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The Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues 560 kilometres (350 mi) east of Mauritius, and the outer islands (Agaléga, St. Brandon and two disputed territories). The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2,040 km2 (790 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Port Louis.Formerly a Dutch colony (1638–1710) and a French colony (1715–1810), Mauritius became a British colonial possession in 1810 and remained so until 1968, the year in which it attained independence. The British crown colony of Mauritius once included the current territories of Mauritius, Rodrigues, the outer islands of Agaléga & St. Brandon, Chagos Archipelago, and Seychelles. The Mauritian territories gradually devolved with the creation of a separate colony of Seychelles in 1903 and the excision of the Chagos Archipelago in 1965.

The sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago is disputed between Mauritius and the United Kingdom (UK). The UK excised the archipelago from Mauritian territory in 1965, three years prior to Mauritian independence. The UK gradually depopulated the archipelago’s indigenous population and leased its biggest island, Diego Garcia, to the United States. Access to the archipelago is prohibited to casual tourists, the media, and its former inhabitants. Mauritius also claims sovereignty over Tromelin Island from France.

The people of Mauritius are multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual. The island’s government is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system, and Mauritius is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom. Along with the other Mascarene Islands, Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna, with many species endemic to the island. The island is widely known as the only known home of the dodo, which, along with several other avian species, was made extinct by human activities relatively shortly after the island’s settlement. Mauritius is the only country in Africa where Hinduism is the largest religion. The government uses English as its main language.

The island is surrounded by more than 150 km (100 mi) of white sandy beaches, and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island. Just off the Mauritian coast lie some 49 uninhabited islands and islets, several used as natural reserves for endangered species.

The island of Mauritius is relatively young geologically, having been created by volcanic activity some 8 million years ago. Together with Saint Brandon, Réunion, and Rodrigues, the island is part of the Mascarene Islands. These islands have emerged as a result of gigantic underwater volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of kilometres to the east of the continental block made up of Africa and Madagascar.[18] They are no longer volcanically active and the hotspot now rests under Réunion Island. Mauritius is encircled by a broken ring of mountain ranges, varying in height from 300–800 m (1,000–2,600 ft) above sea level. The land rises from coastal plains to a central plateau where it reaches a height of 670 m (2,200 ft); the highest peak is in the southwest, Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire at 828 metres (2,717 ft). Streams and rivers speckle the island, many formed in the cracks created by lava flows.

The first historical evidence of the existence of an island now known as Mauritius is on a map produced by the Italian cartographer Alberto Cantino in 1502.[25] From this, it appears that Mauritius was first named Dina Arobi around 975 by Arab sailors, the first people to visit the island.

In 1507 Portuguese sailors visited the uninhabited island. The island appears with a Portuguese name Cirne on early Portuguese maps, probably from the name of a ship in the 1507 expedition. Another Portuguese sailor, Dom Pedro Mascarenhas, gave the name Mascarenes to the Archipelago.

In 1598 a Dutch squadron under Admiral Wybrand van Warwyck landed at Grand Port and named the island Mauritius, in honour of Prince Maurice van Nassau, stadholder of the Dutch Republic. Later the island became a French colony and was renamed Isle de France. On 3 December 1810 the French surrendered the island to Great Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. Under British rule, the island’s name reverted to Mauritius.

Mauritius for Adults Only:

Serenity, privacy and comfort… These are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe our adults only hotel & spa. The hotel is a sought after destination for honeymooners and grown-ups seduced by the tranquility of this timeless Eden. Virginie and Paul were lovers. When Virginie drowned on the sailing ship Saint Geran off the Mauritius north-east coast during a cyclone, Paul was so devastated that he died shortly after of a broken heart. The story was immortalised by JH Bernardin de Sainte-Pierre in 1787 and has become a definition of true love. And so has this resort. With wood, stone and thatch Colonial décor throughout, all rooms face the Indian Ocean and have a private balcony or terrace. Double sun beds and hammocks, love nests dotted around; in this cocoon of beauty and tranquillity, time has no meaning; only love matters.

 

  • Airfare – (SAA) CPT/JNB / (MK) JNB/MRU / (MK) MRU/JNB / (SAA) JNB/CPT x 2
  • Return Seat-in-Coach transfer Mauritius Airport/Hotel/Mauritius/Airport
  • Superior Double Room – 7 nights
  • Rooms are located on the ground, first or second floor offering sea views and en-suite
  • Fruit platter & bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.
  • One candlelight dinner during your stay
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Afternoon tea/coffee and pancakes or snacks.
  • Soft drinks, juice, mineral water, local beers, selection of cocktails, local spirits and and

house wine by the glass.

