Africa is blessed with beauty to behold. Ranging from green rain forests and vegetation to wildlife and beautiful islands, all you see is beauty.
Check out top 8 African Islands you should visit.
This beautiful Island nation, Seychelles is located in the Somali Sea segment of the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (994 mi) east of Kenya. It comprises of several beautiful islands that make up the Nation. One fun fact (among others) about Seychelles is that Some of the rarest species of birds can be found in Seychelles, including the bare-legged Scops Owl or Syer. This specific owl is so rare it was once thought to have become extinct, but was rediscovered in 1959. You can find it at the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé Island.
2. Cape Verde Islands
Cape Verde is an archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean, consisting of ten volcanic islands with a combined land area of about 4,033 square kilometres (1,557 sq mi). The largest island, both in size and population, is Santiago, which hosts the nation’s capital, Praia, the principal urban agglomeration in the archipelago.
Despite being seen as Poor in natural resources, prone to drought and with little arable land, the Cape Verde islands have won a reputation for achieving political and economic stability. It is also known as the third largest nesting site for loggerhead turtles.
3. São Tomé and Príncipe
São Tomé and Príncipe Islands is located in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. According to Wikipedia, São Tomé and Príncipe is the second-smallest and second-least populous African sovereign state after Seychelles as well as the smallest and least populous Portuguese-speaking country in the world.
With a mixture of African drum beats and Portuguese music, they have a very interesting blend of music style. São Toméan cuisine is based in equal parts on African traditions and Portuguese influence. Common ingredients are roots like cassava, plantains, and bananas. Unsurprisingly, seafood is a favorite here and there are many seafood dishes which speak loudly of the country’s Portuguese heritage. One such dish is a spicier variation of the Portuguese paella.
4. Zanzibar Island
Need a breathe taking spot to escape to from the whole craziness of the world? Zanzibar Island is the place. It’s located in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar) and Pemba Island. On this beautiful Island, you will enjoy clear, turquoise-blue water; shallow sandbars perfect for wading; and many small, nearly deserted islands virtually unvisited by tourists. Explore the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter.
5. Mauritius Island
This tropical paradise of Mauritius, situated off the east coast of Africa and which spans over 65 km in length and a 45 km in width, is a tourist haven, drawing travelers from all over the world.
Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna. Many species are endemic to the island. The island was the only known home of the dodo(a flightless bird now extinct), which, along with several other avian species, was made extinct by human activities.
6. Lamu Island
Luma Island in Kenya, a UNESCO world heritage site, was once an essential stop during any trip to Kenya.
Over the centuries, the island has been inhabited by Asians, Persians, Indians, Europeans and Kenyans, and as a result it has a unique charm of blended cultures. This historic Swahili Island is home to wondering donkeys and dhow boats sailing by. The view is mystical, magical and idyllic.
Madagascar is the fourth largest Island in the world. At 144 million acres, it’s almost the size of Texas. One spectacular fact about Madagascar is that approximately 95 percent of its reptiles, 89 percent of its plant life, and 92 percent of its mammals exist nowhere else on Earth. Its located in the southwestern Indian Ocean and is separated from the African coast by the 250-mile- (400-km-) wide Mozambique Channel. If you want to see most of the animals that are almost extinct in other parts of the world, Madagascar is the Island to visit.
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