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Mauritius

Mauritius is the best known island in the Indian Ocean and a popular choice with South African travellers for many years. It is a destination that people fall in love with and return to. Exquisite golden beaches, warm turquoise waters, exceptional cuisine, first-rate spas, just about every land and water sport activity imaginable and wonderful, accommodating people make this an irresistible year round destination. This is Mauritius, a fertile island of forests and mountains, volcanic craters, waterfalls and gorges, charming little villages and warm people.

Things you need to know

Climate

Warmest months are October to March, temperatures range in the high twenties to low thirties. Coolest months are April to September, days are pleasant and evenings are cooler.

Language

Creole, French and English.

Visa

Not required by South African passport holders.

Health

No specific health requirements. Mosquito repellent is recommended in the summer months.

What things cost

The local currency is Mauritian rupees
 
Bottle of water MUR 80
Soft drink MUR 110
Beer MUR 120
Cocktail MUR 250 – 350
Bottle of wine MUR 750
Light lunch MUR 350
Dinner MUR 500 - 1000

Banks and hotels will change Rand notes and other major currencies. All major credit cards accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants (not in village shops). ATMs in larger towns. Hotel bills are in Rupees. All major currencies are accepted at the hotels and in the stores.

Communications

Excellent. All hotels have direct-dial telephones, fax, email and internet points. Excellent mobile telephone reception everywhere.

Flights

Air Mauritius and South African Airways fly daily from Johannesburg to Mauritius (flight time approximately 4 hours). Air Mauritius flies direct from Cape Town and Durban on certain days of the week.

Customs

Prohibited: Import of sugar cane. Plants, fruits, flowers and animals require clearance from the Ministry of Agriculture. Firearms and ammunition must be declared on arrival.

Import Allowance

Tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes) not exceeding 250gm, 1l of spirits or 2l wine, ale or beer. 250ml of eau de toilette and 100ml of perfume for personal use.

Driving

South Africa driver's license accepted. Driving is on the left hand side of the road.

Time

GMT +4

Electricity

220v. British bayonet-pinned plug and SA/European twin-pinned plugs (thin prongs).

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