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East Africa is an excellent travel destination for avid travellers that want to learn, explore, adventure, and have life experiences. East Africa is more than just a vacation; it is a self-discovery trip where you will learn to love and appreciate the mystical beauties of mother nature. In addition to this, the people, history, and colourful culture of East Africa are unique. You will get to explore more than you can imagine with the beauty that East Africa offers. Apart from all this, you will find some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world in this region. You can also find the perfect beaches infused with the local culture. The top beach destinations with culture in East Africa include:

Shanzu Beach, Kenya

Starting in Kenya, Shanzu Beach is a remote area on the North Coast. Although the beach is expansive, it is a hidden gem, and you will understand why once you visit the region. During the day, you will be blown away by the sheer beauty of the dancing waves and the beautiful sandy beach surrounded by coconut palms. Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was constructed in 1596.

Jambiani Beach, Tanzania

Moving to Tanzania, we start with one of the most cultural beaches on our list, Jambiani Beach. Inhabited by the Swahili people, Jambiani Beach is known for its tranquil beauty, picturesque sceneries, and serene auras. Jambiani Beach is also famous for seaweed. During the low tides, you can see Swahili women coming to the beach to collect the seaweed. The seaweed is one of Zanzibar’s most important exports, and the locals also use it to make soap. Apart from viewing this intricate process in front of your eyes, you can also participate in various cooking classes to learn more about the local delicacies.

Nungwi Beach, Tanzania

Nungwi Beach is another cultural beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania. While Jambiani is known for seaweed, Nungwi Beach is known as a fishing village. Apart from this, Nungwi Beach is amongst the list of top beaches in the world. It is breathtakingly beautiful and surrounded by guesthouses, rustic bars, restaurants, and beautiful palm trees. Nungwi is a very social and lively beach where you can also interact with the locals. You can also witness the fishermen in action on their dhows. You can also take a pleasant sunset dhow cruise and unravel in the majestic views.

Kipepeo, Tanzania

Located in Dar-es-Salaam, Kipepeo is another unique and culturally rich beach steeped in Swahili tradition. It is also far away from the loud noises and bustle of the city, providing you with the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long day of exploration. Kipepeo is a Swahili word, which means butterfly. The beautiful beach is surrounded by traditional Swahili houses, made with thatched roofs, vibanda, and engulfed in palm trees. Kipepeo is also perfect for swimming, snorkelling and dhow fishing trips.


East Africa is full of wonders, and it will keep giving you plenty of reasons to stay. If the beaches don’t entice you and want adventure, you can read Experience Kenya Adventure to plan your perfect vacation.


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