Africa's Top 100+ Beaches

  • Sandy Bay // South Africa

    Sandy Bay
    © Gary Bembridge / CC BY

    One of Cape Town's most inacessible beaches it is not entirely surprising that Sandy Bay is also Cape Town's only recognised naturist beach (although it is still unofficial). The beach is located just around the corner from upmarket Llandudno at the base of the rugged peaks of the Twelve Apostles mountains.

    Like neighbouring Llandudno, Sandy Bay is a pretty stretch… read more »

  • Umhlanga // South Africa


    Set on KwaZulu-Natal's Sugar Coast, just north of Durban is the buzzing resort town of Umhlanga. With the golden sand of the beach meeting the warm waters of the Indian Ocean it is little wonder the beachfront here has become home to a number of luxury hotels and apartments. Some of these actually predate the resort; the Oyster Box, a… read more »

  • Seaforth Beach // South Africa

    Seaforth Beach
    © Kostas Limitsios / CC BY

    Though narrow, at 600 metres long Seaforth Beach in the Simons Town suburb of Cape Town has one spectacular surprise for the unprepared – penguins. Best witnessed in the early morning just after sunrise and in the early evening at sunset, African penguins waddle happily along the sands of Seaforth Beach from their better-known colony at nearby Boulders Beach.

    However,… read more »

  • St James Beach // South Africa

    St James Beach
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    The Cape Town suburb of St James is located on the western side of False Bay, at the base of the Cape Peninsula. The name relates to the Roman Catholic churhc of St James which was built here in the 19th century for the Filipino fishermen who worked from adjoining Kalk Bay. With the coming of the railway the area… read more »

  • Anse Forbans // Seychelles

    Anse Forbans
    Marco Zanferrari

    Anse Forbans is located on the quieter southeast coast of Mahe. It is a wide bay with shallow, clear, calm waters that form a lagoon between the coral reef off the shore. The oversized granite boulders on the shore make this beach feel secluded and private, and it is generally safe for swimming.

    You can snorkel in the pristine turquoise waters… read more »

  • Milnerton Beach // South Africa

    Milnerton Beach
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    You can find Milnerton Beach around 11 kilometres or 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town in the area known as Blaauwberg. While drawing visitors from right across the region as a result of its fantastic views of Table Mountain, its delightful white sands actually remain something of an open secret.

    Patrolled by lifeguards during the peak December season, the… read more »

  • Pointe aux Sables // Mauritius

    Pointe aux Sables

    Pointe aux Sables Beach is located on the north-western side of Mauritius. It sits beside the fishing village of the same name, and is dotted with local fishing boats in and out of the warm Indian Ocean waters as a result.

    Pointe aux Sables Beach has yellow sand, rather than the white coral sand of much of the island’s coast, though… read more »

  • Zinkwazi Beach // South Africa

    Zinkwazi Beach
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    Along the Dolphin Coast is the little resort town of Zinkwazi. The protected beach here is an beautiful stretch of golden sand surrounded by incredible indigenous forests with tropical palms. The bathing waters are protected by shark nets and lifeguards are here during the holiday season, which makes it safe for swimming. Beyond the dunes, at the rear of the… read more »

  • South Beach // South Africa

    South Beach
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    Situated on Durban's famed "Golden Mile", South Beach sits to the south of the city centre about halfway between the surfing mecca of North Beach and Ushaka. As with other beaches in Durban South Beach has golden sands and warm blue waters that are a magnet to beachgoers, swimmers, and surfers alike. The beach is protected by shark… read more »

  • Santos Beach // South Africa

    Santos Beach
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    Santos Beach is located in Mossel Bay, around 100 miles east of Cape Town. It is one of the most popular spots on the south coast for locals and holiday travelers alike. Besides hanging out on the beach there plenty of activities to enjoy, from checking out the harbour, dolphin and whale watching, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing.

    The golden sands… read more »

  • Salt Rock Beach // South Africa

    Salt Rock Beach
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    Situated on the soft sands and warm waters of KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast, part of South Africa's Indian Ocean coastline, Salt Rock Beach is the main beach in a town of the same name. It's just 20 minutes' drive from Durban's King Shaka International Airport.

    Both wide and long, this family-friendly beach is suitable for swimming, as well as past times… read more »

  • Wilderness Beach // South Africa

    Wilderness Beach
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    Wide, wild, and unspoilt, Wilderness Beach has pet-friendly sands coloured a rich golden hue which continue on for more than a kilometre in length.

    Located along the Garden Route coast of South Africa's Western Cape province, the beach is backed onto by vegetation-clad dunes topped with homes looking out across the ocean blue.

    A short distance from the city of George, it… read more »

  • Lookout Beach // South Africa

    Lookout Beach
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    Situated just a kilometre from the centre of Plettenberg Bay on South Africa's much lauded Garden Route, Lookout Beach is a great all-round beach that meets the needs of even the most diverse of holidaying groups.

    The pristine sands of Lookout Beach are wide enough to provide space between groups most of the year, although it can get crowded in peak… read more »

  • Keurboomstrand // South Africa

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    Keurboomstrand is located near the beach town of Plettenberg Bay on South Africa's Western Cape. It is a wide pristine stretch of golden sand along the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and the views of the mountains beyond, thick with trees, are spectacular. This beach gets its name from the native Keurboom Tree, which blooms with pinkish mauve… read more »

  • Humewood Beach // South Africa

    Humewood Beach
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    Situated near Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape, Humewood Beach is South Africa's longest standing Blue Flag Beach, which means that it is safe, clean, and environmentally responsible. Lifeguards are on duty here so you can safely swim, snorkel and enjoy other activities in the calm, warm blue waters from November through to April.

    This beach is family-friendly with its wide stretch… read more »