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Anjouan

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Introduction

Anjouan is an autonomous island in the Indian Ocean that forms part of the Comoros. Its chief town is Mutsamudu. The second most important (and the most populous) city on Anjouan is Domoni.

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Geography

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Sights and Activities

Mount Ntingui

The hard and sleep climb from Lac Dzialandzé up to the normally cloud-covered summit of 1595meter high Mount Ntingui is tough but rewarding. As it is the highest point on Anjouan, on a rare clear day, you will have stunning views over all four of the islands of the archipelago that makes up the Comoros.

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Events and Festivals

New Year

Both New Year’s Days (January 1st and the Islamic New Year) are celebrated with much gusto in the Comoros. The Islamic New Year is of particular interest as it is marked by a wide range of activities that embrace the local culture and traditions, including religious rituals.

Independence Day

Comorian independence is celebrated every July 6 to commemorate the nation’s freedom from colonialism. Like other events on the islands, the festivities are marked with good food, cultural presentations and merriment.

Eid al-Adha

Eid al-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice is a celebration of Abraham’s willingness to give up his son (Ishmael) in obedience to God. It is an annual Islamic holiday observed by Muslims around the world and Comoros is no exception.

Eid al-Fitr

This feast marks the conclusion of the month-long fast (Ramadan) and is celebrated with all kinds of rituals, prayers, gifts, and lots of ceremonial food.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is observed by the Roman Catholic minority living in the Comoros with festive gatherings of friends and families.

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Weather

Anjouan has a warm and humid climate, with some relief of the heath by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Temperatures generally are around 30 °C during the day, and still above 20 °C at night. November to April is slightly warmer, May to October a bit cooler. Rain is present during all months, but is more and heavier from November to May. August to October is the driest period and temperatures are fine as well, making this the best time to travel to Anjouan. Hurricanes are possible from December to February, so it is best to avoid this time.

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Getting There

By Plane

Ouani Airport offers flights to/from Antananarivo , Dar es Salaam, Dzaoudzi, Majunga, Moroni and Bandar es Salam.

By Boat

There are regular cargo and passenger services between the islands, but services are slow and uncomfortable, but cheap. Moheli and Anjouan are the main links from Grande Comore.

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Getting Around

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Eat

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Drink

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Sleep

  • Al Amal Hotel, Chitsangani.
  • Hotel of Moya, Moya.

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