mauritius africa’s hidden treasure
I remember when I first read about Mauritius (now what seems a lifetime ago), my imagination conjured up images of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and people soaking up the sun. So pretty much the stereo-typical impression when one thinks of an island. But boy! Was I far off the mark! Indeed it has the some of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve ever seen, but the island, this tiny drop in the Indian Ocean located off the south-east coast of Africa and spans approximately 1865 km² is so much more than just a tropical paradise. It is a melting pot of diverse cultures, food and traditions that will have you going back for more each time!
Mauritius or officially called the Republic of Mauritius was formerly a French and later a British colony. It gained its independence in 1968. I won’t bore you by going into its history which can easily be looked up and read online. Apart from the soft, powdery white sandy beaches and warm beautiful turquoise waters, the thing that stands out most for me is the warmth of its people. Mauritians are the epitome of what it means to live in harmony among such a diverse mix of cultures ranging from Indian, Chinese, Creole and French and where people are colour blind to the colour of skin, respectful and accommodating to religion and traditions and accepting and welcoming of all people no matter your race or nationality.
There is plenty to do on the island which is both a business hub and a haven for tourists. Come along with me as I take you to explore some of my favourite treasures of the island.