An island of palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs, breathtakingly beautiful lagoons and colourful and rare flora and fauna - Mauritius is the perfect place to escape the modern world.
Rising up through water of every colour blue you can imagine, the island paradise of the Republic of Mauritius is a volcanic island of palm-fringed beaches, coral reefs and breathtakingly beautiful lagoons. Located 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, it’s famous for its luxury resorts, powdery white sands and warm, marine-life filled waters.
Discovered by the Arabs in the 9th century, it wasn’t until 1598 that Mauritius was settled by the Dutch. Densely populated, the inhabitants of Mauritius are a warm and friendly blend of ethnic groups that live, uniquely, in complete peace and harmony with each other.
A holiday in Mauritius isn’t just about relaxing on the beach – there is plenty to see and do when you’ve had enough of lying around. Its capital, Port Louis, is Africa’s wealthiest city and a bustling port with much of the action occurring on the rejuvenated waterfront. Visit the Natural History Museum for the unique opportunity to witness a skeleton of the extinct Dodo bird. Stroll through the lively Craft Market with its charming ambiance and the Port Louis Central Market, where you can sample local fruit, buy some souvenirs and delight in the exotic fragrances of Mauritian spices.
Hike through the magnificent Black River Gorges, the largest national park in Mauritius covering approximately 2% of the island. It’s home to some of Mauritius’ endangered species and Alexandra Falls, a spectacular waterfall situated 700 metres above sea level which offers breathtaking panoramas from its viewpoint. Visit the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere – the National Botanical Garden of Mauritius. Founded in 1770, it’s populated with over 650 varieties of plants including Giant Water Lilies and Baobabs.
For a magical underwater experience, you can snorkel or take a glass-bottom boat ride in the Blue Bay Marine Park. With colourful flora and fauna, the area is home to mangroves, a wide variety of fish species and more than 50 different coral species. Visit Ile aux Aigrettes Island, a tiny coral island off the coast of Mahebourg that is a protected nature conservation site and animal sanctuary.
One of Mauritius’ most popular tourist attractions is the Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel. A small area of strikingly bare landscape that’s located in the middle of a large, dense forest, it’s a place of great geological curiosity. Appearing as large ripples across the earth, the carved hills are covered in pulverised rocks in varying shades of purple, red, brown, grey and orange. The village of Chamarel is also home to the Chamarel Waterfall, the highest waterfall on Mauritius cascading nearly 83 metres against a scenic backdrop of forest and mountains.
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