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Trip Report

Mauritian Culture and Heritage

Immerse yourself in the true history, cultures and people of the island - beyond just beaches (although they play a big part!).

by frameambition - julieAbout Me:Frame Ambition is a travel and culture blog by Julie O - a Kenyan writer, dance lover and almost-architect. Come over for vibes at festivals, on trains, doing workstays and decolonizing travel at every opportunity. read more

Mauritius6 days / November 2019

Highs & Lows

Hike up Le Morne Brabant for an amazing view of the "underwater waterfall". Also, street food. Get into it.

Public transport can be a little limiting.

Itinerary Overview

Mauritius is a jewel in the Indian Ocean best known as a romantic beach destination, and with good reason. Beyond that though, the people of the island and their unique mix of cultures and histories are what really make Mauritius. This itinerary is a great introduction to the soul of the island.

There’s some city and beach life, food and rum to enjoy and cultural influences from China to Mozambique to France to India all merged into the Mauritian identity.

I recommend at least a week in the country to get a feel of different sides of the island – even if you stay in one place every night, no two points are further apart than a 2-hour drive. Day trip heaven.

  • 4 Nights: Le Morne
    Beach time, a historical hike and a symbol of resistance
  • 2 Nights: Port Louis
    City life, art and cultural heritage
  • Day trip: L'Aventure du Sucre
    History of the sugar industry and rum tasting

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would absolutely spend more time exploring the interior of the country more for more nature and hikes - it's also cooler (if a little more rainy) in areas like Curepipe.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I hopped on the wrong bus at Curepipe station and would have been headed to the opposite direction had the lovely station master not come to my rescue! Feel free to ask any of the ticket officers exactly which bus to get on to go where - you can pay for most trips with cash once you're on the bus.

  • How was the food?

    Give as much street food a go as you can! I enjoyed dholl puri, gateaux piments and dumplings (Chinese-style) the most.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack a combination of light and waterproof clothing, particularly if you'll be spending time inland.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Download the app Yugo - Mauritius' home-grown cab-hailing app for quick trips. There are also plenty of fantastic car rental or private transfer providers on the island for more flexibility. If you're feeling more adventurous or spontaneous - look up the bus schedules on ntcmauritius.com and mauritius-bus.com.

Lodging

  • AirBnB is a great option to find both homes and guesthouses that are locally-owned. On the day I hiked the mountain I actually took a day trip from Kaz'alala Guest house, Bel Ombre, which is a charming, homely property of renovated farm houses. LUX Le Morne Resort

  • Villa Jessica Guesthouse