The African Archipelago
The Republic of Seychelles is a country comprised of a group of 115 islands, located several miles off the eastern coast of Africa. In technical terms, it is an archipelago, which means a group of islands. According to historians, Seychelles has been uninhabited during early recorded history. However, it has occasionally been used by pirates and traders, due to its vital position between Africa and Asia. It has been a part of the British empire until it gained its independence in 1976, although some territories in Seychelles are still considered as French regions. Consequently, the presence of French and British settlers has given it a unique position among other African countries, in terms of culture, cuisine, language, political atmosphere, and economy. Most of Seychelles residents speak Seychellois Creole, which is derivative of French. It is closely followed by French, and lastly English.
Today, Seychelles is governed by an elected president and head of government. It is one of the few countries in Africa that has a high Human Development Index, as well as a high GDP per capita. Although, there’s also a high level of income disparity and uneven distribution of wealth, which has led to high levels of poverty. Nonetheless, Seychelles remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa.
African Beauty & Western Culture
What makes Seychelles a very special destination is the breathtaking nature of its beaches. With 115 islands and countless beach spots, it’s almost too hard for tourists to choose which spots to distribute their time upon. However, whichever spot they pick, one thing is for sure: Seychelles beaches are picturesque and serenely quiet.
What makes them most popular is their peaceful, uncrowded quality, which can’t be found in other more populated beaches around the world. Seychelles actually has the smallest population in Africa, at just under 95 thousand people, giving it the peaceful qualities that make it special. But for adventurers and wildlife lovers, it still has a lot to offer. Its undisturbed coral reefs, combined with a unique blend of both marine and wildlife, makes diving, snorkelling, and hiking some of the most popular activities for tourists and locals as well. There are also several places which are havens for bird enthusiasts, like Aride, Cousin, and the world famous Bird Island. Another strong pillar of Seychelles tourist attraction is its cuisine. Mainly dependent on seafood, it has a collection of unique dishes that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Seychelles is also home to a fascinating collection of tropical fruits, adding to its already wide range of cuisine options.
A Dynamic Atmosphere
Seychelles is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most closely watched and dynamic countries. The special circumstances of its history have made it an interesting case study for post-colonial nations as well as tourism-dependent economies. One thing is for sure, though, Seychelles is on the road to full economic and cultural development, through an ever-growing tourism sector and governmental efforts to revive several other sectors of the economy like farming and fishing, real-estate, and manufacturing.