African destinations for water sports

Posted on 27 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

When exploring the African continent, you can expect a plethora of fun, interesting and enriching experiences. Although African getaways are popular for their bushveld and wildlife safaris, there is also an abundance of water activities to enjoy.

Learning to surf on the Wild Coast at Coffee Bay, South Africa (Image: Getaway Gallery)

From surfing to kayaking and even scuba diving, Africa offers a slice of happiness for every water sports enthusiast. Here are some of the continent’s destinations to consider for water activities:


The island of Mauritius boasts beauty beyond words. It is also a world-class spot for water activities such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and waterskiing. One of the best areas for waterskiing is considered to be along the northern part of the island. This is due to a relatively calm sea, as well as protection from the big waves.


Filled with natural splendour, Tanzania is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts. There are many water activities to enjoy along the destination’s coastlines.

Admire the breathtaking Indian Ocean’s underwater life through a memorable snorkelling experience. You can expect the lovely sight of colourful fish, coral reefs and sea turtles. The destination is also ideal for some Stand Up Paddling  (SUP) or paddle surfing. The opportunity to calmly paddle through Tanzania’s mangroves is one worth experiencing.


Apart from its incredible scenery, Zambia is also one of Africa’s best adventure capitals. In fact, one of the most popular water activities at the destination is white water rafting on the Zambezi River.

The deep channeled and high volume river enables you to enjoy the destination’s magnificent beauty, while also experiencing memorable water fun.


Mozambique (Image: Getaway Gallery)

Enveloped by the Indian Ocean’s warm waters, Mozambique boasts coastal beauty and a number of worthwhile water-based adventures. If you’re a fan of scuba diving, the destination is home to some of the  world’s most spectacular dive sites. What’s more, the clear waters are home to an array of marine life that is nothing short of dazzling.

Image: Getaway Gallery

Additionally, kayaking in Mozambique offers the tranquil opportunity to connect to nature. The destination’s calm bays also make it ideal to enjoy this gentle water sport.

South Africa

Picture: Sourced (Plett Seal Adventures)

Many parts of South Africa are perfect for different water activities. You can enjoy some kayaking, surfing, sailing and even swimming with seals.

Undoubtedly, getting up close and personal with South Africa’s playful and gentle-natured Cape fur seals is an experience which every water sport enthusiast should try.

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