INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
Mozambique is a tropical paradise on the east coast of Africa that has a coastline that stretches an impressive 2,500 kilometers lined with crystal clear water and beautiful sandy beaches. This enchanting African national is the ideal adventure holiday destination, with an abundance of activities to offer such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, horseback riding, dolphin tours and scuba diving. Mozambique's two major centers, Maputo and Inhambane, offer an exotic kaleidoscope of art, music, delicious local cuisine and boasts a vibrant nightlife. Spend your days immersed in the local culture and marvel at the impressive colonial architecture. Those seeking a more remote getaway can head for the isolated beaches of Benguerra Island or explore the famous Gorongosa National Park. However you choose to spend your time, you will understand why visitors love this destination and are likely to leave with a burning desire to return.
Approximately 40 kilometers from the Tanzanian coast, this idyllic archipelago consists of the Zanzibar and Pemba islands as well as numerous smaller islets. Zanzibar Island is characterized by exquisite white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters, all surrounded by coral reefs abundant with exotic marine life. This underwater paradise is a Mecca for Watersport enthusiasts who flock here for the excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, kayaking, kitesurfing and sailing on traditional dhows. The island's old city, Stone Town, features a maze of narrow alleyways lined with boutiques, bars, restaurants, lively bazaars, mosques and ornate Arab houses. Don't miss the chance to relax on the luxurious private island of Mnemba, just 3 kilometers off the coast of the main island.
The Garden Route sits between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and the glistening Indian Ocean. This lush 200 kilometer stretch of coastal plain provides one of the world's most spectacular drives. Visitors typically base themselves at the heart of the Garden Route in Knysna, with its beautiful lagoons, or the neighboring Plettenberg Bay, known for its excellent beaches. Whether you are seeking white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, ancient forests, world renowned surfing locations, nature reserves, and other exhilarating adventures such as bungee jumping or zip lining, the Garden Route has it all.
Along South Africa's most pristine shoreline lies the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast is renowned for its hidden coves, secluded beaches and rolling hills. Those who love a little peace and quiet, as well as the outdoors would be hard-pressed to find a better holiday destination than this scenic wilderness. It also provides plenty of activities to keep the more active travelers busy. Some popular activities include fishing, scuba-diving, snorkeling and hiking along the beautiful coastline. The Wild Coast is enormous and full of surprises like secret swimming holes, rocky headlands, steep cliffs and gorgeous beaches and lagoons.
Known as the "Dolphin Coast", the KwaZulu Natal North Coast is known for its abundant population of bottlenose dolphins that surf in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The Dolphin Coast is one of the province's main attractions offering a rich cultural heritage, excellent fishing and golden sand beaches and coastal towns. This scenic coastline stretches north from the metropolis of Durban and features first class beach resorts and golf courses, but also has some remote unspoiled beaches. Visitors enjoy activities such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, swimming in the tidal pools, surfing the waves or enjoying a relaxing day on the beautiful beaches. The Dolphin Coast is a place that offers true beauty.
Indian Ocean Islands
The Indian Ocean is the third-largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering 19.8% of the water on earth's surface. It is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west and Australia to the east. In contrast to the Atlantic and Pacific, the Indian Ocean is enclosed by major landmasses and an archipelago on three sides and does not stretch from pole to pole and can be likened to an embayed ocean. It is centred on the Indian Peninsula and although this subcontinent has played a major role in its history the Indian Ocean has been a cosmopolitan stage interlinking diverse regions by innovations, trade and religion since early in human history. No matter which destination you choose to experience in Africa, the options to add a relaxing stay on the coastline of Africa or on one of the many Indian ocean islands is endless. There is no other destination on earth where you can be observing wildlife on safari in the morning and then be sipping a cocktail on the beach in paradise by the afternoon!