Victoria Commonwealth Walkway

Seychelles / Africa

Seychelles is composed of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It is known for its beautiful tropical vegetation, beaches, coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life. Seychelles is one of the smallest countries in the world. It is made up of two main island groups. First being the Mahé group (40 islands) which is more central and mountainous. The other being the (70 islands) more flat coralline islands. The highest point in Seychelles is Morne Seychellois at 905 meters. The coralline islands, on the other hand, only rise a few feet above sea level. In addition, Seychelles has very few inhabitants. Around four-fifths of the inhabitants reside on Mahé. Seychelles has a mixed population. The original French colonists along with black slaves joined in the 19th century by deportees from France. Later, Asians from China, Malaya and India arrived in small numbers. This led to intermarriage. Following the French exploration of these islands in 1742, this country was controlled by many different colonises. It wasn’t until 1975 that self-government was granted, and 1976, independence. The official language in Seychelles is Creole. However, both French and English are recognised. Furthermore, most of the population are Roman Catholic, but there are also Anglican, Hindus and Muslims. Capital The Capital and largest island in Seychelles is Victoria. It is situated on the island of Mahé. It is one of the smallest capitals in the world. You can explore the entire city on foot in less than a day. That being said, Victoria is where the majority of the population live. One-third of the people of Mahé Island live in Victoria. Victoria is the Seychelles business and central hub. Here you will find the National Botanical Gardens, the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception as well as many other attractions. Victoria is also the only port on the islands.
  • Some of the rarest species of birds can be found in Seychelles, including the bare-legged Scops Owl or Syer. This specific owl is so rare it was once thought to have become extinct but was rediscovered in 1959. 
  • Bird Island is home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild.
  • James Bond author Ian Fleming visited Seychelles in 1958 looking for adventure and inspiration for his then-latest collection of stories, For Your Eyes Only.
  • Breadfruit is very popular on Seychelles and can be eaten in a variety of ways from fried to boiled. Legend has it that anyone who eats it while on the islands will return someday.
 

2.5 miles / 4.1 kilometres

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