Port Louis

Port Louis a hive of activity which is quintessentially Mauritian  Credit: Amazara Club Cruises

Region explained

Mauritius’ capital city of Port Louis is the best place to explore the cultural diversity of the island and see a very different side of Mauritius far removed from the idyllic beachfront resorts. The city encapsulates the island’s melting pot of cultures – Indian, African, French, Chinese and British – with bustling markets, an historic Chinatown (where the Mauritian-Chinese street food is excellent) and fascinating museums that tell the stories behind the island’s chequered history. Just outside of town, the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens is one of the most popular attractions on the island for its more than 600 species plants and the famous giant water lilies.

Highlights

The Central Market is a wonderful foodie experience: browse the stalls to see the best of the island’s fresh produce, from jewel-like chillies, shiny aubergines, glowing pommes d’amour (small tomatoes) and bundles of aromatic herbs. Stop for refreshments at the food hall, where you can snack on dholl puris (delicious flatbreads wrapped around curried split peas) and sip on tangy tamarind juice or alouda (a sweet milky drink).

Aapravasi Ghat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site  Credit: Travel Notes

The UNESCO site of Aapravasi Ghat is a fascinating historical visit (we recommend booking in advance for a guided tour) where you can learn about the island’s colonial history and the immigration of Indian indentured labourers to Mauritius.

The Blue Penny Museum is a must for history buffs who want to learn about the story of Port Louis, and see two of the rarest stamps in the world: the famous Mauritian 19th century penny stamps.

Blue Penny Museum is well worth a visit

Take time out of exploring the busy city to stroll through the tranquil Jardins de la Compagnie, an 18th century garden full of towering banyan trees, statues, fountains and benches.

A short drive from the city centre, the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens is a must for travellers who love plants and botany. The lush, beautiful gardens are filled with 650 indigenous and exotic species of plants and trees including baobabs and spice trees. The highlights are the 85 different kinds of palm trees and a pond of giant water lilies. If you want to get the most out of your visit, it’s a good idea to hire a guide to learn about the garden’s fascinating flora.

Practical advice

The Central Market gets very busy – try to get there before 10am to avoid the crowds.

While the Jardins de la Compagnie is safe to visit during the day, it’s best not to walk there at night.

Solo travellers will find plenty to explore on their own in Port Louis, while the city also offers child-friendly attractions such as the botanical gardens. Foodies will love the street stalls of Chinatown and the fresh produce in the Central Market.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 1 to 3

Kruger National Park | Lion Sands Game Reserve
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 4 to 7

Cape Town
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 8 to 14

  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 15

End of Journey

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Grand Gaube

At the northern end of Mauritius, just to the east of Grand Baie, Grand Gaube is a lovely little fishing village with a good beach, rocky bays and a few upscale resorts – the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for beach time without the crowds. Resorts offer a smorgasbord of water sport activities such as scuba diving, kite surfing, boat and catamaran cruises and deep-sea…

Mauritius in April

April is a hot, humid month although there’s less rain than in earlier in the year. There’s still a slight chance of cyclones. Highlights of the month/disadvantage + advantages The island is busy over the Easter holidays, so if you prefer quieter beaches then plan to travel outside of this period. April is the start of the best time of year for surfing in Mauritius, and it’s…

Mauritius in June

Climate Although it’s technically winter in Mauritius, June is still pleasantly warm, with day time temperatures of 24C and not much rain. Highlights of the month/disadvantage + advantages June is low season in Mauritius and you can find discounted prices at some hotels and resorts. It’s a great month to visit the island if you’re a kite surfer or surfer because of the ideal…

Mauritius in February

February is a hot and humid month in Mauritius, and it’s the second rainiest (after January). There is still a chance of cyclones in February although they aren’t that common. Highlights of the month/disadvantage + advantages The weather in February isn’t ideal for a beach holiday, but the skies do tend to clear up after a rain shower and there are fewer people this month after…

Grand Baie

On the northern end of the island, busy and buzzing Grand Baie is the centre for tourism in Mauritius. This is where all the action happens: the seaside town is packed with bars, nightclubs and restaurants, shops and expansive resorts. Ocean activities are the focus here, with an array of water sports and experiences to suit just about everyone, from the underwater sea walk – a…

Bel Ombre

Set on Mauritius’ wilder, less developed southern coastline, Bel Ombre is the perfect destination for nature-loving travellers who prefer unspoilt beauty to shops restaurants and bars. Beaches here are some of the most picturesque on the whole island, and the backdrop of Le Morne Brabant lends a touch of drama to an idyllic peninsula. Attractions and activities in the area around Bel…

Popular Mauritius Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius....

 | South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation....

 | Magical Mauritius and South Africa Honeymoon Safari (11 days)

Magical Mauritius and South Africa Honeymoon Safari

Start your trip in South Africa and finish in Mauritius. Experience the stunning beaches and the Big Five in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. ...

Ready to start your adventure?

Your tailor-made African holiday starts here...

How can we get hold of you?

How many people will be travelling?

Details

Please tell us more about your travel plans?


Discover Africa needs the contact information you provide, to us to contact you. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime.

Submitting your inquiry

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:


   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2