The beautiful and inviting island nation of Mauritius is an ideal ‘flop and drop’ at the conclusion of your safari. Warm turquoise waters, with opportunities for all variety of watersports and fishing ventures combined with luxury resorts spanning the island – there is no shortage of where to stay and what to do. Indulge in the delightful scents of the fragrant flowers, vanilla and sugar cane plentiful here. The mix of cultures over the centuries has also brought about a wonderful combination of cuisines and you can sample different tastes at the markets and also at your hotel. A wonderfully relaxing end to your African journey!
The capital of Mauritius is a colourful city which is full of history and culture has a fabulous old town which is great for exploring on foot. Small paved streets are bursting with flavour as local restaurants and street-vendors tempt you with tasty treats.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
One of the most visited sites in Mauritius which houses an incredible range of native and endemic plants. Look out for birdlife, deer and turtles as you stroll the pretty pathways – there are also some great photo opportunities of the giant water lilies in the ponds.
Blue Bay Stunning emerald blue waters and white sandy beaches greet you in the south-eastern part of the island. Blue Bay is also a marine park which is perfect for snorkelling amongst colourful fish in the coral lagoon.
Black River Gorges National Park
Located on the western side of the island it is the biggest National Park on the island covered in lush forest. Home to a variety of native and endemic trees along with animal species such as the Pink Pigeon, Mauritian Parakeet and the Paradise Flycatcher.
Located in the northern part of Mauritius it is one of the most popular spots for tourists with idyllic sandy beaches and great local restaurants and food trucks.
Of course the climate is one of the reasons Mauritius is a beach lover’s delight. Tropical and mild all year round, the temperatures in the winter only fall to a minimum 20°. The island does have summer and winter seasons (the same as NZ) with most of the rainfall during February and March. The best times for diving are December through March and for deep sea fishing between October through April.
I’ll never forget stepping off the plane in Mauritius and feeling that warm tropical air embracing me like a welcoming hug. Mauritius is all an exotic tropical island should be, and more. Lush verdant landscapes, tropical fruits, a heady scent of frangipani in the air and white sandy beaches complete with turquoise waters and almost guaranteed sun! The beach resorts here are divine, and there literally is something for every budget, but I’d recommend you also make the effort to get out of the resort and have a look around the island. Home to a really eclectic mix of cultural heritage, you’ll find the cuisine equally interesting and delicious. There is great diving and golfing if that’s your thing, some great markets to dive into, you can hike or bike some beautifully scenic trails, or if you’re a little less active, a rum tasting at L’Aventure du Sucre, a former sugar factory now a museum, is a delightful distraction from the beach. The perfect stopover after a hectic African safari I’d say….
Caroline Clegg, Marketing Manager
Currency Mauritian Rupee
Language Creole, French and English are the main languages spoken, the official language is English
Why we love it Mauritius offers a dream holiday experience with crystal blue water, sparkling white sands and swaying palms. A most romantic destination, there are many excellent resorts and hotels scattered on all coasts of the island. The most popular areas on the island are the top North East and West coasts including Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches. Tropical fruits, cocktails and a cuisine with flavours including Indian, Creole, Chinese and European tempt the tastebuds. Mauritius is also well known as a water sport enthusiasts dream come true. Beach resorts all water sports including windsurfing, diving, parasailing, snorkelling and fishing.
Weather Of course the climate is one of the reasons Mauritius is a beachlover’s delight. Tropical and mild all year round, with the lower temperatures in the winter only falling to 20 degrees celcius. The island does have summer and winter seasons (the same as NZ) with most of the rainfall during February and March. The best times for diving are December through March and for deep sea fishing between October through April.
Social customs & quirks Mauritians are a blend of three continents cultures and traditions. From Asia, India and Europe the mixture includes Muslim, Tamils, Chinese and Hindus. The country celebrates the fact that the people share their holidays and festivities in peace and harmony together.
Festivals & events With the many beliefs and faiths held by people of Mauritius there are many colourful festivals throughout the year. These include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Maha Shivratee, Tamil Fire Walking and Id-el-Fitr.
We had the most amazing trip and the arrangements made by you were flawless. The Singita Boulders Lodge was fabulous and a great way to begin our African experience. The game viewing was excellent there. Our time on Benguerra Island was lovely despite almost melting in the 40 degree heat. Amelia loved our time at Elephant Camp in Zimbabwe as they have a resident rescue cheetah called Sylvester and we were able to walk with him for an hour.
Our time in the Samburu region of Kenya was an absolute highlight due to the rich cultural experience of meeting the local villagers and enjoying the fantastic hospitality of Nicki and Scott at Sasaab Camp. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and would return here for a repeat visit in preference to the Masai Mara.
In Tanzania the andBeyond Under Canvas Camp was great. Unfortunately our balloon safari was cancelled on the morning due to high winds and we were told to get you to apply for a refund on our behalf.
The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge was stunning with amazing food. The highlight of Tanzania would have to be Sand Rivers in Selous though, which is brilliantly run by Natasha and Evan. What an interesting area and so different to any other part of the trip.
In Zanzibar we did enjoy the Stone Town visit but found that the Baraza Resort was just lacking in atmosphere, maybe a little 'sterile'. They also had a very limited range of water sports available and we had to visit a neighbouring resort for these.
Our night at Giraffe Manor was truly amazing. It is no wonder that this place is so popular. Amelia was in her element!
Finishing off the trip in Mauritius was perfect and Le Touessrok resort was the best beach resort that we have stayed in. Great restaurants and plenty of water activities. I could have stayed there another week!
Thank you for organising such a fabulous trip for us. We certainly have some incredible memories.