Mauritius Travel Facts

By | May 11, 2022

Based on map by DigoPaul, Mauritius is an island country in the east of the African continent – about 870 kilometers east of Madagascar. The national territory also includes Rodrigues, the Cargados-Carajos Islands and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius offers fantastically beautiful nature, varied landscapes, wonderful beaches and is therefore an inspiring travel destination.

Capital City Port-Louis
Size 2,040 km²
Resident 1,296,303
Official Language English
Currency Mauritius rupee
Time Zone UTC+4
Telephone Area Code +230

Fast facts to know

  • Only African country where the majority of residents are Hindus.
  • Almost all locals speak English, French and Mauritian Creole.
  • Mauritius is considered one of the most peaceful countries on earth.
  • Most residents live from sugar cane cultivation.
  • The 4 colors of the national flag represent, among other things, the present, the past and the future.
  • There is a well-developed bus network on the island.
  • No vaccinations required, protection against tetanus, polio, diphtheria and hepatitis A is recommended.
  • The voltage is 220 volts. Sockets are either European or British standard.
  • Coming from Germany, no visa is necessary, but the passport must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • Sweaters and umbrellas also belong in your luggage.

Exciting cities and places in Mauritius

  • Port-Louis
  • curepipe
  • Mahébourg
  • Fishing village of Albion
  • Cape Malheureux

History of Mauritius

  • The island was known to Arabs and Malays as early as the 10th century.
  • Discovered by Europeans (Portuguese) in 1505.
  • 1598-1710 in Dutch possession.
  • Subsequently occupied by pirates.
  • Conquered by France in 1715.
  • Conquered and taken possession of by the British in 1810.
  • 1835 Prohibition of slavery.
  • From the 19th century mass immigration from India.
  • 1968 Declaration of Independence.
  • 1992 declared a republic by new constitution.

Climate & travel weather on Mauritius

  • Tropical climate.
  • Moderate temperatures with 2 seasons:
    • November to April: warm, humid summer time.
    • May to October: cooler southern winter with occasional rain showers.
  • Recommended travel time:
    • May & June, September-November.
    • Rather avoid January to March (tropical cyclones and cyclones).

Ideas for excursions in Mauritius

  • Enjoy fantastically beautiful beaches.
  • Snorkeling & Surfing.
  • Blue Penny Museum.
  • Hiking along the natural beach of Flic en Flac.
  • Crater Lake Grand Bassin.
  • Hike to the Trou aux Cerfs volcano.
  • Maheswarnath Mandir Temple.
  • Botanical Garden at Pamplemousses.
  • Fort Adelaide.
  • Bois Cheri Tea Plantation.
  • Island hopping:
    • Ile aux Cerfs.
    • Ile aux Benitiers and the Crystal Rock.
    • Ile des Deux Cocos.

Eating & Drinking in Mauritius

  • Mixture of Indian, African and Chinese influences.
  • Dishes well seasoned and mostly hot.
  • Popular spices: masala, nutmeg, cinnamon, curry, cardamom, anise, clove, ginger, green pepper.
  • Hygienic conditions mostly good.
  • Street stalls and snack bars recommended.
  • Dishes often quite greasy (frying kills bacteria).
  • Many restaurants are open for lunch from 12pm to 2pm and in the evening from 6pm.
  • Everyday Creole dishes are called cari, daube and rougaille.
  • Fresh fruits widely available and very tasty.
  • Cocktails, rum mixed drinks and freshly squeezed fruit juices are popular.
  • Local beers: Phoenix, Black Eagle, Blue Marlin.
  • Local wine less recommended.
  • The national dessert is called Gâteau Patate (juicy, firm cake made from sweet potatoes).
  • Spicy curries are particularly popular.
  • Typical dishes:
    • Boulettes Chinoises (freshly fried balls of dough).
    • Briyani (spicy stir-fried rice with strips of meat, egg and vegetables).
    • Cabri Massala (goat meat in a spicy massala sauce).
    • Cari de Cerf (deer goulash in a hearty tomato and onion sauce).
    • Cari or Curry de Poulet (chicken, tomatoes, onions and masala powder cooked together and served with rice and legumes).
    • Mine Frite (Creole variant of a Chinese noodle dish, optionally vegetarian, with chicken, beef or fish).
    • Ourite Sauce Piquante (fresh or dried squid specialty in sauce with turmeric, chili and ginger).
    • Poisson Sauce Créole (grilled fish or fish fillet in a spicy tomato sauce).
    • Rougaille de Bœuf (beef goulash in a sauce refined with coriander).
    • Samoussas (dumplings fried crispy in oil with various savory fillings).

Particularly scenic

  • Black River Georges National Park.
  • The 90 meter high Chamarel falls.
  • Seven Colored Earths in Chamarel.
  • Mountain Le Morne Brabant.
  • Belle Mare Beach.
  • Ferney Valley Nature Reserve.

Mauritius Travel Facts