Snorkel or scuba dive colourful coral reefs teeming with life, sail from one sundrenched sandbar to another and enjoy succulent fresh seafood each night as the sun sinks below the horizon. For variety, there are often land-based things to do. On Zanzibar for example, you can tour spice plantations and visit exotic Stone Town, a fusion of Swahili, Indian, Arab and European influences evident in the town’s well-reserved architecture. In Mauritius, there are lush national parks and Creole sites to discover, as well as flavoursome cuisine influenced by the many diverse peoples that settled the island over centuries.
All are destinations in their own right but combine very well as a relaxing start or end to a classic African safari.