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South Africa, Cape Town, Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach is a beach with penguins being the only one in Cape Town, South Africa. The colony arose in 1982 only, but now it has several t… / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (89 votes)

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Zanzibar island, Nungwi beach, rocks
Nungwi - the best beach in Zanzibar. Located in the north of the island. Unlike most of other beaches in Zanzibar there is no problem … / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (1299 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Bazaruto Island, Pestana beach
Bazaruto is the largest island in Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique. There are many excellent beaches and sand dunes, you can walk, rid… / read more » /
Rating: 8.8 (556 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Quirimbas, Matemo island, hotel beach
Matemo is an island with the best beaches in the archipelago of Quirimbas in Mozambique. The island is large enough with a variety of … / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (111 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madagascar, Nosy Be beach, Andilana Resort, aerial view
Nosy Be - the most popular tourist island in the Madagascar. There are very good beaches and the most developed tourist infrastructure … / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (287 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Bazaruto, Benguerra island, white sand
Benguerra is the second largest island in the Bazaruto archipelago. The beaches are almost perfect, but generally the same as in the nebo… / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (52 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Ushongo beach
Ushongo is an excellent beach in the north of mainland Tanzania. It is almost as beautiful as Zanzibar, while prices are much cheaper, … / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (97 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zanzibar island, Kendwa beach, locals
Kendwa - one of the best beaches in Zanzibar island. This popular beach is beautiful and has no defects. / read more » /
Rating: 8.6 (663 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sao Tome and Principe, Principe island, Bom Bom beach, palm trees
Bom Bom - the best beach in the island of Principe in Africa. Shore belongs to the hotel of the same name. Palm trees bay form a perfec… / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (50 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Lamu island, Shela fort
Lamu is an old town in Kenya featured in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has iconic attractions, as well as the beach with dunes … / read more » /
Rating: 8.5 (35 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Quirimbas, Vamizi island, beach
Vamizi is a private island in Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique. The island is large enough with many good beaches. There are also a… / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (85 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madagascar, Ile Sainte Marie beach, white sand
Ile Sainte Marie is the second popular beach destination in Madagascar. It is also good here as in Nosy Be, but without crowds. However, keep in… / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (116 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Kigamboni beach, tiki huts
Kigamboni is a popular beach in the southern suburbs of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In reality, it is a long coastline including areas of Ma… / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (172 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Mombasa, Shanzu beach
Shanzu is one of the best beaches in Mombasa, Kenya. As everywhere around, there is a problem of strong low tide, but sea bottom is sa… / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (56 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angola, Luanda, Mussulo beach
Mussulo is a popular beach near Luanda, Angola. This is a barrier island (in fact a peninsula 30 km long) with diverse and beautiful co… / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (11 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morocco, Dakhla beach
Dakhla is an iconic kite beach in the Western Sahara - de facto the south of Morocco. It's not as comfortable as similar Sotavento bea… / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (164 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Quirimbas, Medjumbe island, boat
Medjumbe is a a small private island in Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique. As for the advantages we may note long sandspit stretching … / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (48 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angola, Sangano beach
Sangano is an excellent beach not far away from Luanda, Angola. It is usually not so crowded in comparison with more popular Cabo Ledo … / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (2 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comoros, Grande Comore (Ngazidja), Mitsamiouli beach
Mitsamiouli - is the best beach in Grand Comore island. In fact, it is rather a group of small bays, which makes it possible to find a secl… / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (93 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angola, Benguela, Baia Azul beach
Baia Azul is a good beach in the suburbs of Benguela, Angola. In fact, this is just a south (and more quiet) of the urban beach of Morena… / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (4 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Diani Beach
Diani Beach is a popular beach to the south of Mombasa in Kenya. The beach is very long and rather heterogeneous. While there are palms and… / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (227 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Kilifi, Bofa beach, aerial
Kilifi is an excellent beach in Kenya, located far away from the crowds. Kilifi creek offers many places for a secluded beach holiday.… / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (19 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Manda Bay Resort, beach
Manda is an island near Lamu in Kenya. For most tourists this is just a place where Lamu airport is located. However, there are good … / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (51 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zanzibar island, Paje beach, white sand
Paje - beach in Zanzibar island. As everywhere in the east coast beach is not suitable for swimming at a low tide. However this plac… / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (889 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Mbudya island
Mbudya is an island near Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The beach is beautiful with clear water and without any trash. There are a lot of … / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (111 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Mombasa, Nyali beach
Nyali is an upscale suburb of Mombasa with great beach. During the low tide sea water goes far away making the swimming impossible. B… / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (18 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Bazaruto, Magaruque island, sand
Magaruque is a small private island in the Bazaruto archipelago in Mozambique. There is a great snorkelling near the island, but beaches … / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (23 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Quirimba island, beach, children
Quirimba is an island in the archipelago of Quirimbas in Mozambique. It is inhabited by some locals, so don't expect that privacy as on … / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (26 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Watamu beach
Watamu is a popular beach resort area in Kenya. This is an extremely diverse place. There is Mida Creek, a lot of bays, sandbanks, roc… / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (17 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angola, Lobito, Restinga beach
Restinga is a resort area to the north of Lobito being a large port town in Angola. This is a peninsula with great beaches and many tour… / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (8 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sao Tome and Principe, Principe island, Banana beach, clear water
Banana - a secluded beach in the north of african island of Principe, located in a small cozy bay. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (123 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mnemba island, aerial view
Mnemba is a small private island near the coast of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Despite of some rewards, the beach is rather mediocre, even b… / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (625 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congo (DR), Muanda beach
Muanda (Moanda) is the only ocean beach in Congo (former Zair). It is quite safe here, - unlike dangerous east side of this large coun… / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (3 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Coco beach
Coco beach (Oyster Bay) is the central beach in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Sea water is dirty, and it becomes very shallow during the low ti… / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (55 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Mambrui beach, Angel's Bay Resort
Mambrui is a beach in Kenya, famous as a great spot for kitesurfing. There are also a lot of sand dunes, which can be rarely met in the… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (21 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Takaungu beach
Takaungu is a coastal village in Kenya. The ocean beach is rather typical for this region - with white sand and shallow water during the… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (15 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angola, Cabinda beach
Cabinda is the northern exclave of Angola notable for its offshore oil platforms, thus being the wealthiest region in the country (thou… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1 vote)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mozambique, Quirimbas, Metundo island, beach, palms
Metundo is a private island in the Quirimbas archipelago in Mozambique. The island is wild even by the standards of Quirimbas. The bay … / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (114 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comoros, Moheli, Moheli Laka Lodge beach
Moheli Laka Lodge - is a hotel beach in the Comoros island of Moheli. The beach is a 300 meter long crescent in a protected bay. It is situated i… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (77 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Africa, Hermanus beach, whale watching
Hermanus is a town being the best place in South Africa to view whales right from the coast. You will get more opportunities, if take on… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (16 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Kiwayu island, beach
Kiwayu is a paradise island in Kenya located not far from the border with Somalia. So it is completely secluded with beautiful beaches… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (17 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Bongoyo isl, beach
Bongoyo is an island in the central Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Tourists are dropped off on a sandspit in the west end of the island. Ther… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (37 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zanzibar island, Kiwengwa beach
Kiwengwa - beach in Zanzibar. Though there is a problem of strong low tide in some parts of shore, it is one of the best beaches in the … / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1247 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Namibia, Swakopmund beach, breakwater
Swakopmund is a popular beach resort town in the middle of Atlantic coast, Namibia. It features the old German buildings, thus attracting … / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (14 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Malindi beach, palms
Malindi is an an important tourist center on the ocean coast of Kenya. It is considered to be the most Europeanized region in the count… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (33 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Kikambala beach
Kikambala is a beach in the northern suburbs of Mombasa, Kenya. As it's located far from the city, there are just a few hotels, and limit… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (19 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Mtwara, Msangamkuu beach
Mtwara is a small town, remarkable only due to its location in the south of Tanzania. City beach (called Shangani beach) is rather med… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (66 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kenya, Mombasa, Bamburi beach
Bamburi is the only public beach in Mombasa, Kenya. To be honest, it has different segments with Jomo Kenyatta Public beach being the o… / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (103 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morocco, Legzira beach, arch
Legzira is a beach in the south of Morocco famous with five arches of rocks. Only the first two arches are widely known, while it is ha… / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (359 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Mbezi beach
Mbezi are the northern suburbs of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. There are some good beaches, but the whole coast is rather diversified. … / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (49 votes)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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zanzibar:
Jambiani beach should be added to your list. It is even better than Nungwi.

