Laid-back island holidays in AfricaAugust 21, 2018
Imagine yourself stranded on an island for a handful of nights with all the amenities needed for an indulgent and peaceful retreat. Sound like the perfect escape from a busy life? Then read on.
Africa has several archipelagos that are decked out for discerning travellers looking to kick-off their shoes and play in the Indian Ocean, whilst enjoying luxury furnishings, quality service and a choice of different kinds of activities.
These island holiday destinations will dazzle you with their stunning blue waters, soft sandy beaches, diverse wildlife and friendly local people.
Zanzibar is brimming with rich culture and heritage that permeates the architecture and conversations heard in the streets of Stone Town, which is the country’s main economic hub. Mingle with the local shop owners selling exotic seasonal fruits, colourful spices, exquisite fabrics and handmade jewelry.
This little slice of paradise has some of the very best in luxury island resorts. In Zanzibar and it’s neighbouring islands, Pemba and Mnemba, hospitality is taken seriously, and you’ll never tire of the broad smiles that greet you everywhere you go. You’ll get to experience local cuisine with a strong focus on seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean as well as other ingredients found nearby on the island.
Best time to visit: Sunny island life on Zanzibar is best enjoyed between June and February when the monsoon rains have already passed over the land.
A 115-island archipelago, Seychelles is well-known for its diverse fauna and flora both in the water and on land. The St Anne National Park is made up of six of these islands and boasts impressive coral reefs and nature reserves. Make a trip to the breeding site of the green and hawksbill turtles as well as to the giant Aldabra tortoise.
The warm Indian Ocean is home to pods of bottlenose dolphins, which you’re likely to encounter when involved in a water activity or even on land. Any of the islands in the Seychelles are perfect for sailing, snorkelling, fishing, and diving. Or, if you’d prefer to simply read a book on the powdery white sand and take dips in the calm sea, Seychelles is for you too.
Best time to visit: Good weather is usually experienced all year round, although some months may be better than others for certain water activities.
The Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique is internationally recognised as one of the top 10 sailing hotspots in Africa. Watch out for the bottlenose dolphins, whales, and even the endangered dugong when you go snorkelling, diving, deep sea fishing and even kayaking during a beach holiday at Vamizi or Quilalea Island.
On Vamizi Island, you stand a chance of witnessing baby green turtles hatching and making their way down to the sea. You can kayak through the mangrove forests and dive amongst the healthy array of reef fish as they weave between the vibrant coral. Visit Quilalea Island to marvel at the giant baobabs that tower above as well as the numerous migratory bird species.
Best time to visit: Anytime between May and November offers great weather for a retreat to this oasis of sun, sand, and sea.
If you’re in need of a little bit of rest and relaxation, an island getaway off the eastern coast of Africa might just be what you need. Chat to us about what you want your beach holiday itinerary to look like.
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