St Helena is an isolated island in the South Atlantic with a population of around 5000. It was first discovered by Portuguese explorers in 1502 and is infamously where Napoleon was exiled to and died. Historically it has been exclusively accessible by boat, but that’s about to change with the successful landing of the first test flight from Africa.
Why am I telling you about this? I’m telling you because, if, like us, you live in Johannesburg then you are on the ONLY confirmed route to St Helena with a flight time of around 5 hours.
St Helena boasts the oldest library in the southern hemisphere, a complete lack of ATM’s and an apparently spectacular night sky. It certainly looks like an intriguing and beautiful island to explore.
Currency: St. Helena Pound
Climate: Mild (with changeable weather)
St. Helena’s brand new airport is due to open early 2016, so get looking for a booking. Flights are expected to operate weekly, with a return trip costing an estimated £500-£600. Are you going to be part of the tourism boom? I’m tempted.
Has anybody visited St Helena? Would you recommend it? What else is there to see and do? Do you live there or know somebody who does? I’d love to know more about it.
The most exhaustive information I could find about St. Helena was on their tourism site: