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About Mauritius

Situated in East Africa is the charming Indian Ocean island nation – Mauritius. It includes over 1.2 million residents, and is known for its picturesque beaches, reefs and lagoons. Mauritius offers you gorgeous nature, international influences and exceptional wildlife. Popular attractions include Seven Coloured Earths in Riviere Noire, Île aux Cerfs island and L’Aventure du Sucre museum in Pamplemousses.

Prepare yourself for a wonderful island experience, because cheap flights to Mauritius are now available. Mauritius is the home of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), a 45-minute drive from the centre of the capital, Port Louis. MRU serves several airlines, including South African Airways, British Airways and Air Mauritius. Direct flights to Port Louis are available from Johannesburg. The flight duration to Port Louis is approximately 3 hours and 55 minutes.

Why visit Mauritius

Island Coast Mauritius

A Coastal Paradise

One of the crowning attractions of this island nation is its wonderful collection of alluring beaches and islands. Relax and soak up the sun at coastal hotspots such as Grand Baie, Trou aux Biches and Île aux Cerfs.

Seven Coloured Earths Mauritius

Exceptional Nature

Mauritius boasts a wealth of breath-taking nature areas that will be sure to astound you, such as the Black River Gorges National Park, the Frederica Nature Reserve in Bel-Ombre and Seven Coloured Earths in Riviere Noire.

Kalaisson Temple Mauritius

Historic Architecture

Mauritius was ruled by the Dutch, French and the British. Visit the sites that reflect these former periods, such as the Kalaisson Temple in Port Louis, Maison Eureka in Moka and the Martello Tower Museum in Riviere Noire.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Mauritian Rupee
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 2.66 MUR
Language English / French / Creole
Hub Airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU)
Airline Air Mauritius
Time Zone GMT+4
Travel Adaptor Type C & G

Best time to visit Mauritius

Mauritius enjoys warm weather all year round with moderate to high rainfall. Get the most comfortable weather conditions and the lowest rainfall by visiting the island nation during the seasons of winter (May – October) and early summer (November – December). These months will give you a break from the intense heat of the rest of the summer (January – April). With the conditions offered during this time, you can still enjoy the beaches and nature areas while avoiding the crowds that come during the mid to late summer season to enjoy the perfect beach weather, as well as the high hotel costs.

Weather & Climate in Mauritius (Port Louis)

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 22°C 22°C 21°C 21°C 19°C 18°C 17°C 18°C 18°C 19°C 20°C 21°C
High °C 29°C 28°C 28°C 27°C 26°C 24°C 23°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 26°C 28°C
Rainfall (mm) 216 198 221 127 97 66 58 64 36 41 46 117

Step away from the rush of urban life with a visit to the charming country of Mauritius. This beautiful Indian Ocean island nation, situated in East Africa, is famous as an island holiday destination, with a range of gorgeous beaches and islands, such as Blue Bay, Belle Mare Plage and Trou aux Biches.

Experience all that this island nation has to offer with a visit to some of its major cities and towns:

One of the major cities of Mauritius is the capital and largest destination – Port Louis. Explore this tourist hotspot and discover a blend of various countries and cultures, including India, Africa, Europe, China and the Middle East. Celebrated for its lively commercial spirit, you’ll experience a vibrant hub of activity in Port Louis.

Another major destination is the town of Curepipe, which is, though situated inland, a major tourist attraction. It offers nature lovers the Curepipe Botanic Gardens and easy access to the amazing Trou aux Cerfs crater and the Monvert Nature Park.

You’ll surely want to spend time at one of Mauritius’s scenic beaches, and for that, one of the best destinations is Flic-en-Flac. This quaint seaside town sits on the western part of the island nation, and includes one of the longest and most gorgeous beaches in the world!

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You will not need a visa to visit Mauritius. Make sure your passport will be valid for six months after your return date.

For more information, contact the Mauritius High Commission in Pretoria

(phone: +27 12 342 1283)

The High Commission of South Africa is in the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis.

Address: 4th Floor, British American Insurance Building, 25 Pope Hennessy Street, Port Louis

Before your trip, check with your doctor about getting all the routine vaccinations for travellers to Mauritius. Make sure to also receive immunisations for hepatitis A and typhoid, both of which are transmittable through contaminated food and water.

While enjoying the beautiful landscapes, lakes and beaches of Mauritius, make sure to stay alert at all times. Watch out for suspicious behaviour. Consider organising comprehensive travel insurance and confirm what activities and circumstances are not covered by your policy.

In addition, practise these basic safety tips while in Mauritius:

• Stay away from remote areas.

• When leaving your valuables in a vehicle, lock them in the boot to keep them out of sight.

• Refuse all offers of free guided tours.

• Do not use unlicensed taxis, as they are unsafe and drivers may overcharge you.

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG PORT LOUIS
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 75.04
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 45.03
Cappuccino (regular) R 23.32 R 22.34 R 32.64
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 37.52
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 39.50 R 37.50 R 61.91
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