If you are looking for sandy white beaches, crystal clear blue waters, dream weather, and friendly people, look no further than the island life in Africa. These slices of paradise have a fascinating history, unique wildlife, and beaches that easily rival those of the Caribbean. Here are our top picks of the best African island getaways that you’ll want to add to your 2020 travel plans.
Sal, Cape Verde
Translating as salt in Portuguese, Sal is a popular tourist destination that is often referred to as a beach lover’s paradise. Anyone who steps foot here can easily understand why with its sun-kissed beaches and unique pastel-colored houses. Heading to the main town of Santa Maria, you’ll encounter a vibrant nightlife with live music shows and a variety of restaurants and bars to experience.
This island isn’t only for dedicated beach enthusiasts though, it also appeals to those in search of something a little more unique in their African adventure. Once booming salt trade, there’s a lot of history to be found in Sal. For those who are willing to venture inland, you’ll find a barren landscape with exceptional views, completely opposite from the sandy shores of Santa Maria.
Located right off the coast of Tunisia, the island of Djerba is made up of two extremes. On one hand, you’ll find a vibrant and lively culture on and on the other, a quiet and peaceful countryside that shouldn’t be missed. The culture of the Djerba people has been very well preserved and it is one of the only places in the country where the Berber language is still spoken.
This unique island is perfect for those seeking a little bit more than the typical beach excursion. Here, your mornings can start off with a visit to the local market found through a maze of alleyways lined by stunning whitewashed houses and shops selling colorful ceramics anyone would be envious of. In the afternoon, recline on one of the island’s many sun-kissed beaches home to shorelines filled with palm trees, warm crystal clear water, and white sandy shores.
After an adventurous day exploring, relax and enjoy a cocktail or two in the island’s nightclubs, bars and karaoke lounges which can be found in high-class hotels mainly on the north-east of the island. No matter where your adventure may take you in Djerba, it’s easy to understand how one can forget when it’s time to go home.
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Located in the northeast of Mahé, Praslin is Seychelles’ second-largest island in both size and population. Here you are immediately transported into a world with stunning rolling hills, lush green vegetation, and of course captivating white sandy beaches waiting to be explored.
Being a well-known tourist destination, it’s easy to understand why people from all over the world come to relax in their luxurious resorts and hotels in Praslin. Here you can experience a wide range of restaurants and cafes with many featuring beachside dining. Although the island isn’t for night owls, there is a popular local casino if you’re feeling lucky.
If you are looking for adventures in the sea, Praslin is considered an excellent choice for scuba diving, and snorkeling along its coast. Here you can get up close and encounter manta rays, sea turtles, angelfish and many more of the island’s inhabitants.
Once you’ve had your fill of beach adventures, embark on a guided walk through the ancient forest where you can learn about the exotic flora and rare wildlife. For those who are feeling extra adventurous, Praslin’s breathtaking landscapes can be enjoyed from the air by helicopter showcasing a spectacular perspective over the island and the rest of the island.
When it comes to the perfect piece of paradise, Praslin has it all. Enchanting beaches a relaxed pace of life that makes it an ideal African island destination that you won’t want to miss.
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Welcome to The Bazaruto Archipelago, the perfect place to find peace and solitude when you just need to get away from it all. Instituted as a National Park in 1971, the islands include Santa Carolina, Bangué, Benguerra Island, Magaruque, and Bazaruto.
Here, the options are endless for how you want to spend your day. Whether you want to sip cocktails on the beach, set sail in a traditional dhow, or sway the day away in a hammock, there’s a little something for everyone here.
It’s no surprise as to why it is such a popular destination with stunning white beaches, lush palms, and shallow crystal clear blue waters. For those that take to the sea, the coral reefs here are home to over two thousand different species of fish. This being said, exploring Bazaruto Marine National Park is superb and sought after by many divers and snorkelers.
The island has much more to offer outside of the water too. The unique eco-system of the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique sustains diverse fauna and flora. Visitors exploring the islands will find huge dunes, forest, and savannah, inland lakes and wetlands.
If you are looking for endless stunning beaches, diverse marine life and shallow turquoise waters this jaw-dropping paradise has it all.
Lamu Island, Kenya
Lamu island’s old town has so much to offer tourists. It is considered to be one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in the region. As visitors make their way down winding alleys, they are taken back in time to the 8th century with its array of historic features. The island has a large Muslim community and as you make your way around town, you can hear the call to prayer from miles away.
There are many adventurous things to do on the island such as sail the traditional Dhow. The donkey and Dhow are the only forms of traditional transport, the island has only two cars, one is an ambulance for the donkeys, and the other belongs to a government official.
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