It is no surprise that Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is one of the most widely published books in history. Island life has occupied the daydreams of young and old since it was first released in 1719... and the remote locations of the Indian Ocean are the perfect antidote to this island fantasy. What better destination for a year-end escape?
Zanzibar; Even the name rings the romance of Africa's spice island. Cloves and coconuts are still the major export; though increasing numbers of tourists are returning each year to soak in balmy blue waters, miles of coral sand and underwater wonderlands begging to be explored. Stone Town is an ancient sultanate, a mystifying maze of alleyways, colourful bazaars, tropical aromas and traditional dhows moored in the bay. The Island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, is also the birthplace of Freddie Mercury!
Seychelles; A fantasy archipelago of over 100 islands lying 1,500 kilometres off the East Coast of Africa. Most of the islands are idyllic private paradise settings with impossibly turquoise waters washing some of the earth's most beautiful settings. This is one unspoiled island paradise not to miss, particularly since the threat of sea-level rise could spell the end of most of these wondrous (but low lying) locations one day.
Mauritius; This fertile island offers every attraction for the perfect island getaway. Capital, Port Lois is the commercial hub and bustling port to this island community of just over 1 million inhabitants: a glorious mix of African, Indian, Chinese and European cultures. Apart from luxurious holiday resorts on breathtakingly beautiful beaches promising superb water sports, there are plenty of other distractions, from day trips into the lush interior and duty-free shopping, to an enchanting mix of cuisines to sample.
Speak to our Uyaphi consultants for an unforgettable Island break on one of these idyllic locations.\