Unless you live in southern Africa, you must be wondering to yourself: where the heck is Mauritius, and why should I care?
In recent years, the travel media has been beginning to leak this closely guarded secret to the world, so we feel it to be our duty to reinforce that this place needs to be discovered by travel connoisseurs such as yourself before they get ruined by the fanny pack brigade.
If you have started to wonder about these exotic islands of late, it’s time to get off the fence: make 2017 the year that you discover Mauritius.
An island of many cultures
For an island that has such a young history of habitation, it has a surprising level of multiculturalism that is normally associated with places that are much older.
After two failed attempts at establishing a colony by the Portuguese and the Dutch, the French finally managed to establish a foothold in the 18th century.
They brought African slaves with them to tend the fields of their sugar plantations, but soon, a successful invasion by the British in the 19th century changed who was in charge.
Later that century, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, leading to the immigration of Indian and Chinese agricultural laborers.
All these influences blended together over the centuries to form the modern day tapestry that currently exists in Mauritius today.
As a result, you can expect chow mein to be served alongside samosas and rougaille, and a vibrant mix of different cultures will ensure that your stay is an interesting one.
One of the reasons that Mauritius is popular among tourists from South Africa and elsewhere is the fact that its beaches are regularly ranked among the top in the world.
Ile aux Cerfs is usually mentioned in conversation, as this idyllic isle off the east coast of Mauritius is bisected by a channel that visitors can float along without a care in the world, to say nothing of the blinding white sand along its shores.
On the main island, Belle Mare is your best bet if you are looking for a truly beautiful beach, although there are countless spots that you can claim as your own around this island nation.
There’s plenty to do in the interior as well
If you’re wondering if there’s more to do on Mauritius then lie on the beach you will be pleasantly surprised by what the interior has in store.
Le Morne Brabant is one of its signature mountains and it also has historical significance, as it was the place where escaped slaves hid from their masters during the bad old days of that practice.
Les 7 Cascades are a dramatic series of waterfalls that will provide an alternative to the beach as a way to cool off.
The Aapravasi Ghat harkens back to the days when Indians were flooding into the islands in search of a better life. As you will quickly see during your time in Mauritius, this island nation is a three-dimensional place.
Make 2017 the year you discover Mauritius
Are you hyped about this idyllic archipelago yet? If you are interested, but you aren’t quite sure whether you want to pull the trigger on a round trip airfare, check out more details about this place in this infographic…