This is for those of you that love to travel, all my people going to Africa this summer and you just love to enjoy leisure beside a water body, this post is divided in two parts… Would upload the rest next week… Tell me what you think.
Africa has a massive coastline (16,000 miles) and a load of islands, which means that the best beaches of Africa are spread over a huge area and shared among a number of countries. This also means that there is something for everyone, with every taste in the best beaches of Africa… Here’s a list below, in no particular order. Enjoy 🙂
1. ANSE SOURCE D’ARGENT, SEYCHELLES
As well as being one of the best beaches in Africa, Anse Source d’Argent in the fabulous Seychelles is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. On the island of La Digue, this absolute gem seduces you with its blinding white sand and glistening turquoise waters. Find your way to the sand through the jungle that clings to the hillside and make a path through the giant boulders. Stunning!
2. BEYIN BEACH, GHANA
If you like to watch men toil away while you kick back with a cocktail soaking up the beating sun, Beyin Beach is for you. This lovely stretch of sand that is backed by really tall palms is an important fishing beach so it’s not the place for finding a quiet place to settle with a book.
3. KARTONG BEACH, THE GAMBIA
Located in the very south of Gambia, close to the border with Senegal, Kartong is one of those best African beaches where you can be guaranteed a secluded spot. In fact, there’s more likelihood of your peace being disturbed by local cattle than other humans. If you chose Kartong, November is a great month because then it’s the Kartong Festival – an excellent showcase of West African culture.
4. WATAMU BEACH, KENYA
One of the best African beaches for wildlife lovers, Watamu is part of Kenya’s Malindi Marine Reserve Park and is an important breeding ground for hawksbill and green turtles. The offshore coral reefs are in shallow water, which makes it a great location for snorkelers as well as divers, and fans say this is the best diving location in East Africa.
5. LANGANO BEACH, ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia doesn’t have a coastline but it has some very large lakes. Unfortunately, all of them have nasty worms called bilharzia, all except Lake Langano. The beaches of Lake Langano therefore are as safe as they are picturesque and a big favorite with water sports enthusiasts. If you’re lucky you’ll catch sight of baboons, warthogs and maybe even a hippo.
6. CALABAR BEACH, NIGERIA
Most of Nigeria’s beaches are around Lagos, and while much quieter than the heaving city, if you prefer one of the more secluded African beaches then try Calabar. Only accessible by boat, you can also enjoy the experience of the scenery of the swamp you have to cross to reach it.
7. SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
Gorgeous Swakopmund is one of the best beaches in Africa for adventure seekers. There’s a large area of the coastal plain of the Namib Desert given over to purpose built low-rise resorts where there’s actually quite a Germanic feel. There’s plenty to see in the architecture of the town, but more importantly there’s a ton of things to do. Sporty types will love this place.
8. CHAVES BEACH, CAPE VERDE
Isolated and completely unspoiled, you’ll find Chaves Beach on Boa Vista, one of the Cape Verde Islands. Interestingly, this is one of the few island groups that were uninhabited until they were discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, surprising given that the archipelago is only 350 miles off the west coast of Africa. Chaves is the epitome of a tropical island beach where soft sand dunes fall away to meet the crystal clear ocean.
9. DAKHLA BEACH, WESTERN SAHARA
Dakhla is one of the best beaches in Africa for wind sports and is hugely popular with kitesurfers especially. This is a place where the mighty Sahara Desert meets the sea, so you get a wonderful mix of tall shifting dunes and flat sweeps of sand, as well as the deliciously clear waters of the Atlantic on one side and a lovely calm lagoon on the other.
10. CAP SKIRRING, SENEGAL
Almost, but not quite, on the very tip of West Africa, Cap Skirring is also not too far from the border between Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. It is a charming wide flat beach in a bay, and naturally, it is fringed by those swaying palms and sand dunes. There are some hotels but it’s not very well developed and if you want to get even further away from it all, it’s a short taxi ride to the white sands of Boucotte Beach. The Casamance region of Senegal is beautiful and if you fancy your hand at some African drumming, check out the villages of Kafountine and Abéné.
See y’all next week with the rest 😉