Welcome to Mauritius
Mauritius is an Island, part of the African continent that lies in the Indian Ocean. It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline.
Inhabited by a multi-racial, peaceful people, covered in great golf courses, offering myriad water sports, mountain trekking, hunting, birdwatching, luxurious resorts, an old colonial capital, great food, one of the world’s best botanical gardens, good nightlife, beautiful beach bars, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and great sightseeing, Mauritius is a magical destination that has so much to offer!
Travelling to Mauritius
South African passport holders are not required to have a visa to travel to Mauritius, However, a valid South African passport is required.
The flight time from Johannesburg to Mauritius is approximately 3 hours 55 minutes.
- Air Mauritius
Mauritius is in the enviable position of enjoying some of the best island weather to be had around the globe. Warm and pleasant year-round, Mauritius weather cools down slightly around July and peaks in February when summer is at its apex.
10 Reasons why Mauritius is Heaven on Earth
It’s foodie heaven
The island has a deliciously diverse food culture that carries French, Creole, Chinese and Indian influences, to name but a few.
Mauritius is magnificent
From the seven-coloured earths at Chamarel, the giant lily ponds at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, to the incredible native forests and wildlife of the Black River Gorges National Park, there is so much natural splendour to enjoy.
Hospitality is a way of life
Mauritians are the most warm, kind and generous people you will ever meet. Always ready to lend a helping hand give you some local advise on exploring Mauritius.
From ship-wrecks to dolphins, scuba diving in Mauritius is a must if you are qualified or not.
Not qualified or not into Scuba? No worries, the island is surrounded by reefs where you can explore the beautiful colourful coral and fish.
Grab a catamaran or fishing boat and take to the islands. Favourite spots include Ile aux Cerfs and Ile d’Ambre.
The volcanic crater lake of Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao, is a great place to witness Hindu monuments and temples in a serene, secluded location.
A 4WD through some sugar cane and a climb down a muddy rock path brings you to the small, but perfectly formed crashing waters of Rochester Falls.
Fancy 18 Holes in paradise? Mauritius has some of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet.
Grand Baie Fish Market
The sea-food treats on offer in Mauritius are exceptional, if you want to see where the daily catch arrives to then get to the market in Grand Baie.
Packing tips for your Mauritius trip
1. Pack light
Because Mauritius has a climate that is pretty much all year warm and pleasant, there’s really no need to overdo the “what if” packing. Clothing is simple – Costume, summer shirts and shorts, sandals and a pair of hiking shoes if you planning to hike and adventure on trails, a light jersey and your toiletries.
2. Be prepared to be trigger happy
If you are into professional photography or just a causal snapper, bring along your camera equipment, an underwater camera or underwater protective case is a good investment! P.S….. don’t forget your selfie stick!
3. Mosquito repellent
Mosquito repellent is definitely going to be a life saver if the mosquitos are out and about, save yourself the trouble of finding a place to buy it in Mauritius and throw it in the bag!
4. Sunscreen and aftersun!
Prevent the burn and be prepared for when the burn happens.
5. Rubber shoes
If you going to be exploring the reefs, pack in some rubber shoes to prevent being cut by the sharp coral.