#KnowYourContinent: Meet Seychelles, Africa’s Islands that are second to none

by Toyosi Yusuff

Today we take  a trip to Seychelles …

Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles, République des Seychelles) is Africa’s second to none Islands.

The Seychelles are a group of islands located 1,500 kilometers off the East coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, a few hundred miles North of Madagascar.

The country is an archipelago (collection) of about 115 islands which are almost equally split between those made out of granite whilst the others are composed coral.

It is home to many talented artists, mostly resident on Mahe, where several galleries exist. Visitors can regularly visit the artist’s home gallery and buy originals or prints if desired.

The climate is pleasant, although it is also rather humid with temperatures ranging from a minimum of 24 to a maximum of 29 degrees Celsius. Additionally the islands are not prone to high winds so it is a relatively safe place to settle in.

The largest island is Mahe where 90 per cent of the population live and where the capital Victoria which is also the largest city is situated. Elevation is quite high on the islands with Mahe having hills that are over 900 metres above sea level.

Her Motto is The End crowns the work and gained independence from the British on June 29, 1976. Seychellois Creole is the locally spoken language with English as the official language and French heavily spoken and doubles as a second language.

The currency is Seychelles Rupie (SCR) which is valued to the US Dollar as 1 USD = 12.2813 SCR. Also her calling code is +248.

Just like Nigeria, the left hand driving system is practiced; visitors and tourists are able to rent cars only on Mahé and Praslin. Small cars can be rented for around €35-€45 per day but drivers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and at least three years of driving experience.

The Islands have James Michel as President and Danny Faure as his Vice and the National Assembly as its legislature.

Natural resources found here are fish, copra, cinnamon trees coupled with agricultural produce such as coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (tapioca), bananas, poultry and tuna.

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Toyosi Yusuff is a final year Mass Communication student at Babcock University. He tweets from @Toysley

 

 

Post Author: Y! Editor