Flung far into the Atlantic Ocean 1,200 miles from the western coast of Africa, the forgotten island of St Helena stands alone as one of the remotest islands in the world. Its pristine volcanic peaks, sand dunes and lush green hills make up a rugged paradise that, though just 47 square miles, is home to 400 endemic bird and plant species.
The island’s superb biodiversity and untouched landscapes have long attracted a handful of savvy travellers and keen wildlife enthusiasts who could only reach St Helena by taking a five day voyage by boat from Cape Town. In late 2016 an airport is due to open on the island, allowing short flights from Johannesburg.
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