Is Africa An Island?

Africa is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and it’s becoming more popular for travelers every year. What many people don’t know, however, is that Africa is a continent made up of 54 countries and several island nations in the Indian Ocean.

Africa is a continent of 50 countries and a hotbed of innovation. Despite its size, Africa has witnessed some of the biggest technological innovations in recent times. This article explores the most remarkable innovations from across the continent that have changed our lives for the better.

What Is Island?

An island is a landmass that is surrounded by water on all sides and also above. An island can be as big or small as you want, but in general an island ranges from 5km to 40 km across. There are many examples of islands – uninhabitable rocks floating high above the ocean floor, archipelagoes like Bermuda where some of the countries have just one piece of rock between them and sea level, atoll territories with names such as Cockburn islands and Vavae’s but no link to their namesakes, the Maldives which are made up of many atolls with a land mass only 10% the size of Singapore, etc. The list goes on.

An island is also known by its true name – because everyone knows that it doesn’t really have an excess amount of sea around it just what appears so when seen in maps. A flat is an area of ocean which lies between one country and another. This can be a matter maritime dispute, as in the case with Taiwan/China or Kuwait/Iran, it could also be an actual disputed border (Golan Heights).​

Why Is Landmass Important?

The term ‘Aland’ is used for three existing territories: The Flemish Region held by Belgium; the French southern islands including Île-de- de-la Madeleine; and the disputed Belgium/Switzerland border area called Les Chalifoux.

Island is also an app used by travelers to provide information on maps, house prices, attractions nearby etc. In a non-distracting yet visual manner for offline use or a quick reference when needed. You can download the app from their website Island   Plus. This application will be available for Android as well. There is also smaller mobile application that has been developed for many islands including the Maldives.

Australia is the largest island in the world. it has about 7,692 km (4,949 mi) of coastline along its entire length and spans six time zones from north to south. Australia is smaller than both Africa & Eurasia:

Mandatory Features of An Island

Mandatory Features of An Island

An island is able to host a population of approximately 1,000 and have regular road or rail access from its surrounding country. Furthermore, the only method of transport into an island would be by boat where the usual distance between two countries that permits these travels through water usually stretches up to 15 kilometers (as in Germany’s case).

Such islands should also meet other requirements stating that they must not exist inside another channel (through which ships can pass), on an island within another sea (i.e., Rockfall, Anglesey is situated on the edge of Liverpool’s Isle of Man basin and therefore shall be removed from consideration), or in international waters.  Furthermore, they should not have a single contiguous land mass that could divide them into multiple territories You can look at maps showing territorial integrity as follows:

residents must also hold citizenship with its country of origin. This should not be a primary residence island or major metropolitan area of the country. This should also be an area where there are no significant migratory tendencies.

The country’s land on the island must have a physical and not economic significance for that nation as such would usually result in it acquiring sovereignty over them. Additionally, these lands can only be used for military purposes or to make defensive claims over other countries through basing squadrons at certain locations on their islands (United Kingdom’s British Indian Ocean Territory). As Frances Gull ion points out, these minor, artificial islands are a critical part of the nation’s sovereignty due to their military and strategic importance.

In regards to establishing limits of territorial waters in international law (I) these islands fall outside government jurisdiction therefore would not be entitled for any fishing rights or treatment from its people as subjects, nor will they inherit any inherited maritime rights or “traditional” fisheries access licenses that other states may have made with those resources.

Why Africa is Not an Island

It is evident from the above comments that there are many islands in Africa. Some of these islands have been visited by human beings, but other islands did not even exist prior to “modern” times.  However, one thing which should be noted right away is that some of the greatest archaeological relics ever uncovered were found on African land masses! It would appear therefore as though it was inhabited or settled by people at some point near a certain era. Africa is a continent not an island. Because of this fact, the foregoing official international law as policy (United Nations Convention on the Law of Seas) also states that “Africa is not an island except from a geographical or hydrographically defined point of view.”

This statement implies one thing-the entire Continent acts like it is connected to other parts of our planet. This apparent continuity reinforces its status as belonging fully part and parcel to what constitutes modern humanity’s global civilization system. Another perhaps more significant reason that Africa is not an island, to me personally however, resembles something similar to what Noah must have experienced when the Great Flood came.

Some Famous Island From Africa Islands From The Continent:

1) Mauritius Island in South Africa Is an Island With a total area of 282 km2, it is the fifth largest Indian Ocean Island (after Seychelles Islands, Hawaii, Kosrae and Réunion). It consists of an atoll with thirty-three islands. Has tropical climate. Mauritius has been heavily influenced by Western culture; due to this cultural influence the Indian Ocean Island has several universities.

