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!
• Relaxing at your beach hotel!
• Snorkelling off the beach in front of your hotel
• Diving in the crystal waters
• Deep sea fishing
• Tasting the exotic and tropical cuisines of the island
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.
An exotic and relaxing island holiday is at your fingertips…Mauritius is an Indian Ocean dream. I spent a few days in Mauritius following an active adventure in Africa and can highly recommend it as an extension so that you come home recharged and fully relaxed. The vibe in Mauritius is such a mixture of cultures and flavours that you will enjoy exploring at your leisure. But above all, the resorts in Mauritius have everything you need should you wish to just ‘flop and drop’ as they say. I have personal experience of a number of the resorts myself and can recommend suitable accommodations for any budget. The resorts all have watersport activities available, usually free unless they are motorized. For a five star experience, resorts – from the sprawling colonial style Sugar Beach resort to smaller and exclusiveness of Le Touessrok and Legends – each unique in their own way. For those on a limited budget, the charming Verandah Resort is situated on Grand Baie which happens to be one of the best locations on the island. There is something for everyone on Mauritius, so consider adding this exotic destination to your plans… Ange
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.