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Beach holidays in Africa

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One doesn’t always have to go on safari in Africa! The coastlines of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique as well as South Africa, offer so much with the added advantage of very little time difference and good access from Europe and the United States. They also offer some of the most pristine beaches away from crowds, service which is unsurpassed and simply the most gorgeous beach holidays!

No matter how deep one’s pocket, one will always find the world’s most ‘well-heeled’ returning to these African hideaways simply to get away from western trappings; places where one can regain the qualities one appreciates in life.

Whether one is looking for understated, ‘barefoot’ luxury and bliss (or chic Robinson Crusoe living), cottages with no windows and doors, the gloriously warm Indian Ocean becoming your giant swimming pool, or a gorgeous villa which comes complete with your own private skipper and boat so you can have total flexibility each day, or even a luxury boutique hotel, we can arrange the most fabulous holidays ever for you! Whether a couple seeking privacy or a family looking for an adrenaline-filled holiday, we have the widest – and highest quality – selection available.

The days are spent walking on the beach, reading on your Arab daybeds or in hammocks, overlooking the ocean, searching for shells, perhaps deep sea fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, kite-surfing, wakeboarding, water-skiing, scuba diving or swimming with dolphins and turtles in a completely uncontrived environment and often, at places where there are very few guests. There is nothing remotely basic here except one’s tendencies to revert to nature! The food tends to be sublime, always a fresh catch of the day – lobster, crab or the most magnificent fish.

Highlights of the African coast

  • Small, luxury boutique properties, often set in remote, beautiful locations for holidays in Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe or South Africa. Gorgeous beaches one frequently has to oneself.
  • Choose from an array of chic, Robinson Crusoe hideaways – the best of simple living without forgoing any of life’s luxuries, or cottages made from local materials – giving an authentic and unique feel to tree-houses and beautiful lodges.
  • Beautiful, luxury private villas for families and couples.
  • Beautiful food, fresh catch of the day – lobster, crab or the most magnificent fish, home-made pastas and ice cream! Olive oil, wine and cheese flown in from Italy.
  • Impeccable, warm and friendly staff – the essence of Africa.
  • Sail on Arab dhows, spending a night on board, transferring from one island to another or dive and snorkel from the dhow.
  • 5-day dhow safaris on the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique – perfect for families again.
  • Fantastic deep sea fishing and fly-fishing.
  • Snorkelling with dolphins.
  • Snorkelling amongst green turtles.
  • Watching loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest and hatch, along with scientists.
  • Catamaran sailing in Tanzania and Madagascar, sleeping on-board your boat.
  • Going out with scientists while on holiday in Madagascar with hydrophones to listen to humpback whales.
  • Scuba diving from the top dive spots in the world with unbleached coral.
  • Whale sharks coming into the bay in Madagascar.

For further inspiration for beach holidays, look at Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Réunion, and São Tomé and Príncipe!

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