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Africa » Mauritius » Black River July 1st 2017

July 1, 2017 - Today was a real day of adventure. I got up at 7am and was out a little after 8am. My destination? The Black River Gorges National Park. The challenge? Being frugal. There is no direct bus to the park, so I asked a tour agency the other day how much it would cost to take me/pick me up. It was about $55, which seemed like a lot. And this, my friends, is one of the times when traveling alone sucks. Everything costs more because there is no one to share the cost with you. I also asked Bernard if I could take the bus. He said yes - take the bus to the nearby Cascavelle "Mall" and then take another bus to Black River. I would have to walk from there but ... read more
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Flying
11am and still fruit bats everywhere!

Africa » Mauritius » Port Louis June 30th 2017

June 30 - Where even are you, Jenn? Right. Remember the dodos? The big goofy birds that went extinct when we ate them all by 1681? I'm on that island where they used to live. It's off the east coast of Madagascar, which is off the east coast of Africa. I decided I would get moving and back to my normal travel self today. No more lying around on the beach. I got up at 7am and was ready to leave by 8:15. I saw Bernard and he said the technician would be in to fix the tv and when I got home, the tv worked. Magic. I walked over to the bus stop and waited for a bus going to Port Louis (Louie), the capital. I waited 5-10 minutes and then I was on my ... read more
Gate at Botanic Garden
Enormous overhead spider
Scary angle shot

Africa » Mauritius June 28th 2017

June 28, 2017 - I'm in Mauritius - how did that happen? Before, during and after my Alaska adventures this spring I was kept quite busy with my job and PolarTREC work as well. It did not leave me with much time to think about where to go this summer, and I was tired and kept putting off a decision. Having already been to so many places also made it more difficult to choose a place, as I am running out of affordable or no visa required locations to jaunt off to. I was back and forth between several ideas, spending random hours in the book store researching destinations, finding it difficult to make a decision. I usually start months before, and know how long I will want in each place and what is possible, with ... read more
Sunset at Flic en Flac
Saw this little guy who had washed up on the beach
Sunset at Flic en Flac

Africa » Mauritius » Port Louis May 19th 2017

October 2000 Dear Overseas Friend(s) Myself and Alice are coming to the end of an idyllic fortnight on the paradise island of Mauritius. Reminiscent of Tobago, this is a place I could retire to. The natives look Indian, sound French and drive old-fashioned British cars (Austin Cambridges, Minis, Morris Oxfords) on the left side of the road. Hindu temples rub shoulders with churches, wayside shrines to the Virgin Mary and mosques. Last Thursday, Diwali was celebrated big time with banks and shops all shut. Newspapers are in French. Films are dubbed in French. The official language is English, but everyone speaks creole. Although part of the OAU (Organisation of African Unity), Mauritius is definitely not Africa! Buses here are a throwback to England circa 1960. The beaches are gorgeous - white sand beside a ridiculously blue ... read more
Paradise

Africa » Mauritius » Pereybere May 19th 2017

Alice and I spent 11 days in Mauritius - from October 16th 2000 to the 27th. My first choice destination had been the Seychelles; but the air fare was high, compared to Mauritius, which cost $400 return by Air Tanzania (stopping in Zanzibar and Comoros en route), so I chose Mauritius. Our 11 days were at the end of the low season, so we just caught the low prices and avoided the tourist throngs. Before going, I knew very little about the island: I imagined it was expensive and exclusive, a magnet for jet-setting tourists. I feared it might be bland and unstimulating. Not so! Mauritius is a great little place. Here are my memories of an excellent holiday: Hotels: We stayed in 4 hotels. Our first night was spent at Le Saladier in Mahebourg - ... read more
Local Beers
Red-Whiskered Bulbul
Hindu Temple

Africa » Mauritius » Moka April 9th 2017

My first hiking- Le Pouce Mountain Le Pouce is the third highest mountain in Mauritius, peaking at 812m. Le Pouce is known as the ‘The Thumb’ peak. h yes ! It was my first hike. I was already late to meet my friends, who were waiting for me at Reduit. It all started with the wrong alarm setting. I woke up late and while rushing, a great surprise was already waiting for me. Could you guess ? My adorable monthly menses made her appearance. Of course, there was no reason for me to cancel my first hiking. After three days of diarrhea, a day before I went to the beach where I swallowed much salty water, my nose was already blocked with phlegm, and now I have to hike wi... read more

Africa » Mauritius » Port Louis May 4th 2016

PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS - 14th April Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean, due east of Madagascar, it is just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Port Louis is on the north west coast and main port. The beautiful island boasts moonscaped mountains that dominate the interior with wild gorges and sweeping fields of green sugar cane (for the rum). Mark Twain said in 1896 "Mauritius was created before paradise came into being, and served as an example to the latter". Our tour took us to the south of the island and high into a mountainous region and as we drove it became darker and more gloomy. We had left the port in glorious sunshine. The first stop was the Trou aux Cerfs crater, formed by an extinct volcano. Not much of a crater to look into ... read more
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Africa » Mauritius » Grand Port May 1st 2016

General info: Currency: Mauritian Rupee Cost of living: 1,5L bottle of water 25R, bottle of wine 300R, meal in restaurant about 200-400R In the beginning I let myself to quote Mark's Twain words, which perfectly desribe the island "Mauritius was made first, and then heaven was copied after Mauritius". The Resort in which we've had pleasure to spend our layover is a complex of everything what you may need within hand's reach. The bar where they serve beautiful tropical drinks, restaurant with delicious food, small stores with local products, swimming pool, sunbeds, umbrellas and heavenly beach rinsing by Indian Ocean water. It all together creates perfectly relaxing atmosphere. Resort offers wariety of water activities, but at the same time warns against driffting to far away, becouse of strong ocean current in this area so in concern ... read more
Hotel Shandrani Resort Spa, Mauritius
Indian Ocean, Mauritius
Shells, Mauritius

Africa » Mauritius » Port Louis March 28th 2016

When we tell people that we are going to Mauritius, their first reaction is: where? When we explain that it is an island off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, they want to know how long it takes to fly there. Our answer is, we don't know. But we do know that it takes 8/9 days by sea from Fremantle in Western Australia to Port Louis, the capital. Leaving Fremantle, the seas are mild and the winds are strong but as we head out to sea the waves get higher and the chop gets shorter and the ship begins to bounce around. Sylvia and I are not affected (we got our extreme sea-legs crossing the Atlantic) but a lot of passengers choose to stay in their cabins for the two days before the sea ... read more
Mauritius - Fruit Market
Mauritius - Mannequins
Mauritius - Charity Walk

Africa » Mauritius » Port Louis February 15th 2016

Geo: -20.1605, 57.4977We arrived in port early and after breakfast we caught the shuttle bus to St Gilles-Les-Baines. This was a thirty minute trip from the port and is a seaside resort with the only white beach on the island. Reunion is a volcanic island and other beaches tend to have black sand. From where the bus dropped us off it was a short walk into the small town. We found a bank and withdrew some euros. It did not take long to walk up and down the main street. It was a Sunday so not many shops were open. It was also very hot so we sought shelter at a café, O Ti Marche where they had fans and we tried the local Dodo beer. Their WIFi was excellent so spent some time catching up. ... read more
At O Ti Marche
View of the river and bridge
At the beach at St Gilles




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