morocco:
I highly recommend travel to Morocco by your own car. Ferry from Spain is not expensive (the best i…

egypt:
Now Egypt doesn't get many tourists. So the good news are that Pyramids of Giza (Cairo) have no man…

south-africa:
Maybe Babylon Bar... Plus Johannesburg City Sightseeing Bus. Weekends are better, as there are no t…

dakhla:
As for me, there's nothing to do in the Western Sahara except for kitesurfing in Dakhla. But I woul…

tunisia:
Tunisia is not quite the safe country. But many travellers reported, that everything was fine.

ile-sainte-marie:
There are some food shops in Sainte Marie. I've never heard about shark attacks in the island. Sea …

eritrea:
Some hints for Eritrea: 1. You need to obtain permit to wherever you go. 2. US dollars are better t…

cape-town:
Cape Town is more preferable for safety. It also has whales. But on the other hand Johannesburg has…

kenya:
Mobile internet in Kenya. Safaricom fares: 1 Gb = 5$, 3 Gb = 10$, 7.5 Gb = 20$, 12 Gb = 30$. Settin…

moheli-laka-lodge:
Hi, Philp! Could you please add here some photos of the beach?

madagascar:
I've traveled around Madagascar by bicycle. The main mistake is that I was alone. You always need a…

tanzania:
Zanzibar beaches are much better than in Mombasa. But service is much better in Mombasa, and there'…

cape-verde:
The best beaches are in Cape Verde. Also for me Cape Verde is more like Europe than Africa. In Gamb…
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