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The very mention of Mauritius immediately conjures up images of idyllic beaches, coral reefs and towering volcanic mountains sandwiching the most luxurious of resorts.
Luxury beach resorts.
Miles upon miles of pristine beaches.
Diving and snorkelling.
Mauritius is the quintessential Indian Ocean tropical island. Surrounded almost entirely by coral reefs and 330 kilometres of white sand beaches, it is the epitome of paradise. Luxury beach resorts hug the coastline and are overlooked by imposing forested volcanic hills, sharply rising into a volcanic central plateau.
Accommodation options on Mauritius are aimed at the luxury market. The majority are large 5 star resorts offering all the facilities and amenities one could ever desire. Smaller, more intimate boutique offerings are unfortunately few and far between.
Mauritius, unlike the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago and the coastal resorts of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, doesn’t naturally link effortlessly with Africa's famous safari areas. However, if you really want to combine your safari experience with Mauritius it is certainly possible with a bit of careful logistical planning.
The main hubs of Nairobi and Johannesburg offer direct flights to Mauritius as does Cape Town. Flight time is approximately 4 hours from each. Although this is not too arduous there is the consideration of flying from your safari reserve to Johannesburg if in South Africa or Nairobi if in Kenya. An extra flight will be required if trying to reach Johannesburg or Nairobi from a safari reserve outside of these two countries. In this instance it may possibly take 4 flights to reach Mauritius which can be a huge waste of valuable time. On the contrary, the islands of Zanzibar can be reached by direct flight from your safari game reserve. In the case of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania you can travel from bush to beach in a mere 45 minutes.
So why choose Mauritius? Mauritius is a popular destination for honeymooners as it offers that special touch of luxury. Families are also drawn here as it is non-malarial and therefore combines well with the malaria-free reserves of South Africa. Others just love the idea of Mauritius and wish to travel as it is a place they have always wanted to visit.
Snorkelling and diving are possibilities on Mauritius and is undoubtedly a pleasurable experience for first-timers or leisurely participants. However, for serious divers we always recommend choosing Pemba or Mafia due to the world-class offerings of these islands.