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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 (186 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 (1485 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 (650 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 (137 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 (440 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 (68 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 (128 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 (772 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 (64 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 (68 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 (101 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 (137 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 (251 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 (54 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 (68 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 (81 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 (209 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 (15 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 (356 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 (80 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 (1141 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 (116 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 (139 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 (46 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 (41 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: 8.1 (38 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 (903 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 (91 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: 8.1 (42 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: 8.1 (25 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 (38 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 (36 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: 8.1 (25 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 (20 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 (149 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: 8.0 (19 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 (82 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 (84 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 (1511 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 (38 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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