Mau­ri­tius Coun­try Pro­file

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Mau­ri­tius, an In­dian Ocean ar­chi­pel­ago, is seen as a model of sta­bil­ity and eco­nomic pros­per­ity in the re­gion. Once de­pen­dent on su­gar ex­ports, the is­land has built up a strong out­sourc­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor, and an im­por­tant tourism in­dus­try and now boasts one of Africa's high­est per capita in­comes. Mau­ri­tius fea­tures in the 2017 leak dubbed the Par­adise Pa­pers, which re­veal the fi­nan­cial deal­ings of politi­cians, celebri­ties, cor­po­rate gi­ants, busi­ness lead­ers and royals. Mau­ri­tius claims sovereignty over the Cha­gos is­lands that are home to the US mil­i­tary base on Diego Gar­cia. Sev­eral hun­dred is­lan­ders were ex­pelled to make way for the base.

The Re­pub­lic of Mau­ri­tius

Cap­i­tal: Port Louis Pop­u­la­tion 1.3 mil­lion Area 2,040 sq km (788 sq miles) Ma­jor lan­guages English (of­fi­cial), Cre­ole, French, In­dian lan­guages Ma­jor re­li­gions Hin­duism, Chris­tian­ity, Is­lam Life ex­pectancy 71 years (men), 78 years (women) Cur­rency Mau­ri­tian ru­pee

Act­ing pres­i­dent: Para­ma­sivum Pil­lay Vyapoory

Vice-Pres­i­dent Para­ma­sivum Pil­lay Vyapoory as­sumed the of­fice of the pres­i­dent in March 2018, fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. Africa's only fe­male head of state at the time was ac­cused of spend­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars on clothes and jew­ellery us­ing a bank card is­sued by an in­ter­na­tional char­ity to pro­vide schol­ar­ships for poor stu­dents. She de­nies wrong­do­ing and says she has re­paid all the cash.

Prime min­is­ter: Pravind Ku­mar Jug­nauth

Pravind Ku­mar Jug­nauth suc­ceeded his father, Sir Anerood Jug­nauth, as prime min­is­ter in Jan­uary 2017. Un­til he stepped down, Sir Anerood Jug­nauth had been the long­est-serv­ing prime min­is­ter since Mau­ri­tius gained in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain in 1968. Mr Jug­nauth is leader of the gov­ern­ing Mil­i­tant So­cial­ist Move­ment party and is also con­cur­rently serv­ing as min­is­ter of fi­nance and in­te­rior.

Me­dia

State-owned Mau­ri­tius Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (MBC) ra­dio and TV gen­er­ally re­flect gov­ern­ment think­ing. MBC is funded by ad­ver­tis­ing and a TV li­cence fee. Tele­vi­sion is the most pop­u­lar medium. The con­sti­tu­tion guar­an­tees free­dom of ex­pres­sion and of the press. Tele­vi­sion is the most pop­u­lar medium. State-owned Mau­ri­tius

Best Places To Visit In Mau­ri­tius

As a trav­eler, you might have vis­ited var­i­ous parts of the world. How­ever, Mau­ri­tius, which lies on the south­ern east of Africa, is a par­adise for trav­el­ers as it of­fers surf, sand and sun un­der one roof. Hol­i­day­ing here can be a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence as there are va­ri­eties of things to do in Mau­ri­tius. Be­ing the num­ber one spot for hon­ey­moon­ers, the beaches, is­lands, forts, parks, mu­se­ums, shop­ping hubs, and mon­u­ments will keep the tourists on their toes. Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (MBC) ra­dio and TV gen­er­ally re­flect gov­ern­ment think­ing. MBC is funded by ad­ver­tis­ing and a TV li­cence fee. Daily news­pa­pers and week­lies of­fer bal­anced cov­er­age in sev­eral lan­guages. They are of­ten crit­i­cal of both the gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion par­ties. Two me­dia groups - Le Mauricien Ltd and La Sen­tinelle Ltd - dom­i­nate the press scene. BBC World Ser­vice is avail­able via a medi­umwave (AM) re­lay (1575 kHz). Ra­dio France In­ter­na­tionale is re­layed on FM. There were 543,000 in­ter­net users by To make it easy for you to choose your picks, here’s a ready reck­oner of best places to visit in Mau­ri­tius for peo­ple with dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests.