  • Minibar including soft drinks, local juices, water and local beer only.
  • Land, Air with Airport taxes.

 

Total for Tour based on 2 adults sharing on full board basis
ZAR 47,398.00

 

Mauritius Golf Getaway;

A remarkable Golf & Spa Resort. Super kid-friendly, they even get their own buffet so they can choose what they eat. There is a fantastic beach club (on an equally beautiful beach) featuring all the water sports you want as well as restaurants and a bar, a great party venue separate from the main resort that hosts fashion shows and international DJs to ensure the entertainment value is catered for. To unwind, try the Spa or dine out at one of seven restaurants ensuring a new setting for every days end. The resort is all-inclusive so you can eat and drink to your hearts content. Free green fees are offered to all guests at the 18-hole championship Golf Club further supporting all interests and multi-generational group requests.

  • Airfare – (SAA) CPT/JNB / (MK) JNB/MRU / (MK) MRU/JNB / (SAA) JNB/CPT (x 2)
  • Return Seat-in-Coach transfer Mauritius Airport/Hotel/Mauritius/Airport
  • Deluxe Garden View Double Room – 7 nights
  • Rooms are located on the ground, first or second floors with garden views
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Ice cream at the Ice Cream Kiosk
  • Afternoon cakes and pancakes
  • Beers, soft drinks, juices, local & imported drinks, liquors, cocktails, selected wines,
  • Champagne by the glass at Beach Club outlets
  • Beach and pool side service
  • Sunset cocktail at the Beach bar
  • Minibar, stocked with crisps, soft drinks, local juices, white wine, local beers and water
  • 24-hour room service for selected food items (tray charge applies)
  • Drinks from the Shack
  • One 45-minute back massage per person per stay
  • Complimentary unlimited Green Fees at the Golf Club (championship course 9 & 18)
  • Land, Air and Airport taxes.
Total for Tour based on two adults sharing on full board basis
ZAR 62,191.00

 

Opulent Treat;

Located in the South regions of Mauritius. The beach hotel is surrounded by dramatic mountains and dense sugar cane fields. A product that combines the facilities of a resort hotel but at the same time offers privacy for those who want to recharge their batteries. Sea facing rooms are comfortably equipped and include air conditioning, telephone, ceiling fans, satellite TV, minibar, tea & coffee facility, mini safe and free Wi-Fi. The hotel facilities include 4 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a nightclub, spa. Kids & Teens Clubs and fitness centre. Free windsurfing, pedal boats, kayaks, aqua gym, sailing, glass bottom boat and water skiing. Paid activities include; speedboat rides, scuba diving and deep sea fishing.

Dress code: Evening wear is smart casual / elegant after 6pm.

No T-shirts, bermuda shorts, flip flops or slippers.

  • Flight JNB / MRU 09:40-15:40 and Flight MK949 MRU / JNB   16:20-18:45
  • Return Seat-in-Coach transfer Mauritius Airport/Hotel/Mauritius/Airport
  • A wide selection of beverages (soft drinks, tea, coffee, beers, wines, juices, mineral water, cocktails and liquors) as per the scheduled opening hours of the restaurants and bars.
  • Tea and coffee facilities in the room as well as water, juices, soft drinks and beers in the mini bar (replenished once a day)
  • Beach service – poolside service – 24 hours room service (tray charges apply)
  • Access to certain Wellness Facilities as per hotel schedule
  • Access to water skiing, glass bottom boat trips, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaks, pedal boats, small catamarans, mini sailing as per weather and tide conditions as per hotel schedule
  • Unlimited access to the gym centre, floodlit tennis court (tennis balls and rackets provided), table tennis, bocce balls and beach volley ball and bicycle excursions as per hotel schedule
  • 1 x Standard Double Room for 7 nights including all-inclusive meal basis
    • Breakfast at the Restaurant
    • Lunch: In our restaurants and for clients on excursions picnic baskets which must be requested from reception 24 hours in advance.
    • Dinner at the buffet restaurant and a set menu option
    • Afternoon tea served every afternoon at the bar from 15h00 to 17h00

 

Total for Tour based on adults sharing on full board basis
ZAR 50,569.00
  • All rates are subject to final availability at the time of booking and any further rate adjustments due to exchange rate fluctuations, annual increases and other uncontrollable circumstances.
  • African Chapter Tours are insured for public and passenger liabilities in incidences where this might be applicable.
  • African Chapter Tours abide to an environmentally conscious programme for the development of conservation in all aspects of tourism which this package includes.
  • Please visit our website africanchapter.co.za for more information regarding our operation
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  • Confirmation details will be supplied upon proof of full payment before travel

Cancellation policies apply once written confirmation of acceptance is received. Any no shows will be charged for in full

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