Official Name: Republic of Mauritius
Population: 1.3 million
Land Area: 2040 square km
Capital: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee MUR10 = AUD37 cents (calculated 01 September 2016)
Time: 4 hours ahead of GMT
Language: the Mauritian constitution makes not mention of an official language however both English and French are spoken.
Schooling: Free education fro pre-primary to tertiary level
Parliament: Democratic multi party Republic. Initially found uninhabited by Arab sailors, then by a Portuguese navigator but first colonised by Dutch who later abandoned it for French control which was later surrendered to English control. Independence granted from United Kingdom in 1969 and proclaimed a republic in 1992.
The island of Mauritius is located approx. 2,000 km from mainland south east coast of Africa and is fairly small – 62 km by 47 km . Port Louis is a modern capital home to a bustling port and revitalized waterfront with a busy market. The climate is typically tropical with clear waters, beautiful white sandy beaches and forests in the mountainous areas. There are two seasons: Summer is warm and humid during Nov – April and the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. Winter is relatively cool and dry but averages 20 degrees Celsius. Most rainfall occurs during the summer months with seasonal cyclones generally from January -March.
Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals and are often threatened by human inhabitation and farming practises. A fabulous place to relax or explore with lots of choices from; exclusive diving experiences in the turquoise lagoons, deep sea fishing or sailing, beach and water sports, golf, black river gorge trekking, horse riding, being pampered at one of the many spa and wellness resorts or chilling at the shops or even at the casinos. The choice is yours! The local cuisine offers a wonderful infusion of Indian, Chinese, Creole and European. A joy to experience.
Mauritius is arguably Africa’s wealthiest destination and lives up to expectations as a a tropical paradise with a variety of things to do. Most visitors enjoy the relaxed beach life atmosphere and activities so gravitate toward resort areas such as Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches and the more bustling Flic en Flac, popular with scuba divers. If you are a deep-sea fishing fan then Rivière Noire is ideal.
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