5 reasons to visit Mauritus

We’ve stuck so far to UK holidays with our kiddos – there are so many amazing and beautiful place on our own island that we’ve yet to explore. The kiddos, however, are eager to go abroad, so we’re hoping to venture somewhere next year. We’re not really the sit on a beach all day kinda people, we’d like to visit somewhere where it is sunny, but with some interesting places to explore, somewhere we can get a feel for what it’s like to live there as opposed to just staying in a resort for a week.

Black-River-Gorges - 5 reasons to visit Mauritus

One place that is top of our ‘to visit’ list is Mauritius. Located in the Indian Ocean, around 2,000 k from the African Continent, it’s surrounded by gorgeous beaches, is lovely and warm and only 4 hours ahead of GMT {so shouldn’t suffer too much from Jet Lag!}. I’ve been gazing longingly at pictures of those beaches today, as the view outside my window is rather grey and rainy. I’ve also been having a bit of a  scout around at what things we could do/see if we took a trip there. I think the key would be to hire a car so we’re free to explore the island as we please. We love exploring the local wildlife, getting to see sights that aren’t typical tourist destinations and learning a little about the history of the place.

Here are five reasons Mauritius is tempting us to visit..

1| La Vanille Nature Park , Rivière Des Anguilles

Located near the southern tip of Mauritius, you can learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about crocodiles! There are more than 2000 crocodiles reside here, alongside 1000 turtles and an astounding 23,000 species of butterflies and insects. My girls LOVE the butterfly house near us – so this amount of butterflies would be amazing! It would be fascinating to get to see a crocodile in the flesh too {thought hopefully not too close}

2| Mahébourg Market

This is supposedly the least touristic and most traditional of all of Mauritius’ markets, offering great bargains on items including spices, clothes and children’s toys. It’s also a great place to try some of the traditional food that’s available, including biryanis and kulfi.

3| Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park is over 16,680 acres in size and is a haven to highly endangered native plants and animals. It is home to around 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and nine species of birds that can only be found in Mauritius.

4| Port Louis

The capital of Mauritius, there are many things worth seeing – from the Champ de Mars racecourse {the oldest in the Southern Hempisphere} to the Domaines Les Pailles, where you can get a feel for one of Mauritius’ old-fashioned sugar estates, to the 19th Century Theater of Port Louis.

5| Martello Tower, La Preuneuse

The Martello Tower at La Preuneuse was built by the British between 1810 and 1846 to protect them against their enemy the French navy. It was restored in 1999 and the tower is now open for guided tours.

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