COMOROS


Quick Facts:

CAPITAL CITY: Moroni
POPULATION: 795,601 (2016)
CLIMATE: Marine Tropical
LANGUAGE: French, Arabic, Comorian
RELIGION: Islam
CURRENCY: Comorian Franc

TOURIST ARRIVALS: Tourist Arrivals in Comoros increased to 27111 Person in 2014 from 24764 Person in 2013. Tourist Arrivals in Comoros averaged 21871.33 Person from 2003 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 29400 Person in 2007 and a record low of 11396 Person in 2009. https://tradingeconomics. com/comoros/tourist-arrivals

BRIEF HISTORY
A sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. The Island neighbors Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. The Union of the Comoros has three official languages Comorian, Arabic and French. The religion of the majority of the population is Islam. Formally a French Colony, the Island has been independent since 6th July 1975. The country consists of three major islands and numerous smaller islands, all in the volcanic Comoros archipelago. The major islands are commonly known by their French names: northwestern-most Grande Comore (Ngazidja); Mohéli (Mwali); and Anjouan (Nzwani) In addition, the country has a claim on a fourth major island, southeastern-most Mayotte (Maore), though Mayotte voted against independence from France in 1974, has never been administered by an independent Comoros government, and continues to be administered by France (currently as an overseas department).

HERITAGE
Mosque du Vendredi (Moroni)
This mosque was built at the beginning of the fifteenth century. It is located in the center of a district of the capital called badjanani. It was built with the influence of Arabic architecture. It is like all mosques, a sacred place for Muslims, but also a tourist site. Another Mosque was built a few meters from the Grande Mosque, but it is still maintained well and frequented by the masses. It is a great symbol of Islamic Faith in the Country

Sultan’s Old Palace;
This Abandoned Palace displays the richness of Comorian history and Culture. It was residents to Sultans dating as far back as the 14th Century. It is a beautiful sight with Chirazienne architecture and the protective seal of Solomon, the palace Mkorobwani was owned by Hyna Fe Dezi during the same period.

Moroni Mosque Ruins;
Another Symbol of the history and strength of Islam in Comoros.

WILDLIFE
The rich volcanic soils on the islands foster the growth of a profuse vegetation. Beyond the coastal zones, where mangroves predominate, there are coconut palms, mangoes, and bananas, and above them is a forest zone, with many varieties of tropical hardwoods. Broom, lichens, and heather grow on the highest peaks. The mammalian diversity of the Comoros Islands like most volcanic islands is restricted to marine mammals and bats. The animal life is similar to that found on Madagascar. Comorian waters harbor the coelacanth, a rare primitive fish once thought to have been extinct for 70 million years. Fossil remains of the coelacanth dating back 400 million years have been found. Comoros has over 146 bird species. Each of the major islands of the Comoros has its own unique owl: the Anjouan Scopsowl, the Moheli Scops-owl and the Grand Comoro (or Karthala) Scops-owl. Other birds found nowhere else include Humblot’s Sunbird , the Anjouan Sunbird , the Moheli Brush Warbler, the Mount Karthala White-eye , the Comoro Thrush, the Comoro Bulbul and the Grand Comoro Drongo. Humblot’s Flycatcher is an endemic genus. The Comoros Blue Vanga, the Comoro Parrot , the Comoro Green Pigeon, the Grand Comoro Paradise-flycatcher, and Kirk’s White-eye have recently been considered full species.

NATIONAL PARKS AND PROTECTED AREAS
1. Mount Karthala
2. Moheli Marine Park
3. Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique
4. Saziley National Park
5. Nature and park
6. Saziley National Park