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Places You Cannot Visit In The World

Places You Cannot Visit In The World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY MILLY MAINA

In our recent series, we have been featuring destinations you can visit when the global pandemic is eventually controlled and it is declared safe to travel internationally and for leisure. But did you know that there are some destinations you cannot tick off your bucket list because entry there is forbidden? Well now you know! Allow us to indulge you in some:

North Sentinel Island, India

This is one of the Andaman Islands, an Archipelago in India’s Bay of Bengal. It is inhabited by the Sentinelese people, one of the few reclusive and mostly uncontacted groups in the world. Untouched by modern civilisation, North Sentinel is a small island off the main shipping routes, surrounded by a shallow reef without natural harbors. Its inhabitants violently reject any contact with the outside world and the handful of attempts to visit the island by outsiders over the years have ended fatally. They are believed to live in huts with slanted roofs, built facing one another, and carry bows and arrows. The Sentinelese language is unknown to outsiders as well as the name they use to refer to themselves.  The Sentinelese live in isolation, fiercely guarding their privacy and under the protection of the Indian government. India has banned its citizens from visiting the island or attempting to make contact with its inhabitants. Going three miles within North Sentinel is illegal.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

With the loss of a crop variety as irreversible as the extinction of a dinosaur or any form of life, a wide variety of plant seeds from all over the world are preserved here to ensure against their loss incase of a global crisis. The vault was established as a backup storage facility for genebacks across the world which are vulnerable to natural disasters, wars, lack of funding, poor management or malfunctioning freezers threatening the safekeeping of plant species. It is located deep inside a mountain on a remote island between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard Global Seed Vault has the capacity to store 2.5 billion seeds making it the ultimate insurance for global food supply with options for future generations to overcome climate change and population growth challenges. Permafrost and thick rock ensure the samples remain frozen at an optimal temperature of -18 degrees celsius even without power. It is only open to special guests on specific days.

Snake Island, Brazil

This island off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean is the only home of the critically endangered, venomous golden lancehead pit viper snake- between 2, 000 and 4, 000 of them! The snakes became trapped on the island when rising sea levels covered the land connecting it to the mainland. The island features terrain of bare rock and rainforest with a temperate climate. The snakes which eat birds adapted to their new environment, rapidly populating the island and making it dangerous for human visitation. Lanceheads can grow to be over one and a half foot long and their venomous bite causes death within an hour. Legend has it that it was habited until the late 1920s. Brazil has made it illegal to visit Snake Island save for periodic visits by the navy to ensure that no daredevil adventurers are getting too close. Snake Island is also known as Ilha de Queimada Grande and is administered as part of the municipality of Itanhaém in the State of Sao Paulo.

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