HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN MAURITIUS?
Mauritius has more than enough intrigue and activity to fulfil a lengthier vacation of two weeks or more, and to truly gain the most of the island, this timeframe is highly recommended. However, if you are wishing to enjoy some tropical relaxation after a more extended safari itinerary, four days will allow you to unwind, take in the exquisite beaches and spend a day discovering some of Mauritius’ more iconic attractions.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
As with many equatorial countries, Mauritius suffers a significant monsoon season of heavy rains, high winds and almost debilitating humidity. The height of monsoon occurs from December to March each year and should most certainly be avoided. The bridging months – November, April and May – are fickle, often less populated but prone to the occasional downpour. The northern hemisphere summer months, from June to September, are much drier, with amiable temperatures and less humidity; wonderful, warm days, 75ºF (23ºC) ocean and cooler, comfortable nights.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN MAURITIUS?
Private residences are rare in Mauritius, with most accommodations being hotels within the capital of Port Louis, and larger resorts throughout the mainland and neighbouring islands. Some colonial guesthouses and smaller inland retreats are available, however most resorts are of a premium, contemporary standard, though some cater more to families and a more communally interactive clientele.
Luxury resorts preferred by Rothschild Safaris include private villas, self-contained lodges and an intimate setting more akin to the venues we select across Africa.
The majority of Western travellers don’t require a visa for Mauritius if visiting for vacation purposes. While inoculations for Mauritius are minimal, we recommend that you contact your travel designer or a travel medicine specialist for vaccination advice.
International flights arrive directly from Europe and South Africa, other nations requiring transfers through these countries to arrive. While one could happily spend two weeks enjoying and exploring Mauritius, we recommend considering it a tropical conclusion to your African or Indian safari.
While French is used extensively, along with the national language of Morisyen, or Mauritian Creole, English is spoken prevalently and few language barriers should arise. To explore the island, we recommend using a local driver and guide to uncover the island’s hidden secrets and less populated regions. Cycling is also highly recommended, with bike hire readily available and Mauritius’ picturesque landscapes far more appreciable at this slower pace.
Mauritian food standards are exceptional. Resorts and retreats offer the highest standards of international cuisine. Creole dishes are widely available, with Indian and Chinese influences found in local restaurants, especially in the capital of Port Louis. Dietary requirements can be easily accommodated upon request, but advising staff of your requirements ahead of time is recommended.