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The Seychelles Treasure
The famous French pirate, Olivier LeVasseur (known as La Buse or The Buzzard) is reputed to have deposited a vast hoard of treasure somewhere on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles.  A French privateer during the War of the Spanish Succession, he is well known for his extraodinary show of bravado on the gallows, where he was executed in 1730.   He allegedly threw a scrap of paper into the crowd and shouted, ‘Find my treasure, he who can.’  It still remains to be found.




 

Our clients are mainly drawn to these countries because they are fantastic beach destinations and, as such, our recommendations for places to go are based around the accommodation. For more information please therefore refer to the 'Places to Stay' section.

Beyond the coastal regions, there are a number of inland attractions in Mauritius and Mozambique and should you wish to explore these countries in more detail, we would be pleased to provide you with further information as to the kinds of places you might like to visit.

 

Mozambique

Mozambique lies along the east coast of Africa, beneath Tanzania and above South Africa and has a huge 1,500 mile coastline.  The country’s Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the most beautiful coastal destinations of the entire African continent with wonderful, white, sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and pristine coral reefs inhabited by multi-coloured tropical fish. 

The archipelago was once part of the Mozambique mainland but over hundreds of years the lower lying areas were slowly reclaimed by the ocean leaving a series of islands behind, the main ones being  Bazaruto, Benguerra and Magarque.  The marine and coastal eco-system here is characterised by tidal flats, marine grass meadows and, further inland, mangrove swamps, freshwater lakes, vegetated sand dunes and swamp forests, playing host to a plethora of interesting fish and birdlife.

 

Mauritius

Mauritius is a small, volcanic island that lies 500 miles across the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar.  Rising steeply in the south, it slopes gently down to the northern coast with a chain of unusually shaped mountains in its interior.  Although the island is dotted with volcanic lakes and craters, there are no longer any active volcanoes here.  Mauritius is surrounded by a coral reef, which has given rise to beautiful, long expanses of pale, sandy beaches fringed by casuarinas and eucalyptus trees.  There are  stretches of wild, rugged coastline too, where gaps in the reef allow crashing waves to batter the dramatic, black cliffs.

 

The Seychelles

The Seychelles lies about 1,000 miles off the coast of East Africa and comprises an estimated 115 coral islands.  Home to some of the most sensational beach getaways in the world, here you really will discover the perfect island paradise of fabulous beaches, gorgeous, warm, clear seas and astonishingly beautiful places to stay. 

The central islands of the Seychelles are granite (the main three being Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) with the outlying islands being coral atolls.  Casuarinas and coconut palms make up the predominant vegetation with lovely orchids, bourgainvilleas, hibiscuses and gardenias providing plenty of colour.  The islands have a thriving and varied birdlife too – with enchanting lovebirds and sunbirds a common sight. 

 

With thanks to Benguerra Lodge, Taj Hotels and the Banyan Tree for use of images

 
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