6 Amazing African Island Nations You Should Visit

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You must visit Africa’s amazing island nations, these are the islands that make it a continent and not just one land mass. These island nations are incredible and unique in their way of life, people, architecture, food, and culture. These are also some of the most amazing diving and snorkeling spots that I’ve ever encountered on this planet. Here are six amazing island countries that you should visit.

The African continent is already well known for its natural beauty and diversity. The continent is filled with amazing landscapes like the Sahara Desert and Victoria Falls. It also has some of the world’s tallest mountains (Mt Kilimanjaro) and the longest rivers (the Congo and Nile rivers). Overall, Africa is a continent with a lot to offer for adventurous travelers.

But Africa has also some of the most amazing island nations in the world. Let’s discover them.


Luxury Holidays in Seychelles Islands - Seychelles
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A little-known fact about Seychelles is that the country’s economy is primarily based on tourism and service industries. Despite this dependence on tourism, the country has experienced steady growth and is much wealthier than other nearby continental African nations. In fact, Seychelles’ GDP is growing at a faster rate than its population.

The Seychelles Islands are comprised of 115 islands, many of which are uninhabited. Most of the inhabitants live on the main inner island group. The main island Mahe is home to 90 percent of the country’s population. The islands are also known for their beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and pristine wildlife.

Seychelles is a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. They are known for their white sand beaches and lush natural scenery. They are spread out over 450 square kilometers and are divided into 26 administrative districts, neighborhoods, and towns. The islands are largely populated on the Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue, and there are fast ferries to get around the island group. Visitors can also rent a car or bike to explore the other islands.

The beaches in Seychelles are some of the finest in the world. The islands are covered with a beautiful coastline and a plethora of tiny coves. Most of the best beaches are found close to the islands’ resorts. Anse Source d’Argent beach, for example, has granite boulders that are famous worldwide and appeared in the movie Castaway.

Seychelles is just as beautiful as Mauritius and the Madagascar islands. It has a huge national park that is home to rare plant species and animals. The islands also boast sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Travelers unlike any other African destination have a variety of activities to spend their time in Seychelles. From diving to hiking, the island offers an amazing getaway for the adventurous traveler.

Cape Verde

Aerial view of Santa Maria beach Sal Cape Verde - Cape Verde
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The culture of Cape Verde is a mix of Portuguese and African influences. It is also known for its diverse forms of music and dances. Known for its urban Cape Verdean kizomba, the national music reflects the diverse cultures of its residents. The most popular music genres include coladeira, funana, and batuque. A few well-known performers hail from the country.

The capital city of Cape Verde, Praia, is an important center for tourists. It is home to ancient buildings and administrative buildings, many of which were constructed in colonial style. The city also has many fine restaurants and bars, as well as a vibrant market. In Praia, you can experience the local ambiance by listening to the local music, coladeira, and morna.

The climate in Cape Verde is tropical. There is minimal rain throughout the year, and the islands receive between 10 hours of sunlight per day. The most humid months are between July and August, and the driest are between March and April. July sees an average of 11mm of rainfall. Rainfall is higher in August and September, but still very minimal when compared to other tropical climates.

The archipelago of Cape Verde was largely uninhabited until the arrival of Portuguese explorers in 1456. The islands eventually became a part of the Portuguese empire, and plantations were established. The islands were also important points of trade in the Atlantic. Slaves from Africa were brought to these islands to work on the plantations. Once they were settled, the islands became economically prosperous and were a popular stopover for ships on their way to Europe.

The Cape Verde archipelago known as Cabo Verde in Portuguese has been referred to as the ‘Hawaii of Africa’. It is indeed one of the most beautiful destinations in Africa. It has numerous beaches, bays, and lagoons. Since the late 1970s, Cape Verde has developed into a popular sun and beach destination in West Africa.

Within this archipelago alone are wildlife reserves, volcanic mountains, and extraordinary rock formations. Visiting Cape Verde is an exotic getaway for every individual. Making it more amazing is that the country still remains ideal for backpackers.


Aerial view of Mauritius island - Mauritius
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If you’re looking for a tropical getaway, consider a visit to Mauritius. This island nation has a population of about 1.3 million people. Its major cities include Port Louis, the capital, Beau Bassin, Curepipe, and Quatre Bornes.

Located on the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is home to a range of rare animals and plants. Many of these animals are unique to this island nation. Among them is the Mauritius flying fox, which is endangered. The Mauritius kestrel and the pink pigeon are also native to the island nation.

The island nation is made up of several different islands. Rodrigues Island, for example, is a volcanic island. It is only a small part of Mauritius, and it is surrounded by a crater formed by an underwater volcanic eruption millions of years ago.

The island has a rich colonial history, spanning the Dutch, French, and British. The island was once used to grow sugar cane, and workers from other parts of the British Empire moved there. Some of these colonial remnants can still be found in the island’s cuisine and music. Mauritius is also famous for its rum.

Mauritius offers a variety of accommodations, from luxury boutique hotels to smaller hotels catering to families. A vacation to Mauritius will appeal to people who like quiet time or those who want to get out and explore.

Known to be one of the most visited islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a popular honeymoon destination. The island is a haven for honeymooners as it naturally feels like a perfect honeymoon destination. Adding to the beauty of the island are exotic nature preserves and well-preserved fauna.

The island offers amazing beaches that are ideal for sailing and water sports. With its rich cultural heritage and iconic sites, the island is a must-see destination for every individual traveler.


Two lemurs in Madagascar
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Madagascar is an island nation that lies off the east coast of Africa. Its people are a blend of African and Asian cultures. Various foreign countries have established their presence in Madagascar. The main foreign countries are France, India, Pakistan, and China. The island nation is also neighbored by the Comoros Islands. People from Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia have also settled in Madagascar.

