Fly to Port Louis, Mauritius
Mauritius really is the gateway to Africa. It's scorching climate and beautiful locales make it one of the most incredible places to visit this summer. Let specialists such as Travelstart give you a helping hand in planning a romantic honeymoon, family getaway or a break from the hustle and bustle of life.
Why visit Port Louis, Mauritius
- The stunning scenery on this island nation will leave you breathless!
- A culturally rich destination, blending African, French and Indian lifestyles!
- Great beaches for those lazy days. You would be silly not to enjoy them!
Mauritius is an island paradise and so long as you avoid the typhoon season- January to March- there is really no bad time to visit. The weather is hot and tropical all year round and the water is always beautiful, warm and blue.
Whether you are looking for some relaxing time on the beach sunbathing and snorkelling or if you're looking for something more adventurous, Mauritius really has you covered.
Mauritius’ position in the Tropics means there are 2 definite seasons – a warm humid summer from November to April, and a relatively short, cool and dry winter period from June to September. The hottest months are January and February though the possibility of cyclones is higher. The coolest months are July and August when the evenings can be chilly. Although there is no marked rainy season, most of the rainfall occurs in the summer months.
Mauritius’ cyclone season has been known to wreak havoc on some unsuspecting tourists’ vacations. Cyclones while destructive don’t usually last long and they generally happen between January and March. Mauritius cyclones are characterised by gloomy skies, lots of rain and wind so get ready to batten down the hatches if your trip coincides with this weather phenomenon.
Whilst the island nation has no official language, the inhabitants speak a mixture of English, French and Mauritian Creole so tourists should have no trouble communicating as long as they have a base of English or French to work with.
- Mauritius is the most densely populated country in Africa
- Despite its extinction, the dodo remains Mauritius’ national animal
- 90% of the countries arable land has sugar plantations
- Mauritius has the highest life expectancy at 73 years
- Mauritians prefer to receive things with the right hand only
The island itself is typically tropical with long sandy beaches and plenty of blue sea to explore. Its mainland is covered in lush forests as well as mountainous regions that the more adventurous of visitors can explore on guided tours.
It's reasonably close to the equator so you can expect warm and sunny days at most times of the year. The period between January and March is probably the most unreliable in terms of weather and can often bring tropical cyclones and bouts of rain that can last for about three days.
Port Louis is the capital city and the airport in Port Louis is likely where you will fly in to and out of. It's the main location for any sort of attractions or events you might be seeking and you can find everything from music or art to cinemas and the aquarium.
Mauritian cuisine is heavily influenced by its multi-cultural history. With influences from French, Chinese, Indian and European cuisine you're never stuck for variety. The most popular style of cuisine you'll find though is French fare with a seaside influence.
In terms of cultural considerations, Mauritius is a multi-cultural and secular nation. Religious freedom is a legal right in Mauritius. With the majority religion being Hinduism, followed by Christianity and then Islam, when entering a place of worship you should ensure that you follow the correct code of etiquette to avoid causing offense.
Mauritius is located in the tropics and that carries with it the usual health concerns. Make sure you ask your physician what you need to take in terms of malaria prevention and ensure you are up to date on all your boosters.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R80||R100||R84.74|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R23.50||R20||R45.57|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R10||R10||R37.66|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R35||R36||R60.26|
South African passport holders do not require a Visa to visit Mauritius. As with all overseas trips, you must ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity remaining on it on returning from your Mauritius trip, as well as 2 blank pages available for stamps.
South African High Commission in Mauritius
The South African High Commission to Mauritius is located in the capital Port Louis. It is open on Monday – Thursday from 08:00am to 16:30pm, and on Friday from 08:00am to 13:30pm.
South African High Commission
4th Floor, British American
25 Pope Hennessy Street
Tel: (230) 212 6925 / 6926 / 6928 / 6929 / 6930
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (General enquiries)
Mauritius Adaptors & Voltage
Travel Adaptor: Plug points in Mauritius are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" 2-prong plug and the "Type G" 3-prong plug in a triangular configuration. Travel adaptors and converters are widely available throughout South Africa so you’ll be able to stock up before you leave.
Voltage: The mains voltage in Mauritius is 230 V which is compatible with most South African devices and appliances (Frequency: 50 Hz).
As a general rule, different voltages are sometimes used within the same country. Be mindful of this before plugging in and always check your device voltage against the voltage of the power point you’re using.
The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.