There is something about Islands that just makes everyone to want to have the feeling. For some, it is the feeling of getting lost in an exotic land somewhere in the middle of nowhere where their troubles can’t follow them, while for others, it is all about spending their days in the sun, swim in the sparkling waters of the surrounding sea and generally being at peace and enjoying the outrageously beautiful environment around them.
When mentioning an holiday in Africa, most people will probably think of a safari tour, a visit to an ancient Egyptian monument or perhaps a trip to Cape Town or Marrakesh. However, Africa also has some amazing islands lying off its coasts. These African islands have a fascinating history, unique wildlife and beaches that easily rival those of the Caribbean. As a naturally exotic continent, Africa is surrounded by gorgeous, often untamed islands that will simply blow your mind.
If you are planning an honeymoon or perhaps looking for a place for vacation, then these top 5 Islands in Africa might just come in handy. Scroll to see them….
- Zanzibar, Tanzania
Just off the coast of Tanzania and not that far from Kenya, is this gorgeous Swahili Island, Zanzibar. Nicknamed ‘Spice Island’ for her production of an assortment of spices that will send your taste buds into a frenzy, Zanzibar is as beautiful as she is spicy. With white sandy beaches, palm trees swaying in the cool ocean breeze and an exceptionally polite indigenous people, Zanzibar is your dream holiday destination wrapped up in one beautiful sunshiny bow.
- Reunion, Madagascar
This French overseas territory is nestled somewhere between Madagascar and Mauritius. It is dubbed as Africa’s Hawaii since it is riddled with Volcanoes that give it the beautiful hilly look that Hawaii has. Reunion is simply gorgeous. There is nothing else to say. With a population of about 800,000 people, this island is as peaceful as it is beautiful.
- Lamu Island, Kenya
Lamu is the definition of ‘secluded beauty’. As one of the oldest Swahili settlements in Kenya, Lamu simply reeks of untouched beauty. Little alleyways meander through this gorgeous island keeping it free of cars. Donkey carts and small boats/canoes are the transportation norm here. You simply must come to Lamu to believe how beautiful it is. Surrounded by nothing but white sandy beaches, sparkling Indian Ocean water and the only neighbor being another island since this is part of an archipelago, Lamu commands peace, quite and privacy.
- Sao Tome, Central Africa
São Tomé Island is the largest island of São Tomé and Príncipe, a Portuguese-speaking island nation straddling the Equator, off the western coast of Central Africa. Few tourists make it to the island so visitors can dive and snorkel in uncharted waters and explore the sleepy fishermen’s villages at their own, leisurely pace. Other activity options include going to a chocolate factory and enjoying some of the world’s best coffee.
Of course, Mauritius is one of the most beautiful islands in Africa. Filled with beautiful tropical weather; insanely pristine beaches and diverse indigenous wildlife. Mauritius offers many exciting things to see and do. With its beautiful turquoise water and colourful surroundings, you will be mesmerized at its beauty; and you cannot beat the sun here. Mauritius demands that you visit.
There are many other islands surrounding our gracious motherland. Have you been to any of these breathtaking islands before? Do you know of other not mentioned here but equally or even more beautiful than these? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.
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