When in Mauritius after the sun shines the sky is blue, flowers are bursting with color, sugarcane is green, palm trees and grasses at resorts seem unreal. Mauritius Island is a special experience for all human senses.
The island (10 to 12 hours flight from Europe, 6 hours flight from Dubai and four hours flight from Johannesburg) has become a popular tourist destination. It offers a variety of accommodations from 3 star hotels to luxury five star hotels. It is especially attractive to newlyweds as most hotels offer special discounts and benefits for them.
Friendly and friendly hosts who come to the island from all parts of the world contribute to the development of tourism. Mauritius was uninhabited until the 17th century. It was discovered by the Portuguese. 1789 Dutch Admiral Wybrand van Warwick first landed in Mauritius. Warwick was the driver of further settlement. Initially, the island belonged to the Maskaren group of islands. The Portuguese gave it the name Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues. The Dutch later named him Mauritius (in honor of Prince Maurice). In 1715, the island was ruled by the French. Then for about 150 years the rule was England. The British abolished slavery. With the abolition of slavery, the Chinese and Indians came to the island. They were a new workforce on sugar plantations. Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam peacefully declared independence in 1968.
Today, there are about 2.5 million inhabitants on the island. Most residents speak Creole. English and French are equally represented. The peaceful coexistence of people of different religions is striking here. In one place you can see the Hindu and Buddhist temple, mosque, or Catholic church. Religious and national diversity is present in the culture, gastronomy and customs of the island. The capital city is Port Louis known for its large and colorful market.
Every part of the island is unusual and special. Tourists certainly tour Chamarela-Earth with seven colors and a waterfall that falls from a height of 85 meters. Visit the Pamplemousses Garden Botanical Garden near Grand Baie, Le Domaine de L’Etoile National Park, Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park with crocodiles and big turtles. Or the Museum of Sugar Adventure (L’Aventure de Sucre).
Chamarel-Earth of seven colors is a natural phenomenon of sandy soil of unusual colors and shapes. The route leads through beautiful nature with sugar cane, pineapple, banana and palm plantations to the waterfall and then to a palm plantation called “Million Dollar” (a juicy palm tree medium used to make smoked sword salad called “Million Dollar Salad”) to Land of seven colors. It was at this point that nature played with unusual colors and shapes. The earth and sand here are resilient to weather and climate change.
At Le Domaine de L’Etoile National Park you can enjoy coffee and vanilla plantations, endemic species of various trees, ride quads through endless fields of sugarcane growing high up into the sky.
Mauritius Island is a paradise island of volcanic origin where there are no poisonous snakes, malarial mosquitoes or dangerous marine animals. The flora and fauna of the island is tame. The island has several micro climates so it can be sunny on one side while it rains on the other. As the whole island is surrounded by coral reefs the public beaches are very comfortable with fine and soft sand.
For lovers of swimming and warmer seas during the winter, the east coast is more exposed to the southeast wind, so it is better to look for accommodation in the north or west of the island.
In Mauritius, the Mojito refreshing drink / cocktail is made from rum, fresh mint, lime, soda water and broken pieces of ice.
The island of Mauritius is a trademark of the Dodo bird that lived on it in ancient times. She couldn’t fly, so she was an easy prey for predators. The Dodo bird was exterminated by the 17th century. As science progresses, it could soon be revived from its fossil remains.