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6 Amazing African Bush and Beach Vacations

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View of East beach at North Island Seychelles

Aerial view over East Beach. Photo courtesy of North Island, Seychelles

The thrill of an African safari is perfectly complemented by the relaxing escape of a beach break, presenting the ideal combination vacation of “beach and bush.” The excitement of game viewing and lodge-hopping can give one a sense of being busy, taking in sights and sounds and experiences somewhat unique and unprecedented. Unwinding on a white sandy beach or remote seaside location after a safari or even before, offers the opportunity to either reflect on the safari delight just experienced or provide the time and space to prepare for the adventure ahead. Two aspects of a destination’s highlights, two incredible and unforgettable journeys.

1. Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit and Zanzibar

Sunset on the beach in Zanzibar

Sunset on the beach in Zanzibar

The ultimate beach and bush combination comes to life by creating a Northern safari circuit in Tanzania and a beach escape in Zanzibar. On Best of Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Beach you can visit four of Tanzania’s top safari parks. Each will offer a unique perspective on game viewing with enough time to truly experience wildlife at its best.

Marvel at the Ngorongoro Crater, be captivated by the whoosh of pink from the flamingos on Lake Manyara, and stare for miles across the savannas of the Serengeti. Be whisked away as you step onto Zanzibar’s glorious beaches and indulge in a few days of peaceful bliss at a property that sits perfectly positioned on Tanzania’s east coastline.

Length: 13 Days

Places Visited:  Zanzibar, Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Paje Beach in Zanzibar

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:  This itinerary offers the best of both worlds - a wildlife bush adventure combined with an idyllic beach getaway. Various safari parks are covered, and the perfect amount of relaxing time is positioned at the end.

2. Kenya and Mombasa

Portrait of a Maasai warrior at Diani beach in Kenya

Portrait of a Maasai warrior at Diani beach in Kenya

Magical Kenya begs to be explored with a classic safari experience in the Maasai Mara complimented with time to unwind in Kenya’s oldest city, Mombasa. Best of Bush Safari and Beach Getaway: Masai Mara, Mombasa, Malindi offers the chance to experience one of Africa’s timeless and popular game reserves, teeming with wildlife and scenery that captures the soul.

The vast savanna offers a wilderness expanse where herds to a solo hero stand proudly turn into rocky outcrops and forests. Meet the Maasai people and learn about their culture through the many stories they love to share. Round your journey off by exploring Kenya’s blue and white city set on the east coast, taking in its history, and then taking time out at a popular beach resort.

Length:  14 Days

Places Visited:  Nairobi, Masai Mara National Reserve, Mombassa

Why we recommend this sample itinerary: This itinerary offers a classic safari and beach experience, focused on a full exploration of one main reserve and ending with a short connection to a beach stay within the same country, requiring only one visa for the entire journey.

3. South Africa and the Seychelles

Couple walking on the beach at North Island Seychlles

Photo courtesy North Island Seychlles

This fine combination found in South Africa and Seychelles Honeymoon: African Journey to Cherish offers a four-part luxury experience. With an introduction to one of the most incredible coastal cities in the world and nearby wine country followed by a Big Five safari experience in a top private game reserve, this sample trip rounds off with the ultimate in a luxury beach getaway.

Cape Town is spectacular and offers views, culture, and cuisine that entice, while the quaint town of Franschhoek sits quietly amongst some of South Africa’s popular wine farms. The Sabi Sands is home to some of the finest safari guides and exceptional game viewing. Head to North Island for some relaxation on the fine, white sandy beaches that the Seychelles are known for.

Length: 13 Days

Places Visited:  Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, North Island in Seychelles

Why we recommend this sample itinerary: This could be called the ultimate Southern Africa luxury escape with a taste of the highlights each destination has to offer. Connected with ease and style, this sample trip ensures that every sense is touched during your experience.

4. Botswana and Mozambique

Zebras in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Zebras in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

For a study of bush and beach, the Botswana Safari and Beach Island Paradise for Couples has it all. Begin with the dramatically beautiful country of Botswana. With waterways, salt pans, and sandy bushlands, you can enjoy a fantastic array of wildlife experiences. Take a mokoro, a dugout canoe, in the Okavango Delta, and marvel at the expanse of the dry Kalahari and captivating salt pans. The safari circuit is vast, and experiencing game from both boat and open-vehicle is enriching for every traveler.

Move next to the shores of Mozambique that teem with fishers and sunbathers alike, while the outer islands draw visitors from far and wide to rest a while. Some ships choose the Mozambican Islands as their day excursion havens, while others are so remote, so just getting there is an adventure unto itself.

Length: 14 Days

Places Visited:  Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique

Why we recommend this sample itinerary:  Enjoy these two vastly different countries and experiences, both with a focus on water activities and tranquil surroundings. Their location to each other creates the perfect combo circuit for adventure and leisure seekers.

5. Zambia and Malawi

Canoeing Lake Malawi at sunset

Canoeing Lake Malawi at sunset

For travelers looking to go off the beaten path, the Essential Zambia and Malawi: The Idyllic Safari Getaway offers something unexpected. Wildlife-rich Zambia boasts several top national safari parks and game experiences in a quietly proud nation. Game drives are quality and traversing the open plains and discovering hidden gems throughout the country is an adventure in itself. Adrenaline-filled activities in Livingstone and the thrill of the mighty Zambezi add a dramatic touch to a truly magical experience.

Travel onwards to little-known Lake Malawi as it brims with color as numerous schools of fish thrive below, creating a viewing spectacle. It is popular with kayakers and swimmers and holds some key accommodation for an island-style escape.

Length: 15 Days

Places Visited:  Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Sindabezi Island, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Lilongwe, Lake Malawi, Likoma Island

Why we recommend this sample itinerary: With two extraordinarily beautiful countries, both are slightly off the well-known and regular safari circuits one usually hears about. Enjoy prime game viewing in a variety of parks plus the pure bliss and tranquility of Lake Malawi.

6. Rwanda and Tanzania

Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

For another unexpected combination, consider the sample itinerary of Romantic East Africa Safari: Gorillas, Serengeti and Zanzibar Luxury Escape.  Begin in Rwanda, a country steeped in history and dramatic culture, scenery and wildlife experiences of a different kind. This small, landlocked country is often called the land of a thousand hills and its forests and volcano landscapes are testament to this. A visit to Kigali is intriguing and the highlight of any visit to this part of Africa is to witness gorillas interacting in remote parts of the forest, a life changing experience.

Combine Rwanda with nearby Tanzania and explore the spice island of Zanzibar, taking in Stonetown and a beach break as well as a memorable safari in the Serengeti National Park, and you have an east African all-round adventure.

Length: 14 Days

Places Visited:  Zanzibar, Stone Town, Serengeti National Park, Kigali, Volcanoes National Park

Why we recommend this sample itinerary: Combine both a chance to see gorillas and a magnificent Big Five safari in the famous Serengeti National Park, and then relax with downtime on an east African white-sand beach in Zanzibar. This is an all-round, inclusive vacation that brings vast experiences.

How to Get Your Beach and Safari Plans Started

You may find yourself vacillating between an African safari or simply relax on an idyllic beach for your next vacation, so why not consider creating a custom-designed combination package that offers it all. Discover the best of an incredible wildlife adventure as well as a beach escape by experiencing two remarkable destinations on an itinerary created just for you. When you are ready, contact a Zicasso travel specialist for free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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