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Island Life

Africa is blessed with countless tropical islands, turquoise waters, tropical reefs teeming with marine life and miles and miles of unspoilt, white sandy beaches. Combining some relaxing time on the beach after your African safari is simple, the tricky part is choosing which of the pristine beaches to go to.

Africa is blessed with incredible islands, beaches and turquoise waters, making it the ideal location to relax after the excitement of your safari. Mozambique is an easy destination to get to after your Southern African Safari, making the Bazaruto and Quilelea Islands the best options to sit back and relax on. Snorkeling, diving, sailing or simply relaxing – there is plenty for everyone to enjoy Mozambique’s Island life. One of our favorite experiences is a Dhow Safari through northern Mozambique, camping on uninhabited islands along the way. Food consists of locally caught seafood cooked on an open fire on the beach – pure bliss.

Moving further north, Zanzibar is the most popular and well known islands of Tanzania, although there are several smaller, more pristine options to chose from. Zanzibar certainly has it’s fair share of pristine white sandy beaches and with its Arabic influence offers guests an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of this fascinating island. These Tanzanian Islands make the perfect piece of paradise to relax on after your East African safari.

Kenya is also blessed with some incredible strips of white sand, lapped by turquoise waters. The Funzi Keys in the south make the perfect Robinson Crusoe retreat, set on its own private island. Lamu Island is further north and is similar to Zanzibar with its rich history and culture.

Madagascar is the forth largest island in the world and is home to incredible, endemic wildlife as well as some of the best beaches and islands in Africa. Ile Sainte Marie off the east coast is one of the best whale watching destinations in Africa as hundreds of humpback whales migrate south to their feeding waters in Antarctica. For those looking for the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Miavana off the far north west coast is a private island perfect for honeymooners, divers or anyone looking for the perfect private retreat. One our favorite strips of sand is on the mainland of Madagascar, in the far north east. A place called Masoala. Thick rain forest tumbles down to golden beaches and turquoise waters dotted with black volcanic rocks. The forest is home to lemurs, chameleons and colorful birds, while the water is home to turtles, sharks, whales, dolphins and so much more.

The Seychelles is one of the picture perfect beach destinations – powder white sandy beaches, palm trees leaning at just the right angle and water so blue it is almost unreal. You are also spoiled for choice with the Seychelles from private islands to larger resort style hotels. Regardless of where you stay, you are guaranteed the clear waters and white beaches the Seychelles are renowned for.

One of our “Stanley Safaris Secret Spots” is Sao Tome and Principe off the West Coast of Africa. A little trickier to get to, Sao Tome and Principe is a 2 island nation that was once a Portuguese Colony. Covered in thick forest with cone shaped volcanoes pocking through, tumble down to pristine turquoise waters and palm tree lined white sandy beaches. Whale watching, diving, hiking, culture tours, coffee tours and simply relaxing are all on the agenda for those lucky enough to make the effort to get here.

Speak to one of our Safari Specialists to ensure you get the R&R you need after your safari with us.​