Here are some interesting Seychelles Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
To see the location of the Seychelles, look for the name on the map and zoom in (click on the + sign to the left) to see the many tiny islands dotted in the Indian Ocean.
The Seychelles islands are situated in the Indian Ocean over 1,500 km/932 miles to the east of the African continent. The Seychelles are 115 islands of which 43 belong to the Inner islands and 72 belong to 5 coral atolls and the reefs of the Outer islands. The many islands of varying size extend between 4 and 10 degrees south of the Equator. The islands are a 4 hours flight from Dubai and 5 hours flight from Johannesburg/South Africa, 12 hours flight from London/UK.
For many, the Seychelles are a typical tropical island paradise. There are splendid sandy beaches, people lead a more relaxed lifestyle and the weather is always summery warm. There are many attractions tourists can explore when visiting the beautiful Indian Ocean islands.
There are so many exciting places, amazing white sandy beaches, picturesque towns and villages, ancient military ruins to visit, please make sure you come back to this site again, as we will add more information on places to visit.
Seychelles history dates back to 200-300AD. The Arab seafarers first recorded seeing the Aldabra atoll of the Seychelles in the 9th century. Later in the 15th century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama passed the islands on this route around Africa and Asia. However, the many islands remained uninhabited until the French explorer Lazaré Picault and his men first permanently settled on Mahé island in 1770. The British arrived in 1814 and from then on the population on the islands grew. Victoria, the main settlement on Mahé, was an exile for many troublemakers from the British mainlands and became the capital and is named in honour of Queen Victoria. Farms, and estates, were established and produced coconuts, exotic fruits as well as cotton and sugar cane. From the mid 20th century, the people struggled to become their own country and in 1976, the Seychelles finally became an independent nation within the Commonwealth nations.
Did you know? The Seychelles islands are names after King Louis XV's finance minister whose name was Jean Moreau de Séchelles.
The Seychelles have the smallest population of any African independent country and are one of the most prosperous and rich countries on the continent.
Over half of the total population of 92,000 people live in urban area, that means in the capital city or in larger towns. Almost 90% of the people living on the Seychelles islands live on the biggest island Mahé which counts 80,000 inhabitants. The kids start school at the age of six years and then will go to school for 13 years. Children start with reading and writing in Creole and at school also learn English and French.
French, English and Seychelles Creole (Seselwa) are the main languages in the Seychelles. English is considered by many as the main business language, there are also newspapers, TV and radio news available in French. However, most people speak Seychelles Creole at home, and it is widely spoken in schools and shops as well. This language is French based and similar to the creole spoken on the islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. Asian languages such as Tamil, Urdu, Hindi or Mandarin are spoken by the Indian and Chinese population.
Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and exotic fruits are the main agricultural products in the Seychelles.
Seychellois main dishes contain: fish and seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits as well as rice. The cuisine is well known for its freshness, exotic spices and tropical fruits.
The Seychellois cuisine has many influences. Asian, Indian, European specialties all can be found in the local cuisine. Try to visit also the food markets in the major towns such as the one in Mahe. Here is a picture of a typical Seychellois food.
Here are some typical Seychelles food and dishes:
The many islands of the Seychelles archipelago are a sanctuary for many rare and unique animals and plants.
There are also the beautiful Seychelles bird called 'Paradise Flycatcher', the black parrots and blue pigeons are just some of the many colourful birds living on the islands. Then there are the plankton-eating whale shark and giant tortoises which the islands are famous for. The 'flying foxes' are the only wild animals on the islands, but they are also often eaten as a delicacy. The tortoises are in fact not only huge, but also the heaviest land tortoises in the world.
Many of these giant tortoises live on Bird Island, which is known also for its millions of sooty terns.
The islands have several nature reserves to protect the rare animals and plants. Among the unique plants are the jellyfish trees, of which are only 8 trees left and the palm trees with the huge coco-de-mer seeds.
…the Coco-de-mer is the largest seed in the world. It is also known as 'double coconut'. The seed grows to half a meter in diameter/20inches and weighs up to 30kg/4.5stone!
Source for Seychelles Facts page: Seychelles Tourism Board/Thanks to Shelley Martin/LloydOrr. CIA World Fact Book. Image Credits on Seychelles Facts: Seychelles Tourism Board and shutterstock.com, Image of school children by DKO/Shutterstock.com
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