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Mauritius Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations

     

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Mauritius Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations

Mauritius

Just past Madagascar on the east coast of Africa is the small tropical paradise of Mauritius. This diverse little country owes its multiplicity of influences to a history that has brought Portuguese, Dutch, French, African, British and Indian people to its shores. As such, there is nothing extraordinary about enjoying Indian cuisine accompanied by English ale in a French cafA~(c) while CrA~(c)ole music filters through the speakers. For vacationers, Mauritius has all the bases covered. You can opt for accommodation ranging from ultra-deluxe resorts to bargain basement home-stays. The beaches, lagoons and surrounding reefs are, of course, magnificent, but don't overlook the interior's central plateau where you will find extinct volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls and luxuriant vegetation.


The Republic of Mauritius packs just over a million people onto an island roughly 36 miles long and 25 miles wide (1865 sq. km.). The country includes the inhabited island of Rodrigues, some 560 km (350 miles) to the north-east, as well as a few scattered coral atolls such as Cargados Carajos and Agalega. The capital city, Port Louis has a population of around 150,000. Thanks to the varying origins and beliefs of the people of Mauritius, there are no shortage of festivals and events to colour the landscape throughout the year. The Christmas / New Year period can be busy but in reality there is no high or low season. Many visitors choose the period between July and September to visit because the humidity drops a bit and the temperatures are not quite so high. Diving is best from December through March as this is when visibility is best. Surfers choose June to August to catch the biggest waves. Big game fishing is on from October to May.

Port Louis
Port Louis

Port Louis

The capital city of Mauritius is found on the north-western coast. Inland mountains overlook the bustling commercial hub of activity. For a small island, Port Louis is a large city yet a relatively small percentage of the country's total population live here. For entertainment look to the new waterfront area of Le Caudan where you will find a casino, cinemas, shops, bars and restaurants. The area around Muammar El Khadafi Square is where you can experience the Muslim flavours of Mauritius. Oddly enough, the Chinatown neighbourhood is where the 1850s Islamic Jummah Mosque is located. Head for the market, near the waterfront in the heart of downtown for bargains on souvenirs, crafts, clothing, and spices. It's a great place for fruits, vegetables, meats and fish if you want to buy groceries. While there, stop by the nearby Natural History Museum to view replicas of the extinct Dodo bird (former inhabitant of Mauritius). Fort Adelaide is the only British fort that is still accessible and not in ruins. Located on a hilltop, it affords great ocean views.

Curepipe

Curepipe is in the south-central highlands of Mauritius, linked by bus to Port Louis (about 20km (12mi) to the north), and to other towns and villages. The town of Curepipe owes its size and prominence to the malaria epidemic of 1867, when thousands of people fled mosquito-infested Port Louis for healthier, higher ground. The bulk of Franco-Mauritians who live in outlying communities come into Curepipe to shop. Curepipe has the ambiance of an English market town. It is the centre of the island's tea and model-ship building industries. The recently renovated colonial-style Hotel de Ville (1902) functions as the town hall and displays a statue of the fictitious lovers Paul and Virginie from Bernadin de St Pierre's 1788 novel of the same name in its gardens. Curepipe's botanical gardens are well kept and informal, with nature trails branching off of the main paths. Just north of the gardens, Trou aux Cerfs crater is the town's best natural attraction. Extinct for ages, the crater floor is now heavily wooded, but a tarred road leads up to and around the rim to rest stops with beautiful views. A few kilometres south-west of town you will find Tamarind Falls (awkward to reach without your own transportation and good hiking boots) where you can enjoy a dip in the deep waters at the bottom of the series of seven falls. The parkland around the falls is perfect for hikes.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

Anthurium
Anthurium

These attractive gardens are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius. A major draw is the park's giant Victoria regia water lilies, native to the Amazon. Other species include golden bamboo, chewing-gum trees; fish poison trees and a 200-year-old Buddha tree. The gardens were started in 1735 by Governor MahA~(c) de La Bourdonnais as a vegetable garden for his Mon Plaisir ChA~?teau. The grounds were refurbished by French horticulturalist Pierre Poivre in 1768 in his bid to introduce spices, but afterwards lay neglected until 1849, when a British horticulturalist, James Duncan, took over. His legacy is seen today in the garden's array of palms. The fragrant flora of the garden - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, camphor and sandalwood - is a high point, as are glimpses of Mauritian wildlife that are all but unavailable elsewhere on the island. Look for enclosures of Java deer and giant tortoises.

Belle Mare

Belle Mare is best seen from atop a reconstructed lime kiln that's been converted into a lookout tower just inland from the beach. Here you will see the best view of spectacular east coast casuarina-fringed beach. On the far side of the road that parallels the beach stand the ruins of a sugar mill, and more substantial sugar mill ruins hide behind Belle Mare village. Aside from swimming, which is probably the best the island has to offer, about the only thing to do here is lie back and relax. It won't take you long to get used to the idea. Belle Mare is a long rollercoaster bus ride east of Port Louis.

Black River Gorges National Park

This beautiful highland area south-west of Curepipe is about 6km (4mi) from Curepipe. Surrounded by casuarina and coniferous trees, it looks more like North America than an island in the Indian Ocean. Nearby is the sacred lake of the Hindus, Grand Bassin, and a few kilometres farther east, Plaine Champagne, the rainiest and largest natural area on Mauritius. Toward the eastern end of the plain, the RiviA~?re Noire lookout affords spectacular views of waterfalls and the 830m (2720ft) Piton de la Petite RiviA~?re Noire, the highest point on Mauritius. The best time to visit Black River Gorges National Park is during the flowering season between September and January. Look for the rare tambalacoque or dodo tree, black ebony trees and the exotic birds that perch in them. You may also run into a band of monkeys, deer or wild pigs. The park is some 30km (19mi) south of Port Louis and is best reached by bus via Curepipe or by private transport.

Rodrigues Island

A volcanic island 18km (11mi) long and 8km (5mi) wide, Rodrigues is in many ways similar to Mauritius: it is surrounded by coral reefs, covered with similar vegetation and landscapes, and blessed with an equally tropical climate. Rodrigues isn't quite as lush as Mauritius and the pace of life is more relaxed. The island is relatively small making it perfect for wandering around at leisure. Hiking is good around Mt Limon and Mt Malartic, the island's two highest points at more than 390m (1280ft). The best coastal hiking leads from Port Mathurin around the eastern coastline to Port Sud-Est. Point Coton on the eastern coast has the best beach on the island, but there are other good ones at St Francois, Trou d'Argent and Petit Gravier. Caverne Patate in the south-west boasts some worthwhile spelunking opportunities. Diving is the big attraction of the waters around Rodrigues; you can arrange a trip through one of the big hotels. Several of the tiny islands just off Rodrigues, such as Ile Cocos and Ile aux Sables, are nature reserves and require permits to visit; others, such as A~Z(le aux Crabes and Ile Hermitage, are just as beautiful and are open to the public. Rodrigues lies about 560km (350mi) north-east of Mauritius. The two islands are connected daily by air and several times per month by sea. Keep in mind there's a minimum stay of 5 days and a maximum of 30.


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