Top African islands worth visiting

Posted on 10 April 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Island vacations offer the chance to enjoy mesmerizing sunsets, the beauty of exotic flora and fauna, as well as turquoise-blue waters.

Africa is home to a number of islands which are worth visiting. They offer much-needed bliss, tranquil relaxation and the getaway of a lifetime.

Here are just a few African islands worth visiting:


Zanzibar is one of Africa’s most popular islands. It is the quintessential destination for superlative cultural, historical and eco-tourism beach experiences in East Africa.

At the inimitable Indian Ocean island, you can enjoy pristine white sands, scintillating turquoise-blue waters, as well as lush tropical vegetation. The must-visit destination offers plenty to see and explore, making it worthy of a spot on your bucket list.


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Located in East Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. The destination is truly a land of wonder and mystique. It is also a paradise of rainforests, beaches and reefs.

What’s more, it boasts a plethora of unique flora and fauna. In fact, many of the animal species found in Madagascar cannot be found anywhere else in the world. If you are a true nature lover, a trip to Madagascar is absolutely worth considering.

Cape Verde

Sal, Cape Verde (Image: Unsplash / Victor Svistunov)

Cape Verde is a beautiful small island in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of West Africa. It caters for different budgets, with accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels to all-inclusive beach resorts.

The island destination possesses a timeless charm, stunning beaches and a lively music scene. If you desire to have a good time on a beautiful island, Cape Verde is worth considering.


Image: Mauritius Stay Lux Grand Baie

The island of Mauritius offers a beautiful blend of African, European and Indian influences. It boasts a kind of beauty that is beyond words and is home to unique wildlife, waterfalls and lush forests.

The destination is also a world-class spot for water activities such as scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. Mauritius is a must-visit for different travellers, including adrenaline junkies, couples and leisure seekers.


Situated towards the east of Kenya, Seychelles Archipelago holds 115 paradise islands. Travel enthusiasts are attracted to the destinations’s white sand beaches and inviting waters which are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

For foodies, Seychelles cuisine offers a beautiful blend of African, European and Asian influences. The destination also boasts a number of luxury beach resorts and hotels, making it the go-to destination for many honeymooners.

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