O Mauritius is an island nation of the southeast coast
of African continent in the Indian Ocean.
O It is 870km from Madagascar and covers an area
of 2040km2 and the capital city is Port Louis.
O The main languages spoken are Mauritius Creole,
French and English.
O English is the only official language but
newspapers and television programmes are
usually in French. Asian languages also form part
of the languages.
O Population is composed of Indians, Africans,
Chinese and French.
O Mauritius island was the only home of the
dodo bird. The birds became extinct in less
than eighty years after the European
colonisers took over the island.
O They were easy prey to settlers because of its
weight and inability to fly.
O Population of the island is estimated at about
O The currency is Mauritian Rupee and their
time zone is UTC+4.
O Driving is on the left.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN
BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL PARK
O Covers 6574ha, in hilly south-western part of
O It was constructed to save the natural
vegetation of the island.
O Has the highest point of the island known as
the ‘black river peak’.
O Protects most of the islands remaining
rainforest and home to many species of
animals and birds.
O Endermic plants and animals including the
Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius Kestrel, pink
pigeon, Mauritius Parakeet, Mauritius
Cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius
olive white eye, Mauritius fody among
O Also called Pamplemousses Garden.
O Is located near port Louis and is the oldest
garden in the southern hemisphere.
O Built by Pierre Poivre in 1767, covers
O Famous for its giant water lillies, spice
garden and unique collection of 85
varieties of palm from Central America,
Africa and islands around the Indian
O Capital city and main port of the island.
O Port Louis was constructed in 1735 by French
governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais.
O It is sorrounded by a mountain range called
‘the port louis moka range’- worth watching.
O Has many historic and colonial buildings one
of them is a fortification named Fort Adelaide
or La Citadelle built by British in 1835.
O Main attractions here include Caudan
Waterfront, Port Louis Bazaar, Police
Baracks, The Mauritian Chinatown and Old
Port louis Theatre.
O The capital city has three museums i.e:
The Blue Penny museum, the Mauritius
Natural history museum and the Mauritius
O Oldest post office in Mauritius near
O There are also French styled buildings.
ILE AUX CERFS ISLAND
O Known in English as the Deer island.
O A paradise for water sports and has one of
the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius.
O Near East coast of Mauritius in the Flacq
O Famous for sandy beaches, beautiful
O There is no deer on the island nowadays.
O Also known as the Ganga talao.
O Situated in secluded mountain area in the
district of savanne, deep in the heart of
Mauritius about 600m a.s.l
O Is a holy lake for Mauritians of Hindu
faith(claimed that the water inside the lake
communicated with the water of the holy
Ganges in India).
O Also overlooking the lake is statue of Mangal
Mahader(shira statue), which is 33m, making
it the highest statue in Mauritius.
O 7 coloured earth and Chamarel falls.
O Landscape of chamarel is the only place
in the world with clay of seven colours at
O Colours are red, brown, violet, green,
blue, purple and yellow.
O Purple and yellow are predominant.
O Waterfall of chamarel three distinct
streams plunging down into a gorge(about
TROU AUX CERFS
O Is a high extinct volcano located in
curepipe, Mauritius. Is 605m in measure.
O The crater is 300m in diameter and 85m
O There is a small lake at the centre of the
O It was active until 600,000-700,000 years
IILE AUX AIGRETTES
O A tiny coral island of the coast of the town of
O Has been declared a nature conservation
pane for protection of natural resources and
O World’s rarest birds the Kestrel, rare pink
pigeon can be seen.
O Also the Green gecko helsuma and the
aldabra giant tortoise, and plant species found
nowhere else on earth.
O Located near the Round island and the
flat island at the extreme north of
O Distance between Gabriel Island and Flat
Island is only 750m.
O Has beautiful unspoilt beaches, with
crystal clear water surrounding the entire
O Popular site for snorkelling.
EUROKA CREOLE HOUSE
O Built in 1830 in a magnificent garden
surrounded by waterfalls of Moka river
and the Moka range.
O One of the largest houses in the island
with 109 doors and windows.
O Was restored and opened in 1986 as a
O The museum has dedicated areas to
music, art, antique maps, Chinese and
Indian house wares
• Grand Bay was the first area of the island
to fully experience the tourist boom. A
shopping and leisure paradise, Grand Bay
is also where Mauritians go when they
want a fun-filled night out (restaurants,
bars and discos). Recently renovated, La
Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.
Most famous waterfalls in
O Chamarel waterfalls.
O Alexandra waterfalls.
O Tamarind waterfalls.
O Rochester waterfalls.
O Exil waterfalls.
O Balaclava Ruins- few meters away from
Baie aux Tortues. Ruins of the old
O Flacq market- one of the most important
villages in Mauritius. Largest open air
market in the country.
O Mahebourg- one of the main fishing
village sin the island. Main attraction is the
Monday markets- one of the biggest and
beston the island.
• Watch dolphins — Up-close in their natural
habitat off the western coast (Tamarin) of the
• Speedboat — Rides are available from Trou d'eau
Douce to the popular island playground of Ile aux
Cerfs for beaches, golf and watersports
O Horse racing — The Mauritius horse racing club
commonly called the Champ de Mars was founded
in 1812, making it the oldest horse-racing club in
the Southern Hemisphere. Horse racing is the
most popular sport in Mauritius, and you can
expect to have about 30,000 visitors on each race
O Hiking and trekking — In Mauritius with
breathtaking views of mountains, rivers, and
O Swimming with dolphins — Go on a speed boat
trip and swim with dolphins in the open sea.
O Blue safari submarine — See the wonderful
underwater tropical fish without even getting your
O Tour the Moka mountains — by quad bike, horse
or 4-wheel drive at the accessible nature park of
Domaine Les Pailles.
How to get around
O The best way to get around on land is, by
O The bus is the cheapest way to travel in
O You will require an international driver’s
license to drive on Mauritian roads.
O An excitingly unique way of getting around
Mauritius is by Seaplane.
O Also by use of helicopters, boats and metered
Where to stay
O Because of its developing tourism sector,
Mauritius has been able to advance its
collection of hotels that beat the standards
of all kinds of tourists.
O Examples of hotels and resorts are:
O The Paradis Hotel and Golf Club.
O Le Saint Geran.
O Shanti Ananda Maurice
O Also look up hotels in Mauritius.
How to get there
O By plane
O Air Mauritius is the home carrier and
operates a network of routes to the local
islands and to international destinations in
Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia.
O Some international airlines also serve
from their home bases.
O By sea with the use of yatchs.
O Mauritius travel guide.
O Lonely planet- Mauritius.