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East African Islands


Jan 12, 2022

The East African Islands are in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is by far the biggest, and a continent on its own when it comes to wildlife. Most of the smaller islands are independent nations, or associated with France, and known as luxury beach resorts.

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East African islands

A small island group in the Mozambique Channel and an historic crossroad of cultures
Expect the unexpected in the land of the lemurs and the so-called eighth continent
  Mauritius (including Rodrigues)
An island with a population mainly descended from Indian indentured labourers
Geographically and culturally part of the Comoros and formerly ruled by France as part of the Comoros, it voted to remain part of France when the rest of the Comoros opted for independence
A piece of France all the way in the Indian Ocean
A group of 115 islands northeast of Madagascar and the smallest country in Africa by both area and population

Réunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues are collectively known as the Mascarene Islands.

The region also has some small islands administered by France, without regular transportation or hospitality venues.

  • -22.36833333333340.3633333333331 Europa Island a small atoll with an unpaved airstrip.
  • -11.5547.3333333333331 The Glorioso Islands are all part of a small atoll with one airstrip and some anchorages.
  • -15.89222222222254.5247222222221 Tromelin is a small uninhabited island claimed by Mauritius.

The islands along Africa’s coast, such as Socotra, Zanzibar, Mafia Island, the Bazaruto Archipelago and Ilha de Mozambique, have natural and cultural similarities to these islands. They are described as part of their respective country.

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