African Island VacationOff the African coast there are paradisiacal islands that invite you to dream. Untouched white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and selected exclusive accommodations. Barefoot luxury on Zanzibar and Pemba, or heaven on earth for water sports enthusiasts; Mauritius. Enjoy a romantic getaway on the private Fanjove Island or the Seychelles. Marvel at pristine coral reefs while diving in the Bazaruto Archipelago off Mozambique.
Zanzibar is an island full of culture and history, the Zanzibar archipelago is in the Indian Ocean and consists of the larger islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. Due to the wide variety of spices that are grown on the island's many plantations, Zanzibar is also known as the “Spice Island”. The island's capital, Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, offers a maze of winding streets, bustling marketplaces, beautifully carved wooden doors, breathtaking mosques, and great Arab residences. Another attraction is the Jozani Forest Reserve - home to the rare cherry red colobus monkey and the Duiker vein. Off the northeast coast of Zanzibar lies Mnemba, an idyllic private island with luxurious accommodations and a breathtaking landscape.
A multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a small and impressive island that remained inhabited until the arrival of the Dutch in 1598. In 1715, five years after the Dutch, the French arrived, followed by the British, who stayed until Mauritius gained its independence. The land is known worldwide for being the only natural habitat we know of extinct dodo. Since this beautiful and fascinating bird was heavy and unable to fly, it was easy prey for European settlers.
Off the coast of southern Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago is a paradise for divers. Most of it is a protected national park, and divers can still marvel at pristine coral reefs. There are also many types of colorful fish, whale sharks, dolphins, manta rays, mackerel and more in the marine life. If divers are lucky, they may even spot the elusive and fascinating dugong. Bazaruto is also the ideal place to relax and feast on prawn platters.
Pemba is part of the Zanzibar Archipelago and lies between Zanzibar and the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Its Arabic name means “Green Island”, an apt name when you consider the lush landscape with thickly overgrown hills. Crossed by clove plantations, these hills are separated from the island's secret bays and white sandy beaches by a belt of dense mangrove forest. While the ocean itself is home to some of the most pristine coral reefs in East Africa. With far fewer crowds and less tourist infrastructure than neighboring Zanzibar, this is an off the beaten path for those who want to experience authentic island life in addition to world-class diving and fishing.
The Seychelles are a republic made up of around 160 different islands. The largest islands in the Seychelles, Mahé, La Digue and Praslin, are gorgeous. A place where breathtaking granite rocks, white beaches, tropical jungles, and a crystal-clear sea, almost like a picture book, can be found. A dreamy tropical getaway.
This exquisite natural environment is a unique source of energy. You only share this private island with the diverse underwater world and the dedicated staff, who take care of your well-being in a respectful and cautious manner. The intact coral reef stretches for many miles. The abundant wildlife includes spinner dolphins, green turtles, and humpback whales. Time seems to stand still on Fanjove. A pristine paradise awaits you, which is still as nature conjured it up. Only the lighthouse from the 19th Century and some architectural remains of a former fishing village settlement suggests an earlier occupation. African Island Vacation.