Africa as a continent, is one of the travel destinations I’ll classify under the ‘hidden gems’ of vacations spots. It seems not many people know what beauty lies ahead when it comes to these breathtaking and mesmerizing islands in Africa.
There are so many beautiful countries in Africa to put on your 2018 travel bucket list right away. In the list below are 17 islands in no particular order. Get packing to beat that FOMO!
1. Greater Accra, Ghana
Ghana is a country in the Western part of Africa with lots of beautiful beaches and sunsets. The picture above is of the famous Labadi beach which is a private beach managed by the hotels on the coast.
It is one of the most famous beaches in Accra and home to a lot of travellers. For the love of waking up to fresh ocean breeze or for the love of a boat cruise, there’s still a lot more to do between activities.
Seychelles is made up of 115 beautiful islands with clear, blue water. It is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Eastern Africa. Seychelles has numerous beaches, coral reefs, and nature reserves. It is one of the best places to consider for an island vacation.
Seychelles is famously known as ‘The Paradise of Africa’. Perfect for animal lovers too; it is home to a lot of rare animals, the giant Aldabra tortoise, and gorgeous butterflies.
Snorkeling, kayaking, horse riding, hiking are just a few to name of things to do in Seychelles. Also perfect for a romantic getaway, weddings, and honeymooners.
3. Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the northern part of Tanzania. This place is home to these wildlife: elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalos, and rhinos popularly known as the ‘Big 5’.
You may want to check out the Ngorongoro Crater which the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera.
4. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Zanzibar island is the main island in the Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. Zanzibar island is a breathtaking spot to escape the world from.
Zanzibar flourishes with clear turquoise blue water and white sands perfect for wading and kayaking. The beautiful coral reefs is home to myriads of sea animals perfect for snorkeling.
5. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. It is the second-most populous urban area in South Africa after Johannesburg.
The pristine beaches of Cape Town are top among the reasons people make their way to the city every year. With the spectacular backdrop of the Cape Fold Mountain range, the Mother City’s beaches are of the most scenic in the world with the coastal city bordered by both the Indian Ocean and Atlantic Ocean.
6. Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya consists of savannahs, lakelands, the magnificent Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. Nairobi, which is Kenya’s capital, is also home to wildlife like lions, elephants, rhinos, impalas and hyenas.
Visiting the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park are a must if you are interested in wildlife and also for a view of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro from these parks.
7. Mombasa, Kenya
The city of Mombasa is Kenya’s main tourist attraction. Located on the Eastern coastline of Kenya, this city is known for its diverse marine life, world-class hotels and very friendly atmosphere.
Th giant aluminum tusks pictured above can be found on Moi Avenue and holds quite a story behind it.
8. Nosy Be, Madagascar
Nosy Be can be found off Madagascar’s northwestern’s coast. Animal lovers can find chameleons, geckos and frogs at the Lokobe Reserve shelter.
The island of Nosy Be remains relatively exclusive.
9. Bom Bom Island, São Tomé and Principe
São Tomé and Príncipe include two islands and several islets, among them, Bombom island. Bom Bom means ‘Good Good’ in Portuguese.
A very photogenic wooden walkway connects Bom Bom Island where the restaurant, bar and marina are found, with the bungalows and pool area on mainland Príncipe. Bird watching, boat trips, diving and snorkeling are at your fingertips on this island.
10. Sal, Cape Verde
The Cape Verde islands, or Cabo Verde (as they’re locally known) truly earn their nickname with the glorious weather, vibrant Creole culture and snow-white beaches of Sal.
Sal is the archipelago’s most popular island for holiday-makers. With golden sandy beaches sinking into azure waters, it’s no surprise why.
11. Djerba, Tunisia
Djerba island can be found off the coast of Tunisia. Tunisia is known for Mediterranean beaches desert towns influenced by Berber, Arab, Jewish and African cultures.
Djerba has long been the hidden jewel of the Mediterranean. It has sparkling beaches, perfect climate and whitewashed domed houses.
12. Praslin, Seychelles
Praslin island is the second largest in Seychelles. It’s known for palm-fringed beaches, like Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio, both bordered by large granite boulders.
Praslin is home to fantastic beaches and intimate hotels and resorts. If you do decide to go, look forward to soaking up the sun while you keep a sunglassed eye out for the rare bird species that fly over Praslin skies.
13. Bazaruto Archipelago
Bazaruto Archipelago is made up of six islands located off the coast of Southern Mozambique. As pictured above, Bazaruto sandbanks stretches into miles before hitting the ocean.
The Bazaruto Archipelago has clear, turquoise waters filled with colourful fish, and offers diving, snorkelling and bird watching. It makes a perfect getaway in the Indian Ocean and is astonishingly picturesque.
14. Mambo Island, Malawi
Mumbo Island Camp is situated on a pristine and otherwise-deserted island in Lake Malawi, itself lying within an exclusive concession area and part of the Lake Malawi National Park.
Surrounded by nature, guests can enjoy a tranquil environment and barefoot luxury during their stay. Prominent activities include; kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving enable guests to explore the islands.
15. Mauritius Island
Mauritius Island. Mauritius, known officially as the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation located off the southeast coast of the African continent in the Indian Ocean.
It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline; a tropical paradise with tons to do. Mauritius is said to be one of the best tourist islands in Africa.
16. Mayotte Island
Mayotte is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean located between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique.
It’s a department and region of France, though traditional Mayotte culture is most closely related to that of the neighboring Comoros islands.
17. Moheli, Comoros
Moheli is a destination for those who want to disappear for a while. Getting there isn’t easy, but those who persevere are rewarded by its wonderful birdlife, beautiful beaches and deep diving.
You will be charmed by the authenticity of the villagers, the untamed nature and the remoteness of the destination.