Idyllic Islands in the Indian Ocean
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There’s something very special about Seychelles. This castaway clutch of islands is a tropical paradise with an extra twist. Not only home to some of the world’s softest, purest sands and clearest turquoise waters, Seychelles also boasts some of the world’s friendliest locals, an inspiring cultural diversity and a host of truly stunning scenery. Even better, wherever you stay and whatever you do, you’ll be worlds away from a crowd. It’s utter barefoot bliss, but that’s only the beginning.
Marooned in the middle of the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar and east of Zanzibar, this remote location has kept Seychelles secluded from mass tourism and preserved their sleepy, sultry ways. There are 115 tiny islands in total and many of these are either uninhabited or dedicated nature reserves. Each island is topped with a lush tropical forest, fringed by pristine white sands, surrounded by azure waters and drenched in sunshine. There are 43 inner islands and 72 smaller satellite outer islands. Let’s just say that you’ll be totally spoilt for choice!
The Seychellois - the local people - are a magically mixed bunch. Ruled first by the French and then by the British until 1976, the Seychellois have ancestry drawn from all 4 corners of the earth. Exiles were sent here to stay out of trouble, freed slaves settled down, adventurers weighed anchor and Arab, Persian, Chinese and Indian traders all passed through these shores. As a result, the Seychelles is a colourful cultural melting pot. It is a peaceful Creole nation with huge diversity and a big heart.
Seduced? Well, there’s more good news! With a balmy tropical climate and fresh sea breeze, Seychelles is a great place to visit all year round. Strictly speaking, the seasons are ruled by the trade winds. The northwestern trades bring warmer and wetter weather from November to March, although the rain tends to arrive in short sharp bursts between long bouts of sunshine. From May to September, the trade winds blow in from the south east, bringing drier weather with brisker breezes. The shoulder months of April and October are calm, warm and windless, making them brilliant months to whisk yourself off to an island paradise.
Beyond the postcard-perfect beaches, you’ll find wild waterfalls, giant tortoises, huge coral atolls and jungle valleys filled with coco de mer palm trees. If you manage to tear yourself away from your sun lounger (which is tricky), Seychelles have plenty of adventure in store. Climb towering granite peaks, hike through overgrown trails, snorkel amongst sea turtles, dive into impossibly clear waters or hire a sailboat and live out all of your Robinson Crusoe fantasies. With 2 UNESCO-protected sites and a sparkling ocean to explore on your doorstep, there’s something for everyone in the Seychelles.
If you’re staying in Seychelles for just a few days after your safari, it’s best to pick one island and use it as a base. Trust us, whichever one you choose, you can’t go far wrong. Staying in one place will give you plenty of time to unwind, soak up the sunshine and get ready to step back into reality. If you’ve got a little more time to play with, you can indulge in a spot of island-hopping, dividing your trip between 2 or 3 different islands. This way, you can explore the huddle of exotic islands from every angle, guaranteeing you an unbeatable tropical adventure.
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An island-hopping holiday in Seychelles is a route straight into a Robinson Crusoe style fantasy. It’s a world of giant pink boulders tumbling out of tropical jungle onto powdery white sands. Hopping from one sun-kissed slice of paradise to another, you’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of Seychelles. It’s somewhere stunning to be stranded for a week or two.
Mixing South Africa with Seychelles will give you unforgettable Big 5 game drives followed by a tropical desert island escape. It’s one of the ultimate safari and sunshine combinations. First, you’ll explore the African bushveld on the safari of a lifetime and then you’ll retreat to a picture-perfect beach paradise to recharge your batteries. What could possibly be better?
Blending the world’s most spectacular wildlife with the planet’s most perfect beaches, a trip to Kenya and Seychelles is twin-centre supreme. First, you’ll race across the Masai Mara at sunset, scouring the savanna for herds of elephant and playful lion cubs. Then, fly directly to Seychelles for a dreamy dose of tropical sunshine.