Islands and old cities. If I were to pick two places off the top of my head to exist forever, those would be my choices.
From books to movies set in any of those scenes, you have me sold. I don’t exactly have a bucket list but there’s definitely a mental one of places I’d love to live in. Even if it was just for a little while. Planning my dream getaway? Islands and old cities. My honeymoon? (LOOOL) Islands and old cities still.
Did you know though that you could stay right here in Africa and and lounge in an exotic island? Sip coconut water by clear waters and strut that bikini bod you’ve been working on on white sand beaches? Feel that ocean breeze and island sun on your skin and know life is good! I’ll show you…
Islands of Africa
When holidays on beaches are mentioned, the first name that pops into mind is Miami. For others maybe The Bahamas or Tahiti. I know I’m guilty of that too. Until I started to look for islands besides the aforementioned and Madagascar which I never really checked out because ‘see finish’, I didn’t know of the treasures we possessed. I was so blown away. Here are few of them;
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Zanzibar is an archipelago (a collection of islands) located in Tanzania. The capital is Zanzibar city. It is located in East Africa, in the Indian Ocean which is 25-50km off the coast of the mainland. It consists of many small ones and two large ones.
Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper.
Known mainly for its beautiful beaches and rich culture. It is very big on tourism and craft.
Praslin Island, Seychelles
Praslin is a famous tourist island in Seychelles. It is the second largest in Seychelles and has several hotels, beaches and resorts. With an array of exotic birds and other animals, it is definitely one of those places to add on to vacation list.
Nosy Be, Madagascar
Nosy Be is known to be Madagascar’s largest and busiest island. The name being the first thing to catch your attention only makes you anxious as to what the island holds. Nosy Be means ‘Big Island’ in Malagasy (bet you didn’t know that’s what the language was called , huh?…….me neither.)
There’s a natural reserve called the ‘Lokobe Special Nature Reserve’ a beautiful place to explore in Nosy Be. There’s also a music festival that takes place in May. Are you a rum lover? The sugar cane production in this region promises a lot of that. Nosy be is the most developed tourist center in Madagascar and holds a large number of resorts.
Boa Vista, Cape Verde
Boa Vista is nicknamed ‘The Island of the dunes’. With it’s original name meaning “good view”, I can say this island was appropriately named. It is adorned with sand dunes and known for its traditional music, marine turtles and beautiful beaches. The aesthetics of nature’s contrast on this island is breathtaking cos it all comes together beautifully.
Tarkwa Bay, Nigeria
The Lagos coast in Nigeria is surrounded by an array of islands one of which is the Tarkwa Bay island. Only accessible by boat it gives you a chance to view popular locations on your commute there. Located some kilometers away from the constant bustle of the Lagos city it is a nice place to relax and have fun.
With the passing cargo ships and a few wreaked ones it gives off a very picturesque vibe and would be a perfect location for photographs. Further away from the beach, about a 30 minute walk is the 110-year old Lagos harbor lighthouse located at a nearby beach called Lighthouse beach.
These are just a handful of the the treasures that Africa holds. Are you rethinking your vacation plans just yet? I know I am. I’ll be looking up more places like this and keeping you posted . If you however know of any places to share, leave us a comment below and let us know.
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