Car hire in Mauritius
Hiring a car in Mauritius
The island of Mauritius is one of the world’s most luxurious destinations and is a great place to get away from it all.
Mauritius has a mix of cultures - French, Indian, Creole and Chinese - and this makes for a unique holiday destination.
Attractions for visitors include watersports, spas, golf, splendid food and even the chance to work with lions.
Of course, Mauritius provides the perfect destination for winter sun, but actually offers favourable temperatures all-year-round.
What you need to know
Mauritius is in the south-west part of the Indian Ocean, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The island of Mauritius is sixty-one kilometers long and forty-six kilometers wide at its widest point - so it makes sense to sort out a hire car so you can explore the country to its fullest.
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Where to pick up your car
There are a number of locations to pick up a hire car in Mauritius. The easiest place to hire a car could be a Mauritius airport - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Welcoming flights from Africa, Asia and Europe, the airport has benefited from a new terminal in recent years to increase its facilities for passengers.
Many of the car hire suppliers are located outside of the baggage delivery zone - making it easy to collect your vehicle and head straight to your hotel.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Once you pick up your hire car from the airport you probably want to relax in your hotel after the journey. Alternatively, there are plenty of places in Mauritius that offer great cuisine ranging from small snacks to the ultimate fine dining experience. The great thing about the local food is that it is such a fusion of cultures you are bound to find something you’ll enjoy.
Driving in Mauritius
Motorists drive on the left hand side of the road in Mauritius - giving way to the right. There is a general laid back feel to motoring in the country and the majority of the locals are very helpful if you get lost.
Speed limits in built up areas are 40 km/h, 80 km/h in surrounding areas and 110 km/h on the island’s motorways.
There are plenty of fuelling spots on the island, but their opening hours can be erratic so it may be worth filling up when you see one if you are getting low on petrol.
There are plenty of places to take a drive in Mauritius and the landscape is so varied. However, it is worth noting that some local motorists can be a little too laid back….beware of slow moving traffic, especially in the non-tourist areas.
Top attractions in Mauritius
The island offers a whole host of activities from relaxing on the beach to something much more energetic - but whatever you enjoy the chances are Mauritius has something to fit the bill.
Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius and is the largest on the island. It is quite busy and is the base for most businesses in the country. The local buildings and monuments reflect the island’s rich and diverse colonial history and this tradition is reflected in many of the attractions and events in Port Louis.
One of the most interesting things to see in the city is the Blue Penny Museum, which is based at the Caudan Waterfront. The museum celebrates the rich history and art of Mauritius. Visitors can take a closer look at a wide variety of exhibits, including marine maps, paintings, sculptures, engravings, and stamps.
Another great day out is a visit to the Natural History Museum of Port Louis, which showcases the stunning fauna of Mauritius. There is even a section dedicated to Mauritius's favourite bird - the dodo - which became extinct in the 1800s.
If you fancy finding out if there is more to Mauritius than its beautiful white sands, then head inland to a very different landscape.
Plenty of visitors enjoy exploring the Black River Gorges national park. Covering around two per cent of the island, the area has numerous waterfalls and is home to some stunning wildlife, such as pink pigeons and echo parakeets.
There are plenty of trails through the park to suit most people and there is always the option of hiring a guide to get a local’s view of the region.
Curepipe, also known as La Ville-Lumiere (The City of Light), is in the ideal place for anyone enjoys some shopping. Located in the Plaines Wilhems District, it is home to all kinds of boutiques selling local and designer goods.
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