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Mauritius Country Information

Mauritius Country Information

An outstandingly beautiful tropical island lying in the Indian Ocean, about 1,800km off the east coast of Africa. The island of Mauritius enjoys a 330-kilometre coastline of soft sandy beaches surrounded by one the the largest unbroken coral reefs in the world. Sheltered by barieriesof coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, making Mauritius a dream destination for both beach and diving.

Quick Facts

Area size: 2,040 km2
Capital: Port Louis
Money & Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Official Language: No official language
Other Languages: Mauritian Creole, English & French
Time: UTC+4
Telephone Country Code: +230
Electricity: 230 V with square 3-pin plugs

Geography:

The Republic of Mauritius incorporates Rodrigues island, the Agalega islands and Saint Brandon. Mauritius island was created by volcanic activity some 8 million years ago. The volcano is no longer active and the hotspot now rests under Réunion Island, with no activity for more than 100,000 years. Mauritius is surrounded by a broken ring of mountain ranges. The land rises from coastal plains to a central plateau to a height of 670 m, with the highest peak at Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire at 828 metres. Streams and rivers are abundant around the island, formed in the cracks created by lava flows.

Climate & Best time to visit Mauritius:

It's not very hard to choose when to go to Mauritius, because the island enjoys a relatively mild tropical climate year round. You can expect sunny weather at any time of the year

November to April is the summer, with long, hot and humid days.
January to March is the cyclone season with the wettest months – so heavy rain can be expected during this time.
May to October is winter, however it never gets cold and the average temperature simply drops from sticky to balmy.

So when would we say is the best time to travel to Mauritius?
For cooler, drier weather, May to December would be best, however we reccommend avoiding the east coast in July and August as this is when the wind is at its strongest on this side of the island.

Health & Entry Requirements:

A passport (valid for 6 months beyond intended stay) and a visas are required for most nationalities (not required for South African passport holders).
Compulsory Vaccinations - Yellow Fever (Only if traveling from an infected country)
Reccommended Vaccinations - Hepatitis A&B, Tetanus, Polio

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