Private guides and guided tours in Mauritius
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
CAPITAL CITY OF Mauritius: Port Louis
LANGUAGE OF Mauritius: English
CURRENCY OF Mauritius: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
COMMENTS ABOUT Mauritius:
Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean
Cities : Port Louis (Capital), Curepipe, Quatre Bornes, Flic en Flac, Pamplemousses, Beau Bassin, Rose Hill
Best Places : Pereybere public beach, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Macchabee Bel Ombre Nature Preserve, Balaclava Ruins, Domaine de Chasseurt Nature Preserve, Grand Bay, The Triolet Shivala, The Labourdonnais Orchards Discover, Flacq Market, The Waterpark Leisure Village, Ile aux Cerfs, Dutch Ruins At Vieux Grand Port, Ile aux Aigrettes, Mahebourg, Domaine du Chasseur, Souillac, Martello Towers, Chamarel, Salt Pans, Casela, Yemen Reserve, Black River Gorges, Ganga Talao , L’Aventure du Sucre,
Electricity : 230V/50Hz (European or UK plug)
Calling Code : +230
Time Zone : UTC+4
Discovered by the Portuguese in 1505, Mauritius was subsequently held by the Dutch, French, and British before independence was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather and declining sugar prices have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community.
CLIMATE OF Mauritius: Tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May); Natural hazards : Tropical cyclones (November to April);but most cyclones usually occur from the end of December till March.
RELIGION OF Mauritius: Hindu 52%, Christian 28.3% (Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 2.3%), Muslim 16.6%, other 3.1%
POPULATION OF Mauritius: 1,220,481 (July 2004 est.)>>
ECONOMY OVERVIEW OF Mauritius: Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors. For most of the period, annual growth has been in the order of 5% to 6%. This remarkable achievement has been reflected in more equitable income distribution, increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality, and a much-improved infrastructure. Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 25% of export earnings. The government's development strategy centers on expanding local financial institutions and building a domestic information telecommunications industry. Mauritius has attracted more than 9,000 offshore entities, many aimed at commerce in India and South Africa, and investment in the banking sector alone has reached over $1 billion. Mauritius, with its strong textile sector and responsible fiscal management, has been well poised to take advantage of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
Hello Catherine, I can tell that Mauritius is full of natural beauty such as the botanical garden, the old capital of Port Louis which is a mixture of the old colonial era and the new developed world, extinct volcanoes of Trou aux Cerfs, the Gorge of Black River, different beautiful waterfalls, natural lakes such Grand Bassin, the splendid valley of 23-coloured earth, crocodile park with a tortoise corner and different museums in it, Blue Penny Museum where you can see rare stamps, naval museum and museums about our tea and sugar industries. there are also natural reserves where you can have different activities, such as trekking, zip lines, safari and quad biking. Some strikingly beautiful small islands around the main island of Mauritius can also be visited, such as Ile aux deux Cocos and Ile aux Aigrettes. Chamarel is a unique place which is considered as of the enigmas of nature. The soil exibits 7 colours which do not mix with one another. There you can also enjoy the fantastic view of the highest waterfall in Mauritius and see the fields of tropical fruits such as pineapples, mango, papaya, bananas, maracujas and also coffee. Not far from Chamarel, you can have the opportunity to visit the rum factory which has also a museum and where you taste the different types of rums. Mauritius is a rich mixture of cultures and therefore you can have different dishes ranging from creole, indian, chinese and european cuisines. A wide variety of fresh fish and tropical fruits and vegetables are also available. The most popular and tasty dishes are heart palm salad, marlin, grilled fish with prawns and lobsters and a variety of sea food and meat dishes with different kinds of sauces.