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Indagare Matchmaker: Post-Safari Beach Destinations

It’s hard to top a safari, but we recommend spending a few days relaxing in a serene locale after the staggering drama of days filled with game drives and meals in the bush. Africa has some of the most stunning beaches in the world, making the transition from wide-open plains to white-sand beaches quite easy. From the celebrity-adored hideaways in the Seychelles to the smaller but equally luxurious private island resorts that dot the Indian Ocean, the options for end-of-trip pampering are plentiful. But, selecting the best place to unwind is dependent both on where you are going on safari and the level of service you prefer. Here, we break down the key differences between six of our favorite beach resorts in the region.

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Benguerra Island, Mozambique

With just 13 beachside bungalows on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, this lodge feels like an undiscovered gem.

  • Where You’ve Been: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia
  • Who Should Go: While Benguerra Island is open to kids of all ages, the beachside-castaway vibe is undeniably romantic. Couples will be most happy here, especially those who scuba dive.
  • Top Activities: Snorkeling, catamaran cruises, scuba diving, spa treatments, picnic on a deserted beach, visiting local fishing villages
  • Keep in Mind: Benguerra is in a Malaria zone, and even though the highest risk of contracting the disease is during rainy seasons (December – February), it’s best to take anti-Malaria medication before your trip and to bring strong bug repellent. Indagare Tip: Off carries bug spray-drenched wipes which are easier to transport than bottles of spray.
  • How to Get There: There are direct flights to Vilankulos from Johannesburg (1 hour 40 minutes) and Nelspruit, near Kruger National Park (1 hour 15 minutes). It is then an 8-minute helicopter ride to the island (included in the room rate).

Related: Indagare’s Safari Matchmaker

Mnemba Island, Zanzibar

One of the most stunning private islands in the world, Mnemba has long been the destination of choice for sophisticated travelers looking to relax in unpretentious luxury. Here, rooms are stocked with a beach bag, straw hats and kikois and African sarongs (which make up the island’s unofficial uniform).

– Emma Pierce on September 9, 2019

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