Lonely Planet sums up the best short trips in a new book .

In its latest book, published this month, Lonely Planet presents the best day and weekend trips within three hours of 60 of the world's favourite cities. Here are some of the best African beaches that are a short drive from a major city:

Serekunda, the Gambia

This dusty urban centre is the gateway to a string of Atlantic beach resorts, where a suntanned mix of expats, aid workers and British tourists hit the sand and the dance floor.


1hr from Banjul by car.

Muizenberg, South Africa