Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius and provides a gateway from which to explore everything this island has to offer. A must-see landmark in Port Louis is Aapravasi Ghat – a World Heritage Site which was the landing point for indentured labourers during the 19th century. Alternatively, the Caudan Waterfront is perfect for those seeking a spot of retail therapy.
Also known as Antsiranana, this Madagascan city is the largest in the northern part of the island and is situated close to a mesmerising and beautiful bay. Lined with traditional architecture and vibrant markets which are steeped in French colonial charm, the natural bay is undoubtedly the main highlight of this city and is one of the largest on earth.
Nosy Komba is a volcanic island off the coast of mainland Madagascar. The peak of the island is surrounded by dense tropical forests and rises to an altitude of 622 metres. The island is known for its many beaches, emerald waters and volcanic rocks, as well as being home to many varieties of Makis.
The Aldabra Atoll is the world’s largest coral atoll and, as a result of being difficult to access, it has been virtually untouched by humans. Four islands enclose a shallow lagoon, which provides an excellent environment for the world’s largest population of giant tortoises, with 152,000 residing within the atoll. Aldabra’s status as being naturally significant has subsequently resulted in it becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Situated just off the eastern coast of the African mainland is the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar – which world-renowned for its gorgeous and pristine white sand beaches. The Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is renowned for its blend of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African architectural styles. It is also worth noting that Zanzibar is one of the few places on earth where saffron is grown and it is possible to visit farms dedicated to spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.