Going to Mauritius on Holiday
For South Africans looking for a beach holiday and an island experience there are few better options than Mauritius.
A 4 hour flight and a short transfer later and you could be on the beach sipping cocktails within 5 hours of leaving Joburg. While it is very tempting to stay in your resort and relax, we urge allour clients to take a few excursions aroudn the island. Below are some of the requirements for visiting and some tips to make your stay more comfortable.
The Republic of Mauritius is situated around 900 km from Madagascar and makes up part of the Mascarene Islands. The island is around 2,040 square kilometres and has around 1.3 million inhabitants. Mauritius has a coast line of 177 km and is about 11 times the size of Washington DC.
This island has been colonised by the Dutch, the French, the British and by India and the influences are still evident.
The capital city of Mauritius is Port Louis and it is located in the north west of the island. The island has been divided into 9 areas: Plaines Wilhems, Pamplemousses, Black River, Port Louis, Moka, Rivière du Rempart, Flacq, Savanne, and Grand Port.
Mauritius is renowned for its extremely clean beaches with white sand and turquoise waters as well as its range of exquisite hotels.
Visa and Health Requirements for Mauritius
Do South Africans need a Visa when travelling to Mauritius?
South African passport holders do not require visas or inoculations for travel to Mauritius.( Correct as of May 2017 )
Generally Speaking it is safer to have a passports that is valid for a minimum of six months after return date back to South Africa.
Please check Visa requirements before you book as they do change from time to time
The prerequisite for entering Mauritius is a valid passport.
Tourists are entitled to stay for a maximum period of 3 months provided they have a valid passport and visa, return ticket and enough money.
At this stage South African passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Mauritius, only a valid passport. A European individual shall have to possess a visa if he/ she stay in Mauritius for more than 3 months. The visas are issued by the Government of Mauritius to the individual without any cost at the port of entry . The visa is valid for 3 months.
Flights operating from South Africa to Mauritius
The official airline - Air Mauritius -is headquartered in St. Louis. It recognizes itself as a 'preferred leisure airline'. Air Mauritius is well connected with cities in Europe and Australia. It connects Mauritius with Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Durban, Cape Town, London, Milan, Milan Malpensa, Munich, Rome and Zurich. . Other popular airlines to Mauritius from South Africa include British Airways,and South African Airways.Many of these airlines offer cheap flights to Mauritius. For availing discount rates and cheap flights, you should book your air tickets to Mauritius in advance.
The Sir Seewoo Sagur Ramgoolam International Airport (airport code - MRU), Plaisance just 4 kms from Mahebourg is the base of Air Mauritius Airlines. This airport has just one terminal building with a parking facility too. Apart from that, the tourists can find duty free shops, florist, restaurants, banks, Air Mauritius Lounge along with AML Lounge – VIP while waiting for their flights to and from Mauritius.
220/240 volts (square-pinned plug).
South African 2-pin plugs can be found at all hotels.
Shopping is of an international standard.
Also offers local shopping treats like jewellery, model ships, spices,
local rum etc.
Great shopping at Port Louis market, Caudan Waterfront, Curepipe
and Grand Baie.
Bargaining: Bargaining is a part of life in Mauritius and is great fun!
Beachwear and informal clothing are ideal for daytime.
Dress for dinner is smart/casual and gentlemen are requested
to wear long trousers at dinner.
Pamplemousses Royal Botanical Gardens
The seven-coloured earths at Chamarel
East and West Coast excursions
Not so long ago, Sega represented the only way of entertainment for African slaves, who, after a long day of work in the sugarcane plantations would gather at night to dance at the beach. Sega is the music of oppression and party, the purest expression of Mauritius people.
Today, Sega and Seggae, the child of Sega and Reggae, are still the most popular rythms between Mauritians. You’ll hear them live on popular beaches (like Flic en Flac or Trou aux Biches) on a Sunday afternoon, played by jamming locals accompanied by their families. For a cultural experience, many Hotels offer a traditional dinner (or only drinks) along with live Sega entertainment with musicians and dancers, so fill-up that Mojito and join the party!