that has, over the years, become one heaven of a favored holiday destination. 

When you visit Nungwi beach in Africa, you are signing up for good food, a good walk across the sand, and a chance to take some of the best pictures ever. 

4. Chitimba, Malawi

Chitimba is bordered by one of the biggest lakes in Africa, and so is Inland Beach. Chitimba beach is surrounded by hills, some vegetation, and trees. So you can already guess what the sight is going to look like. Nothing short of stunning!

A visit to Chitimba overs you a chance to walk a stretch of sand, staring at the water and at the boats that line the shore. You can take a boat trip with one of the locals if you are up for that. 

5. Belle Mare, Mauritius

A holiday in Mauritius is most likely going to be one you never forget. Visit Belle Mare when all you want to do is relax into nature’s cozy arms. The fine white sand of the shore is a marvel to look at, and so is the bluish white water—especially when the sun is just starting to rise. 

The water of Belle Mare is not so deep, which means you can swim if you want to. 

6. Ifaty, Madagascar

When the sun rises and gets too warm, the palm trees of Ifaty Beach, Madagascar, will offer you the shade you need as you sit on fine white sand to watch the calm water. 

A couple of times, a boat or two passes by. You also get to see the houses of the locals and have a taste of their meal. 

7. Skeleton Coast, Namibia

The skeleton coast can comfortably compete as the most beautiful beach in Africa.

This beach sits between Swakop and Kunene. Often, fog covers this beach like a blanket. This is due to the cold air that moves over the Atlantic Ocean. When the cold air meets the hotter air over the Namib Desert, a fog forms. 

When you visit this beach, you are going to see a lot of animal life. You will find seals, birds, etc. A trip around the shoreline of the skeleton coast is recommended. 

8. River No. 2 Beach, Sierra Leone

River No.2 Beach sits in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Free Town. The beach features a shore of white sand lined by green vegetation. 

Visiting this beach offers you an exquisite experience. Interacting with the friendly locals and eating a variety of meals is definitely a yes. 

You can run along the beach, too, and if up to the task, take a boat trip to a nearby waterfall. 

9. Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles

9. Anse Source D'Argent, Seychelles.

Anse Source d’Argent Beach is also called Côte d’Or and in the south-west of La Digue, Seychelles.

Anse Source d’Argent Beach is a beach flooding with fine white sand and clear turquoise water. This beach is amongst the most visited beaches in Africa and is your go-to beach if you want a luxurious holiday. 

After an evening spent in the sun staring at the water, you can walk into some of the finest hotels in the area and have a taste of some tasty seafood.

10. Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

This can be considered one of Egypt’s most recommended holiday destinations. The sun isn’t fierce here. 

When you visit Sharm el-Sheikh, you get a chance to swim, surf, and even dive. This beach in the south of the Sinai Peninsula is considered one of the best beaches in Egypt.

11. Loango, Gabon

This beach is a national park and is located on the west coast of Gabon. Visiting here is a two-fold experience. You get to walk past while having the beach experience!

The Loango National park is going to offer you the chance to see hippos, elephants, whales, dolphins, etc. You can also see turtles, but this is most probably going to be when you visit between October and February. 

12. Cap Skirring, Senegal

Find this beach in Casamance, Senegal, sitting in all its glory. This beach may not be so popular yet, as not many tourists come around here, but it is nothing short of beautiful. Nothing!

Watching the sunset from here is going to warm your heart. 

13. Essaouira, Morocco

This beach is not far away from the beautiful castles that inspired Jim Hendrix’s ‘Castles Made of Sand.’ The beach features desert-like sand and a view that makes jaws drop. 

Essaouira Beach is a windy one, so you have got to be careful not to have much sand in your eyes. 

Recommended for you to move past this beach seated on a camel. You are most likely to appreciate Essaouira Beach in Africa more if you visit when the sun is just rising. 

14. Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

This is everything beautiful. Located by the shores of the Gulf of Carthage, it borers a Sidi Bou Said, a beautiful town which you most likely will lodge in when you visit Sidi Bou Said. 

The water on the beach is yellow, and the sand is white. After a walk around the beach, move back into your hotel, from whence you can still have a good view of the water and cool off. 

15. Bazaruto, Mozambique

Best Beaches in Africa

This is a tropical island beach in Mozambique and definitely one of the most beautiful in the country. Visit here if what you want to do is spend time basking in the sun, watching the calm turquoise water. 

The waters of this beach empty into the Indian Ocean. 

16. Coffee Bay, South Africa

Beach in South Africa
Vincentvanoosten on Pixabay.

You will find a coffee bay on the Wild Coast of South Africa, surrounded by hills and cliffs swathed in small vegetation. Visit here if you love the sound of water slapping across cliffs. 

At Coffee Bay, you are allowed to walk the shore for as long as you want. You are also allowed to surf. Bond with your friends and family as you sit on the brown sand for a beautiful picnic. 

Read: Interesting Facts About South Africa

17. Beyin Beach, Ghana

When you visit Ghana, be sure to stop by Beyin Beach, the most beautiful beach in the country. Beyin Beach is flanked by tall trees and vegetation. It stretches a couple of kilometers, and you are welcome to sit and watch the locals fish.

In your lodge, ask to be served the savory stew made from fish and spices.

Read: Interesting Facts About Ghana

18. La Campagne Tropicana Beach, Nigeria

This beautiful beach sits in one of the most beautiful cities in one of Nigeria’s most beautiful States. 

Find La Campagne Beach in Lekki, Lagos State. From here, you get the most beautiful view of the turquoise water that drains into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sit on the fine sand and have the most amazing conversations with your friends and family. Walk the beach for as long as you can, feeling the warmth of the sand under your feet as the sun smiles down.

Read: 10 States With The Most Beautiful Women In Nigeria

Petite Anse, Mahé, Seychelles

Beautiful beach in Seychelles
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Seychelles is an island country, and so one can already predict that it is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the African continent. 

Petite Anse, Mahé is a white sand beach bordering beautiful turquoise water. It also has a good rating on Trip Advisor.

The hotels around here are exquisite, and you are sure to have the time of your life cooling off in them after some time spent in the sun. Be sure to make a lot of memories with your friends and family.

20. Muyuni Beach, Tanzania

Muyuni Beach adjourns Mnemba Island and is one incredible place to see. Visiting here gives you a two-fold experience: an experience of the Island and an experience of the beach itself.

Go here with your family and have fun watching the water and interacting with new people. 

By Lonely Africa Editors

The Lonely Africa Team covers everything about Africa. Our team of experts provides in-depth analysis that helps you understand complex topics on the African continent.

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