Getting to Africa can be a couple of long-haul flights away, which means once there, you’re probably not going to want to rush back onto the plane after safari, which you’ll generally only go on for a few days—max. Once you’re in Africa, however, it’s easy enough to get around. You can travel between camps (and even neighboring countries) via road transfers or small planes. But we suggest you take advantage of being so close to the Indian Ocean and tack on a beach at one of Africa’s islands, which are easily reachable whether you’ve gone to Eastern or Southern Africa. Here, five ways to pull off the ultimate bush-to-beach combo.
Tanzania – Bush
Ruaha National Park isn’t as popular as Tanzania’s Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater parks, but unknown to most, it’s the country’s largest. Thankfully, being lesser-known has its perks: among them, fewer tourists and as many animals, including the rare and endangered African wild dog. Stay at the gleaming new ten-room Asilia Jabali Ridge, which is set on a rocky outcrop that overlooks the reserve.
Tanzania – Beach
Zanzibar, Tanzania’s most famous tropical isle, is known for its spices and luminescent waters that lap palm-fringed beaches. A short flight away from the mainland, Zanzibar is easily accessible. There are daily nonstop flights from the capital, Dar Es Salaam, as well as flights from smaller runways within the national parks (like in the Ruaha National Park). Stay at Matemwe Retreat, a collection of whitewashed villas flecked with bright interiors, that line a beach on the eastern coast. Asilia Africa offers a package called “Ruaha and Relaxation” that includes three days in the Ruaha reserve and three days in Zanzibar, inclusive of flights from Ruaha to Zanzibar.