Top Ten Mauritian Attractions

Top Ten Mauritian Attractions

       Mauritius is an island nation off the southeast coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 km (560 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius Island is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 km (120 mi) to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km (350 mi) to the northeast. Mauritius’s area is 2,040 square km; its capital city is Port Louis. The British took control of the islands during the Napoleonic Wars, and Mauritius became independent from the UK in 1968.Mauritius has an upper middle income economy. The main languages spoken in Mauritius are Mauritian Creole, French and English. English is the only official language but the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programs are usually in French. Rodriguan Creole is a minority language and is spoken in certain parts of the country only. The country is composed of several ethnicities, including Indian, African, Chinese and French. The first European explorers found no indigenous people living on the island. The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo. This bird was an easy prey to settlers due to its weight and inability to fly and became extinct fewer than 80 years after the initial European colonization.

  1. Le Morne Brabant

    Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the extreme south-western tip of Mauritius and the most windward side of the island. It is highlighted by an eponymous single standing basaltic rock with a summit of 556 m (1821 ft.) above sea level, the most imposing sight on Mauritius. The summit covers an area of more than 12 hectares. There are many overhanging caves on the steep slopes. It is surrounded by a lagoon and is a famous tourist attraction. It is also one of the last three refuges of one of the rarest plants in the world, the Mandrinette. Another rare plant which grows only on the sides of the mountain is Trochetia boutoniana. This hill became well-known in the 19th century when runaway slaves used Le Morne Brabant as a hideaway. After the abolition of slavery on Mauritius, a police expedition traveled to the rock on 1 February 1835 to tell the slaves that they are free people. However, the slaves misunderstood the expedition and jumped to death. Since then, this day is celebrated by Mauritian creoles as Annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery. The peninsula of Le Morne benefits from a micro-climate.
    Links: Top 100 Flowers, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Morne_Cultural_Landscape,
  2. La Réunion



    La Réunion is an island with a population of about 800,000 located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometers (120 mi) south west of Mauritius, the nearest island. Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas départements of France. Like the other overseas departments, Réunion is also one of the 27 regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland. Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, is part of the Eurozone.
    Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten African Islands,  Top 100 Beaches, Top Ten Volcanoes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_R%C3%A9union,
  3. Port Louis

    Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the country, with a population of 147,688 (2003), and main port, bordering the Indian Ocean.
    Links: Top Ten Ports, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Louis,
  4. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top 100 Birds, Top Ten Extinct Animals (Non-Dinosaur), Top Ten Dinosaurs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius,