Surrounded by the Indian Ocean on the southeast coast of Africa is Mauritius. Lagoons, coral reefs, and clean beaches are enough to attract the attention of many vacationers,
Constance Le Prince Maurice
HISTORY AND NATURE TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN THIS ISLAND SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE CONTINENTS OF AFRICA AND ASIA.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean on the southeast coast of Africa is Mauritius. Lagoons, coral reefs, and clean beaches are enough to attract the attention of many vacationers, but it’s the pockets of history and gifts of nature within the mountains that enthral the keen adventurer.
To get the groove of the island and its culture, it’s smart to visit the Blue Penny Museum first in the island’s capital of Port Louis. The star of this small museum is the Blue and Red Penny stamps, bought by a local bank for a whopping $2 million in 1993. To preserve the original stamps, the museum only turns on the stamps’ display light for about a minute every 10 to 15 minutes, so make sure that you are on time.
Mauritius is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On the Southwest of the island is the Le Morne Brabant, a basaltic monolith that served as a fortress for escaped slaves during the 19th century. The runaways lived in caves until slavery was abolished in 1835. Le Morne Brabant’s summit is 556 metres above sea level,
© This article was first published in Feb-Mar 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.
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