Journey with us on our Mauritius getaway, a star in the constellation of Indian Ocean islands. We travelled for per week between April and Could when the climate was heat however not insufferable. After a brief flight and being a bit nervous about what we’d discover, we have been blown away as soon as we stepped into the humid autumn air. Who may very well be something however cheerful if you reside in paradise?
We stayed in Belle Mare, Flacq with our personal non-public seashore proper on the property! Lots of the Mauritian resorts and lodging have entry to non-public seashores or swimming swimming pools however right here the home was distant and tucked into the wild.
It was the day earlier than my boyfriend Tjaart’s birthday when tropical cyclone Fakir hit the shores of the island. The morning was spent safely locked indoors as our pristine seashore disappeared beneath large crashing waves and our palm bushes have been being plucked from the bottom by highly effective swirling winds. By that afternoon, nevertheless, the wind had all however disappeared and the calm turquoise ocean returned.
A magical birthday present arrived at our doorstep within the type of a neighborhood lady who greeted us with a heat smile as we tentatively opened the door to evaluate the injury. She confirmed us a field stuffed with freshly caught seafood from which we selected a lobster for the afternoon barbecue. In Mauritius you’ll be able to be assured that the whole lot is all the time contemporary and tropical!
Whereas nearly the whole lot may very well be discovered at our lodging, we opted to enterprise out to Grand Baie to scour the markets on our third day. Right here we discovered curios and the same old vacationer assortment that will be carried out on a Mauritius getaway however the day after the storm, a neighborhood information pulled as much as the home with a complete bus only for us. He proceeded to take us on a particular tour full with a panoramic view of the island, contemporary coconut and sugar cane juice!
We discovered the Rhumerie de Chamarel Distillery the place rum is made – a neighborhood specialty. Subsequent, we headed off to Chamarel Waterfall which has a pool for swimming beneath. It’s additionally doable to trek to the Seven Colored Earths from right here and the stroll there is taken into account one of many best hikes all through Africa due to how uncommon the sights are, full with endemic fauna and flora. Final, we explored the Trou aux Cerfs, a dormant volcano that showcases lush forest surroundings and a crater lake the place an array of vibrant birdlife resides.
Roads and Driving
We had rented a automobile for the journey however solely used it as soon as to get groceries as a result of the island turned out to be very accessible – plus the fantastic thing about the surrounds may very well be seen proper from our seashore. Instantly after the storm we discovered the roads inaccessible because of water or fallen vegetation and we thought it finest to only take in the tranquility of island life. Another wildlife actions supplied included taking a stroll in quest of uncommon Aldabra Big Tortoises (initially native to Seychelles) or a swim with the Bottlenose dolphins.
Lastly, heading house was a melancholy feeling (sweetened by some last sips of coconut juice) however we so loved our journey that we’ve each determined we undoubtedly must journey again in some unspecified time in the future. We hope our journey impressed you as a lot because it did us.
If you happen to’re seeking to plan your personal Mauritius getaway, converse to considered one of Rhino Africa’s journey consultants and create a bespoke Indian Ocean island journey.
Story: Megan J. Hohls
Featured Picture: Larry Venter