Mauritius is an island located off eastern Africa, lying about 800 km east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Its outlying territories are Rodrigues Island, situated about 550 km eastward, the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 400 km north eastward, and the Agalega Islands, 930 km northward from the main island. Mauritius also claims sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago (including Diego Garcia), some 2,000 km to the northeast, although this claim is disputed by Britain.
It is a volcanic island almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. The northern part is a plain that rises to a central plateau, varying in elevation from about 270 to 730 metres above sea level. The plateau is bordered by small mountains that may have formed the rim of an ancient volcano; the highest point (828 metres) is Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire in the southwest. The two major rivers, the Grand River Southeast and the Black River, are the primary sources of hydroelectric power. Lake Vacoas, one of the main reservoirs, is the chief source of water.
Mauritius is a foodie’s paradise that is packed full of fantastic places to see and amazing activities to experience. You can visit the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden, one of the world’s best botanical gardens. These gardens are often compared to Kew Gardens in London, but unlike at Kew, all the gardens are outside in a setting not too dissimilar to their natural habitat.
You can visit Port Louis, the capital, on the north-west coast of the island. Here you get the chance to experience everyday urban life in Mauritius. Enjoy the French colonial-inspired architecture of the old city and the relaxed shopping and dining area at the Caudan Waterfront.
At an average temperature of 25.7 °C, February is the hottest month of the year. At 20.5 °C on average, August is the coldest month of the year. On average there are 86.63 hours of sunshine per month.
Travelling to Mauritius, you would fly to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, from here it is a 40 minute drive to Port Louis, 50 minutes to Bel Ombre and 1 hour 20 minutes to Grand Gaube.