Africa is the world’s second-largest continent and is home to some of the most spectacular islands off its coast, beaches, savannah, jungles, deserts, a host of several marine wildlife, lush hills, volcanoes as well as numerous delicacies influenced by the diverse cultures existing.
Below are the top ten most beautiful islands you should visit.
There’s a lot to enjoy in Mauritius. It offers you the perfect scenery with its white-sand shores, rich green rainforests, silvery waterfalls, craggy mountains, and varieties of mouth-watering delicacies. This island is so much more than a beach destination and is regarded as one of the best places in the world for kite surfing and windsurfing.
- Lamu, Kenya
Lamu is a peaceful island located just off the coast of Kenya. It is known as one of the oldest Swahili settlements in East Africa, devoid of cars and surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Lamu town is full of old Swahili architecture such as buildings made of mangrove timber and coral stone as well as huge, carved wooden doors. This island is definitely an attractive place for tourists, especially History Buffs.
- Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
If you’re an ocean lover and would love to explore protected coral reefs, ride horses down beaches or swim with dolphins, whale sharks, turtles, manta rays, rare dugongs, or spot humpbacks cruising along the coast, this is the perfect vacation spot for you. Bazaruto Archipelago is located in Southern Mozambique and is home to some of the most beautiful islands off the coast of Africa.
- Nosy Be, Madagascar
Nosy Be is a volcanic island located just 8km/5mi off the Northwest coast of Madagascar. If you’d love a good adventure, Nosy Be is the perfect place for you. It is regarded as one of the most popular beach resorts in Madagascar and is home to several animal species like the famous lemurs, fossa, and chameleons. Inland, you’ll also find crater lakes and vanilla plantations
- Praslin, Seychelles
Seychelles has several islands to enjoy and though it is tricky to pick the best, we believe Praslin National Park, which is home to the Unesco-protected Caller de Mai, tops the scale. Praslin also has plenty of beaches such as Anse Lazio which is often regarded as one of the best beaches existing in the world. It is the perfect choice for snorkeling and offers many accommodation options ranging from super high-end to a more reasonably and affordably priced option.
This island is located in the French region, making it part of the European Union. Réunion is undoubted, one of the most beautiful and popular islands off the coast of Africa. It’s a famous feature, an active volcano known as the Piton de la Fournaise which can be hiked when it is not erupting is a site for tourist attraction. There are many other hiking trails across verdant islands, waterfalls off which to zip line, sandy beaches, lava tunnels as well as different delicious delicacies (such as French pastries or Rèunion Cari) to explore and enjoy.
- Sal, Cape Verde
Cape Verde is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, due west of Dakar. About ten islands exist in Cape Verde. Sal which is the most popular gets its name from its old salt trade. Although the salt flats have been out of operation since the late 1980s, it is still a sight worth beholding. The main town, Santa Maria has several restaurants, bars, and a beach worth visiting.