The island’s unique geology and ecosystems have created an incredible range of wildlife. Its unique biodiversity means that almost 95 percent of the plant and animal species in Madagascar are found nowhere else on Earth. The island is home to more than 11,000 endemic plant species. It also has a rich variety of reptiles, amphibians, and other animals. Between 1999 and 2010, scientists discovered 615 new species of plants and animals in Madagascar.

Madagascar is home to more than 21 million people. Its inhabitants are descendants of settlers from East Africa and Borneo. The people of Madagascar also have cultural influences from Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East. They speak the Malagasy language, which is related to the language of Southeast Borneo. Eighty percent of the population lives off of subsistence farming.

Madagascar is home to many natural attractions, many of which are well-preserved. In addition to the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, which is more than 500 years old, Madagascar is also home to the rainforests of Atsinanana, which are home to rare primates. In addition, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve covers a huge portion of the western island. Its unique geology is another notable feature.

Its rich fauna and flora make it perfect for nature lovers and photographers who are visiting Africa for the first time. Apart from the widely popular ecotourism project, Madagascar offers some of the best accommodation options in Africa.

With exotic beaches, lush tropical forests, and towering mountains, Madagascar has some of the most spectacular landscapes in Africa. A must-visit destination for all biodiversity lovers, Madagascar is home to rare species of plants and animals.


a beach in Anjouan - Comoros
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Comorians refer to their country as Masiwa. They also refer to individual islands by their name, Comoro. The name comes from Arabic words like “Qumr” and “Qamar.” Comorians practice Sunni Islam in the Chafeite rite, and they also participate in Great Weddings.

It’s an idyllic, tiny island chain in the Indian Ocean. Its four developed islands offer everything from white sandy beaches to hiking through rainforests and seeing giant fruit bats. There’s an abundance of nature and wildlife, but the island’s lack of travel infrastructure can make traveling a bit difficult. For this reason, it’s important to keep valuables hidden and never walk alone in the country.

One of the best places to visit in Comoros is Moheli, the smallest of the Comoros Islands. This unspoiled island is home to the country’s only national park, Parc Marin de Moheli. This park protects the island’s flora and fauna. It’s also home to a variety of sea turtle species.

One of the best ways to see the island is to snorkel in the ocean. The coral reefs are incredible and there are plenty of opportunities to spot sharks and sea rays. Another great way to explore the island is on a traditional ‘dhow’, a traditional trading boat. A visit to this island will provide you with a memorable experience.

The capital city of the Comoros Islands is Moroni. This charming, Arabian-style city is filled with small shops and cafes, and the locals wear traditional clothes. If you’re looking for souvenirs, head to the local Volvo market, which is located near the Friday Mosque.

Notable for its exotic beaches, Comoros islands remain the least explored islands in Africa. With little tourism development and little infrastructure to deal with, the island offers a haven for backpackers and adventurers. It is home to rich biodiversity with vast species of plants and animals. This gives nature enthusiasts the perfect getaway to view Africa’s unique biodiversity. The waters are home to majestic coral reefs and are surrounded by amazing mountains and volcanoes.

São Tome and Principe

an infinity pool in São Tome and Principe
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Sao Tome and Principe is a lush, green island covered in rainforest. The south portion of the island has some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll find coffee and cocoa plantations amongst the lush greenery and pristine beaches. Most restaurants and hotels serve delicious local coffee, but you can also find alcoholic drinks.

The local beer is Rosema, and imported beer is available as well. Most locals drink palm wine. During the weekend, roadside parties are common.

The islands are home to four species of nesting turtles, including the endangered leatherback turtle. You can take part in beach patrols and see the hatchling turtles in their new home. You can even help release young turtles back into the sea! While you’re on the islands, take some time to experience the island’s culture.

Sao Tome and Principe’s people are proud of their beautiful landscape and enjoy the freedom of island life. The island is also home to a large playground for children. Cocoa exports help the island nation pay for its imports. It is also possible to find crude oil off the island’s coast, but oil exploration hasn’t yet begun.

Sao Tome and Principe is a paradise island. The island’s mild climate means that your vacation will be filled with sunshine. A holiday to Sao Tome and Principe offers a tropical getaway filled with adventure and relaxation. There are beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and delicious food, as well as friendly locals who will welcome you with open arms.

São Tomé and Príncipe are two beautiful islands within the Gulf of Guinea. It is one of the rarest African destinations that offers a perfect tropical getaway. The islands offer sights of pristine coral reefs, blue waters, and sandy beaches. Travelers get to enjoy cultural and historical sites on the island.

The historic area has interesting rock paintings and ancient volcanic mountains. The island is also a great place to explore Africa’s underwater world with gigantic coral reefs that is home to numerous marine species.


Africa is a continent with some of the most amazing places to visit in the world. Not only is it home to some of the safest countries in Africa (like Botswana), but it’s also home to the world’s oldest civilizations.

Some of the world’s most beautiful island nations are also found in Africa. From pristine white beaches to turquoise seas, these islands are home to incredible marine wildlife. The islands also have incredible architecture and cuisine that reflect the diverse cultures of Africa. Some even have volcanic mountains and lush inland regions.

These destinations offer beautiful culture, pristine beaches, and the chance to explore tropical ecosystems in lush interior rainforests. Each island has something unique to offer. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, an adventure, or a chance to learn about different cultures, you’ll find what you need in Africa’s island nations.

Africa’s amazing nation islands are her version of the Caribbean Islands. These islands have beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, making them great places to visit. They also attract tourists from all around the world. In fact, many visitors enjoy exploring these islands by sailing or fishing. Overall, Africa’s amazing island nations are worth a visit for your next holiday.

These islands are more than just exotic getaways-manageable and relaxing, they’re also rich with culture and scenic beauty.

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