The Seychelles, the smallest Island in Africa is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. The neighbouring mainland countries are Somalia and Madagascar. Though the country is small it is actually made up of 73 coral islands and 42 inner islands. The capital is Victoria on the main island Mahe, where almost 80% of the country lives on. The local currency is the Seychellois Rupee (SCR).
Fun Fact: Seychelles has the largest population on giant tortoises in the world!
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So, let’s break this country up into PARTS.
Though the Seychelle population is the smallest in Africa. The natives are pretty diverse. The different ethnic groups are Creole (mixed East African and Malagasy Heritage), French, Indian, Chinese and Arabs. The official languages are English, French and Seychellois Creole with some other languages spoken too.
With picturesque beaches and UNESECO World Heritage Sites, Seychelles is a dream island. So why not visit the following.
Aldabra Atoll; this UNESECO World heritage site only allows 1,000 people to visit each year. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll get to see the largest population of giant tortoises in their natural habitats.
Climb Morne Seychellois. Why not trek up the highest mountain on the island.
Head to the beach! Seychelles has some of the world’s most amazing beaches with crystal blue water and white sandy beaches. It’s perfect for divers and sun soakers, you’re sure to fall in love with them whichever island you go to.
Botanical gardens. These lush gardens located on Mahe island show off the country’s vast biodiversity with hundreds of plants and wildlife calling this place their home.
Sychelles Natural history museum in Victoria is a great place to head to learn about the country’s culture and history.
Victoria market is a great place to get some fresh local food, you can also do a bit of shopping too!
Rituals and Culture
The majority of the population are Catholics with Protestant being the second largest religion. Breadfruit (local fruit), Coconut curry, Grilled fish and Shark Chutney are some of the country’s specialties.
– The law on the island for tourists is that you must pay for your trip (accommodation, tours, car hire etc) in foreign currency. So, make sure you take your card and a popular currency with you ($/£/€)
For more travel advice check out; FCO: Travel Advice
Outside of the UK: Please check your government’s travel advice carefully.