The juxtaposition of inland wilderness and coastal tropical beaches makes Africa one of the best destinations for adventure travelers. The bush country offers endless savannah plains, majestic towering mountains, desolate deserts of eerie beauty and some of the most endangered species in the world. The coastal areas offer pristine coral reefs and an abundance of marine species for energetic aquatic activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling alongside deep sea fishing, sailing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and so much more! If you are like some of our like-minded guests, choosing between a high-paced bush experience and a tranquil seaside getaway is difficult, so why not combine the two for the ultimate <strong><em>Bush & Beach Safari by African Savannah Trails<? We have specialized guidance and personal insights you need to create the perfect African vacation itinerary that maximizes both the outback and coast experiences. Our 10 to 14 night bush and beach safaris are customized to your desires. If the bush country is your highest priority, we recommend spending five to eight days out on the plains followed by a rejuvenating three to four day coastal tour in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion, Mozambique, South Africa and also by Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.
The beaches, ocean and cultures along the Southern and Eastern African seashore are superb as primary destinations as well. You savor every moment of feeling isolated from the stress of the modern world by detoxing as you watch palm trees sway in gentle seaside breezes and the ebbing of the turquoise Indian Ocean tide. The second option is to spend ten relaxing days in a tropical paradise that is in proximity to protected areas of diverse habitats, colorful avi-fauna, native coastal peoples like the Swahilis, historical and archaeological treasures and so much more! Being so close to inland wilderness means that you can easily enhance your seashore holiday with a three to four-day African action-adventure safari!
An alternative bush and beach travel itinerary that is preferred by our European guests is taking a wilderness safari in the middle of their beach vacation. Guests normally arrive on a flight to a coastal destination in Eastern or Southern Africa where they spend a few days. You then take safari flight to a wilderness area or drive to the park or reserve if accessible in a few hours. After two or three days in the bush, you then return to your seaside hotel. One of the most popular schedules for this option is combining Mombasa, Malindi, Watamu and other shore destinations in Kenya with a remote trip to Kenya’s Masai Mara for the Great Migration or even Shimba Hills or Tsavo.
For guests who wish to explore Tanzania, the schedule can include time in Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, Fanjove Islands and other beachfront locations combined with inland excursions by air to Serengeti, another spectacular park to view the Great Migration, or even Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. Bush and beach option for South Africa is customarily combined with parks and reserves like Phinda, Shamwari, Kruger, Madikwe etc. with a seaside escapade to Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, Hermanus or Plettenberg Bay. For African Savannah Trails guests who are on a bush safari in landlocked countries like Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and others have the option of holidaying in the neighboring seaside countries east of them. In recent times, there have been affordable, direct accessible flights in between Eastern and Southern Africa countries allowing you to complete your safari in the morning at the Okavango Delta or Chobe in Botswana or even Victoria Falls in Zambia or Zimbabwe, and ending your day watching the sun set on the Indian Ocean horizon of Seychelles, Mauritius or Mozambique.