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Africa is a continent of contrasts and offers a range of experiences for holiday makers and locals alike. From seeing the Big Five in some of the world's most iconic destinations, to having the chance to unwind on an island idyll, there's something for everyone. Whether you're a beach baby who loves a picture postcard setting, or a seasoned safari-goer in search of more sightings, Africa will not disappoint.

   The continent's coastal towns cover a range of cultures and are steeped in rich histories. From the Cape of Good Hope at its southernmost tip, to the chocolate islands of Sao Tome & Principe in its 'armpit', you could island hop for eternity across Africa's waves. Meanwhile, a whopping 30,368,609km² of safari terrain means that the continent's game reserves also vary drastically in their landscapes and residents, so bush goers will never get bored.

   If you are undecided about whether you want to bump along in a Landy looking for leopards or work on your tan in a sandy paradise, don't beat around the bush as it doesn’t have to be a question of choosing. Just grab your SPF30 and the bug spray, and have the best of both worlds by combining the bush and the beach on one holiday in Africa!

   So slip on your flip-flops, pack your veldskoens, and enjoy a small selection of our personal favourite blissful bush and beach experiences. Just click on the 'Next' button above each image to continue your 'travels'.

   To find out more about this week's author, enjoy a cocktail with Georgina Lockwood on the final page of this gallery.

   Cover image provided by Machangulo Beach Lodge, Mozambique.