Which is the smallest country in Africa by land mass?
And the answer: Seychelles.
Located about 1000 miles off the coast of Kenya, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. It has a total land area of less than 300 square miles and is known for its lush vegetation, beautiful beaches, and variety of marine life.
Since gaining its independence from England in 1976, Seychelles has become one of the most favorable vacation destinations in the world. French, English and Seychellois Creole are spoken among native populations, as a history of European, African and Asian influences converge in the region. Meanwhile, an impressive variety of marine life and vegetation populate the small islands— in fact, around 80 species of plant are found only in Seychelles. Additionally, the largest and heaviest land tortoise living in the wild makes her home in Seychelles, clocking in at a whopping 670 pounds (and, if you were wondering, her name is Esmerelda).
The capital of the Republic of Seychelles, Victoria, is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. The entire city is accessible by foot, and can be covered in less than a day. It is the only port of the archipelago, and the only town in all of Seychelles.
The coco de mer, a species of plant native to the islands, produces the largest seed in the world. The distinctly shaped nut can weigh up to 33 pounds! (Try fitting that one in your nutcracker...)
Learn more about Seychelles biodiversity, culture and history here.