Africa is a continent blessed with some of the world’s most unique bodies of water – among them, waterfalls, rivers and seaside beaches too…
So, to with your decision-making, we have rounded up some of the best waters across Africa…
1. Beautiful, voluminous Victoria Falls
Bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is renowned the world over for its powerful, thundering beauty. Otherwise referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya (which translates to ‘The Mist that Thunders’) – this beautiful waterfall is found on the equally lovely Zambezi. Not only is Vic Falls one of the world’s largest falls, but is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and rightly so!
Aside from marvelling at that this twinkling, streaming curtain of endless beauty, during a visit to Vic Falls, travellers can also enjoy some fun land and water-orientated activities.
For the more adventurous, there is white water rafting and elephant back safari experiences, which will bring you closer to these majestic creatures.
Or, for those craving something more soothing, a sunrise or sundown safari should be right up your alley!
And, perhaps saving the best for last, there is also the ‘Flight of Angels’. This helicopter flight over the falls is perhaps the best way to experience Victoria Falls, while a quick flight up river and back over the Zambezi National Park afterwards is a fitting end to a memorable adventure! Plus, what better way to see these beautiful bodies of water?
2. Cape Town’s tantalising coastline
The Mother City is arguably one of the finest cities not only in Africa, but in the entire world. This unique, vibrant city, where mountains and oceans meet, is full of glorious beach and sea experiences to enjoy!
Whether you wish to boat, swim – or simply enjoy a beautiful road trip around the Peninsula – Cape Town offers something for every kind of traveller to dive headfirst into!
For those with a sense of adventure, take a drive out of the city and journey to Cape Point. Found within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (found within the vast Table Mountain National Park), Cape Point offers a restaurant with ocean views to die for, fun hikes, secret beaches and two, cliff-hugging lighthouses.
Best of all, at the Cape of Good Hope, you can enjoy the south-western point of Africa!
From there, venture into Simon’s Town and head to the much loved Boulders Beach. This family-friendly beach is a delightful, tranquil haven, home to a colony of adorable, busy African penguins… These cute little guys even swim in the waters with you and flap about on the beach while you sunbathe.
Other attractions in Cape Town include insightful boat trips to the iconic Robben Island; amazing coastal drives along Chapman’s Peak and Clarence Drive; romantic cruises at sunset; and of course, swimming and surfing at the city’s glorious beaches.
To name just a few, these include Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg, Blouberg, Boulders and Hout Bay Beach… So, go on, make a splash in the Mother City!
3. Remarkable Okavango Delta
Ah, the Okavano… now here’s a place filled to the brim with natural, life-changing magic!
Africa’s last Eden, the Okavango Delta is a vast, thriving wetland and the jewel of the Kalahari.
It owes its existence to the Okavango River, which flows from Angolan highlands and across the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, before finally reaching the unyielding Kalahari Desert.
This peaceful wetland is not only a unique source of life to an otherwise thirsty, arid region – but it is also one of the best places in Africa to experience a water-based safari.
Travellers can spend the day exploring the Okavango’s incredible waterways, in dugout canoes or on dreamy boat cruises.
The Okavango itself is an excellent fishing destination, for both fly and traditional spin fishing. Happily, though, so, too is the Kwando River, which presents its own wonderful fishing opportunities! (Note: Due to government regulations, fishing is not permitted during January and February.)
Pack your bags… It’s time to discover the Okavango Delta.
4. Marvellous Mozambique Beaches
Mozambique is fortunate to possess some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. Given this, it’s no wonder that globetrotters from far and wide flock here annually to enjoy rare beach beauty.
Warm, azure waters, perfect stretches of pristine beach, invigorating adventure activities and amazing seafood… Tempted by an epic beach holiday near the Indian Ocean yet?
One of the standout destinations in Mozambique is certainly Benguerra Island, which lies within the Bazaruto Archipelago.
Known as the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Bazaruto Archipelago offers six incredibly beautiful islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina (Paradise Island), Bangue and Pansy Shell Island – but Benguerra is definitely top among them!
Brimming with idyllic African island experiences and chic accommodation, Benguerra is also famed for its unspoilt beaches and amazing coral reefs.
In fact, it almost feels like discovering a patch of beachside heaven… Stunning food, accommodation – courtesy of both the luxurious Azura resort and intimate Benguerra Lodge – and Mozambique’s most wonderful sea life and beaches all come together here in perfect harmony.
If you’re dreaming of a beachside paradise, it doesn’t get much better than Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, and its small collection of glorious beaches!
Which waterside retreat tickles your fancy?