Mauritius’ capital Port Louis

8 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Aerial view of Port Louis © Peter Kuchar

Aerial view of Port Louis © Peter Kuchar

Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the country and main port, which borders the Indian Ocean. It is located in the Port Louis District. The population of the administrative district was estimated at 128,483, and the urban area at 148,416 in December 2010.   read more…

Madagascar in the Indian Ocean

2 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Ankify Lodge (Dauphin Bleu) © Rvdb2

Ankify Lodge (Dauphin Bleu) © Rvdb2

Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from India around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. In 2012, the population of Madagascar was estimated at just over 22 million.   read more…

Île Sainte-Marie off the east coast of Madagascar

17 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Beach of La Crique © M worm

Beach of La Crique © M worm

Île Sainte-Marie, known (more formally) as Nosy Boraha, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. The main town is Ambodifotatra. The city covers an area of 222 km2, and has a population estimated at 16,000. The island is organized as The City of Île Sainte-Marie in Analanjirofo Region. The tourist destination is 60 km long and less than 10 km wide.   read more…

Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

1 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Zanzibar Beach © Rcastino

Zanzibar Beach © Rcastino

Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres (16–31 mi) off the coast of the mainland, and consists of numerous small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, referred to informally as Zanzibar), and Pemba. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. Its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site and is claimed to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. In particular, the islands produce cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper. For this reason, the islands, together with Tanzania’s Mafia Island, are sometimes called the Spice Islands (a term also associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia). Zanzibar is the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet, and the (possibly extinct) Zanzibar Leopard.   read more…

Dar es Salaam in Tanzania

26 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Dhow seen off the coast of Dar es Salaam © SajjadF/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dhow seen off the coast of Dar es Salaam © SajjadF/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dar es Salaam, formerly Mzizima, is Tanzania‘s largest and richest city, the largest city in eastern Africa by population, and a regionally important economic centre. It is the capital of the Dar es Salaam Region administrative province and consists of three local government areas or administrative districts: northern Kinondoni, central Ilala, and southern Temeke. The region had a population of 4,4 million. Although Dar es Salaam lost its status as the nation’s capital to Dodoma in 1974 (not completed until 1996), it remains the focus of the permanent central government bureaucracy. Dar es Salaam has heavy traffic during the daytime, but after sunset the area is relatively quiet as much of the city’s nightlife is located in more residential districts away from the city’s mainly commercial centre. The sprawling suburbs furthest from the city centre are generally populated by Tanzanians of African descent, with the exception of Oyster Bay, where there is a large population of foreign expatriates. The edges of Dar es Salaam are spreading rapidly, severely taxing the transportation network (which aside from ferries, lacks any kind of mass transit facilities) and raising the prospect of future urban overcrowding.   read more…

Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean

14 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Outrigger canoe © flickr.com - Giorgio Montersino/cc-by-sa-2.0

Outrigger canoe © flickr.com – Giorgio Montersino/cc-by-sa-2.0

Diani Beach is a major beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya (in eastern Africa). It is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Mombasa, in the nearby Kwale County.   read more…

Raja Ampat in Indonesia

10 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Raja Ampat Islands © Wibowo Djatmiko/cc-by-sa-3.0

Raja Ampat Islands © Wibowo Djatmiko/cc-by-sa-3.0

Raja Ampat Regency is a regency of West Papua province of Indonesia. The regency, which was formed based on the Law 26 of 2002, was inaugurated on 12 April 2003, and consists of a number of groups of islands situated off the northwest end of West Papua; the four main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. At present, the regency covers a land area of 8,034.44 sq.km, and had a population of 43,000 at the 2010 Census; the latest official estimate (as at January 2014) is 49,000. The principal town lies at Waisai.   read more…

Port Elizabeth on Algoa Bay

4 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - Diriye Amey/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Diriye Amey/cc-by-2.0

Port Elizabeth or The Bay is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed “The Friendly City” or “The Windy City”, stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality which has a population of over 1.3 million.   read more…

The Maldives

20 May 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Malé © Shahee Ilyas

Malé © Shahee Ilyas

The Maldives also referred to as the Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka and (250 mi) south-west of India.   read more…

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