Trou Aux Biches

For those who love snor­kel­ing and swim­ming, Trou Aux Biches should be the first place to visit in Mau­ri­tius. With gen­tle sands shelv­ing calm, shal­low and clear wa­ter, this is an ideal place for a beach pic­nic with fam­ily and friends. If you love street food, hog at the nu­mer­ous stalls and cafes along the coast. A va­ri­ety of

cuisines can be tried here.

Belle Mare Plage

For early ris­ers, Belle Mare Plage beach in Mau­ri­tius is a good choice to en­joy the sun­rise. Take a dip while the sun comes up; you would be glad to add Belle Mare Plage beach to your list of must-visit tourist at­trac­tions in Mau­ri­tius. Ex­pe­ri­enced swim­mers can en­joy swim­ming in the cur­rents, which are a bit stronger than other beaches in Mau­ri­tius.

Ile Aux Cerfs

Trav­el­ers from across the world come to Ile Aux Cerfs beach in Mau­ri­tius to spend time with folks and friends. Mostly jam packed dur­ing the week­end, it can be fun if sand and sun make a good combo for you. A cool and re­lax­ing one among places to see in Mau­ri­tius, it has some won­der­ful la­goons too.

Perey­bere

The Perey­bere beach is quite pop­u­lar among trav­el­ers. Keep it in your list of ‘places to see in Mau­ri­tius’, if you love deep sea div­ing and snor­kel­ing. Even though the wa­ter is deep in com­par­i­son to other beaches on the is­land, it is pleas­ingly calm.

La Cam­buse

Ac­tu­ally, you can’t be con­fused about which ones to pick among pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions in Mau­ri­tius, if ad­ven­tur­ous sports pump your adren­a­line. Keep La Cam­buse beach as a must visit. Termed as one of the undis­cov­ered spots in Mau­ri­tius, it is lo­cated in the east of the air­port. The white sand and crys­tal clear wa­ter will surely in­vite you for a dip, but beware, as it can be de­ceiv­ing.

Le Morne

Le Morne beach is best for those who love wa­ter sports. Backed by Le Morne Moun­tain, it is a per­fect place for swim­ming. How­ever, one must stay aware of the dif­fer­ent wa­ter

sports ac­tiv­i­ties go­ing around.

Black River Gorges Na­tional Park

If wild ad­ven­ture is your style, visit Black River Gorges Na­tional Park. Spread in an area of ap­prox­i­mately 68 km, it is best for the pho­tog­ra­phers look­ing for flower and fauna. If you are a re­searcher, then the park field sta­tions can come in handy to know more about the na­tional park. While trekking, one can find nu­mer­ous wild pigs, rusa deer, priv­ets, and Chi­nese guava. Some of the en­dan­gered species of birds and an­i­mals can even be seen in this na­tional park.

Casela World of Ad­ven­tures

Ex­cited about sa­faris? Ex­pe­ri­ence the wildlife sa­fari or­ga­nized at Cas­cav­elle, which is a must see out of many places to visit in Mau­ri­tius, es­pe­cially for the dare­dev­ils. Yes, the open jeep rides and ele­phant rides here are not for the faint-hearted. Be pre­pared for a face to face with tigers and leop­ards roam­ing freely in the sa­fari trails.

Parc Fran­cois Leguat

Parc Fran­cois Leguat is one of the sought af­ter wildlife parks in Ro­drigues Is­land, Mau­ri­tius. It is even called the tur­tle park, as there are hun­dreds and thou­sands of tur­tles of dif­fer­ent ages. This place should be pre­ferred if you are look­ing for­ward to some qual­ity fam­ily time.

Trou Aux Cerfs

Trou Aux Cerfs, or the Murr’s Vol­cano, is a 605 m high dor­mant vol­cano that is lo­cated in Curepipe, Mau­ri­tius. Its well-de­fined crater is about 350 me­ters in di­am­e­ter and is 80 me­ters deep. Ex­perts be­lieve that this dor­mant vol­cano could be­come ac­tive any­time within the next thou­sand years.

Pravind Jug­nauth, Prime Min­is­ter of Mau­ri­tius

Trou Aux Biches

Belle Mare Plage

Ile Aux Cerfs

Perey­bere

La Cam­buse

Le Morne

Parc Fran­cois Leguat

Trou Aux Cerfs

Casela World of Ad­ven­tures

Black River Gorges Na­tional Park

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