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Africa is still a mystery to the rest of the world. To make a holiday perfectly amazing, African islands is a wise choice. To speak of an African holiday, people usually think of a visit to an ancient Egyptian monument, a safari tour or perhaps a trip to Cape Town or Marrakesh. But Africa can offer you more. It has some of world’s most wonderful inland. Apart from the 4th largest island in the world, Madagascar, there are some other islands full of unique wildlife and beaches that easily distinguish it from Caribbean Island.
10 Most Amazing African Islands:
10. Sao Tomé
São Tomé is one of the most amazing African islands and the largest island of São Tomé and Príncipe. It is a Portuguese-speaking island nation straddling the Equator, off the western coast of Central Africa. It is not a very tourist crowded area. So the tourists come here enjoy proper serenity. They can snorkel and dive in uncharted waters and often can make a sudden visit to the sleepy fishermen’s villages. There is a chocolate factory. If you like chocolate, then it will be your lucky day. You also can enjoy some of the best coffees in the world.
Located in the central Atlantic Ocean, Sal is the most popular island of Cape Verde. It is an archipelago of 10 African islands. The Sal is a Portuguese word. It means salt. Sal gains popularity for its sandy beaches. The island’s main town Santa Maria has some nice restaurants and bars. It is familiar for its night life and music. It is one of the amazing African islands.
Also known as Mwali, Mohéli, is the smallest of the three African islands that constitute nation of Comoros. It is a remote area. Cut off from most of the modern facilities. People are mostly uneducated and not familiar with modern civilization. Mohéli Marine Park, Comoros only National Park is situated here. The beaches are enriched with coral reefs. Sea turtles, dolphins and whales are all protected in the park. It has a promising future for tourism.
7. Nosy Be
It is Madagascar’s leading tourist destination and one of the best African Islands in the world. It attracts thousands of tourists every year across the globe. Although Nosy Be’s beaches are not as picturesque as some other beaches in the Indian Ocean, they are preferable for their solemn tranquility, crystal clear water and amazing seafood restaurants serving seafood diner on the sand.
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Djerba is located off the coast of southern Tunisia. It is the largest island of North Africa. It has beautiful sandy beaches and a silent and peaceful countryside. It is among the few places in Tunisia where Berber language is still practiced. It was used as a location of Hollywood science fiction classic Star Wars.
Reunion is one of the most amazing African island. It is located east of Madagascar and south west of Mauritius, the nearest island. It is a French overseas territory with a population of about 800,000. Although Arab, Portuguese and Swahili all visited the island, French were the first to colonize herein 1665. The most interesting fact about Hawaii that it is similar to the island of Hawaii as both are located above hot spots in the Earth’s crust. Piton des Neiges is its highest volcano. It is 3,070 meters (10,070 feet) above sea level.
4. Lamu Island
It is a part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. The main town of the Lamu Island in Lamu Old Town. It is one of the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa. The town is tranquil and beautiful. There is no road on the island. It is one of the car free islands in the world. It is an amazing African island for those who are tired of traffic.
Mauritius is a small African Island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles. It was uninhabited until the Dutch arrived in 1598. The Dutch had to leave for too tough climatic conditions. Later it went under the French for 5 years. Finally, the British took over it from French in 1810. It was the island where the famous extinct bird lived. Due to its delicious meat and gentle nature, they became the easy prey of the colonials. Mauritius remained under British rule until it attained independence. It is one of the most amazing African islands in the world.
It is also referred to as Unguja Island. Located on the coast of Tanzania, it is the largest and most populated island of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar. The major attraction of Zanzibar is Stone town. The town is unique with its whitewashed, coral rag houses, charming shops, mosque, squares, bazars and courtyards. The island has been gifted with some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches surrounded by the turquoise sea. It has been an important trading center of Africa for centuries. It is really one of the most wonderful island of Africa.
The second largest island of the Seychelles, Praslin is known as a tourist destination with a number of beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette and several hotels and resorts. It was once hideaway for pirates. Praslin is a gifted island with an abundant natural beauties. It has white sandy beaches, has substantial expanses of tropical forests with birds such as the endemic Seychelles Bulbul. Praslin National Park is known for the unique vanilla orchids and coco de mer.