2) The second largest Horn of Africa Island (after Madagascar). Eritrea is located in the Red Sea, and it connects to Somalia via Suez Canal. However, though Eritrea is located on the Arabian Peninsula within its national boundaries, politically it constitutes a member state of OIC since 1993. The climate in Sudan’s eastern part is suitable only for prefectures with mountainous areas like Jeb El Weinert and the Red Sea coastal area.

3) Madagascar is a very small island of 116,500 km squared, located east of Mozambique. The climate in this particular island has warm tropical and wet season (June-October), followed by cooler dry season November – May; although it experiences somewhat different weather from location to location on its western coast. Here we can access some palm tree like plants with long leaves while many of them are not suitable for cultivation.  Madagascar is known as the Indian Ocean Island. The archeological evidence of human habitations dates back here to at least 200 000 years!!!

4) Canary Islands – A group of islands in the West (Atlantic, between Africa and Brazil). They were named after a people called Guanche, who inhabited these small isolated volcanic outcrops before 1492 when Spanish explorer Juan Niño Vaquero discovered them. Over the centuries, these islands became t trouble-ridden wild lands and often used as a hunting ground for pirates.

5) Cape Verde is located between North Africa (Egyptian States of Suez Canal) and Brazil, with an extension from 1492 through the Portuguese Colonization until 1975 when it was its granted independence by Portugal. It has been discovered that there are few dinosaur fossils in this part island. The climate of these places is Mediterranean.

6)Tanzania:  is a country located on the east part of Africa. It has an extension from 1 million km2, over 3rd and 4th largest population in continent. The climate here is tropical with cold dry season.

7)Praslin is another island adjacent to the Seychelles. Here we can see an amazing giant tortoise or Testudo, which is beyond imagination as it reaches 11meters long. The climate here is monsoonal and have dry summer season followed by wet one, vice versa for winter and cool spring- Summer season follows warm period of Monsoon; temperature during this rainy time is between 25 – 35 degrees Celsius.

8) Com ores:  is a country located on the northern part of Africa, West of Madagascar. It shares borders with Tanzania to East and Mozambique in South-East. The climate here is tropical and rainfall can be heavy from October – December, January – March. Qobo where dinosaur fossils are found here quite recently.

9) Madeira is an island situated 40km away from Portugal,”Porto Santo Island”, which was discovered by an Englishman, a Catholic Priest. After leaving the island for St. Helena Island (British), he set foot in this place and named it “Le Fortunate”.

10) Island Conquest: 1522 for Portugal Is colonized again by Spain when they captured Lisbon, this time by America’s Christopher Columbus of which facts were discovered in 1992 to be that his name was not Christopher but rather Brissenden Diaz Lino.


Blog Conclusion: Africa is not an island. It has been divided into five regions by the United Nations, but it is in fact a continent and one of the most populous areas on earth. The great diversity of geography, culture, language and history that characterizes this huge area is what makes it so fascinating. Let us know in the comments below if you think Africa is an island or not!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take To Get From One End Of Africa To Another End By Land And Sea?

Africa is the world’s largest continent and forms a ‘land bridge’ to other continents. It starts from North at Cape Agulhas on South East Africa’s southern tip, continues eastwards across the center of Africa (the Great Rift Valley), before turning south-west again through Egypt and Libya.

How Many Countries Are There In Africa?

There are 54 countries in Africa, 26 of which have permanent UN diplomatic missions. There are a further 54 countries that have missions in Africa but not permanent, either because they do not meet the (overly) strict criteria stipulated by the UN or their governments simply fail to comply with international conventions and commitments.

What Is The Name Of The Largest City In Africa?

Mali is the largest city in Africa, a former capital of several empires. It is located on the Niger River and has a population of over 7 million people (2011).

Does Africa Is An Island?

Africa as defined by the United Nations is a continent.

It might also be foolish to generalize and say that an arbitrary, informal ad-hoc definition of islands all over Africa (and African “islands” scattered around in other geopolitical areas) must not amount to anything but subjective, often exotic local perception. Besides the formal geologic criteria mentioned above albeit somewhat frail like marine domes forming under orogenic mountain uplifts.

Is Africa An Island Or Continent?

Africa is defined as a continent, not an island. Because Africa is a land-bridge to India, and because of the impact ocean currents have on plate movements that shift continental plates around, the Atlantic Ocean makes up most of Africa’s borders. If one travels from northern Europe all the way across southern Asia (and then past Japan before coming back again), however to at least reach some parts having travelled ‘around'(stumbling into) India in between.

Is Africa Not An Island?

An island is defined as an area of land surrounded by water and inhabited solely by a single nation. Africa’s most notable islands include Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean and Reunion Island just off Madagascar.

Is Africa The Biggest Island?

Africa is the world’s largest contiguous land mass. There are no significant islands situated on Africa or in its surrounding regions, furthermore the distinction could be subjective depending on what one considers to constitute natural and political boundaries.

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