System of government: republic
Administrative division: 9 districts
Area: 2,040 km2
Population: 1,274,189 (2008)
Capital: Port Louis (143 000 inhabitants)
Other important cities: Beau Bassin-Rose Hill (94,900 inhabitants), Vacoas-Phoenix (92,900 inhabitants), Curepipe (75,300 inhabitants)
Highest point: Riviére Noire, 826 m
Official language: English
Currency: Mauritian rupee (1 rupee = 100 cents)
Public holiday: 12 March (Independence Day)
Racial and ethnic groups: Indian 68%, Creole 25%, Europeans 3%, Chinese 3%, other 1%
Religion: Hinduism 53%, Roman Catholicism 26%, Islam – Sunnites 13%, Protestantism 4%, other 4%
Time zone: Slovakia +2
International Vehicle Registration: MS
Internet TLD: .mu
Calling code: +230
Electricity: 220 V
Travel documents and visa: passport
Embassy: Territorially appropriate embassy:
Embassy in Pretoria/South Africa:
Embassy of the Slovak Republic in South Africa
930 Arcadia Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa
Phone: +27-12-3422051/2
Tropical paradise of various cultures and juicy fruit


Mauritius is a country of various cultures and opportunities. It consists of two main islands of volcanic origin – Mauritius and Rodrigues. Their beautiful coral reefs, abundant undersea life, turquoise water inviting you to do the swimming, scuba diving or surfing will make sure that you will fall in love with this tropical paradise at first taste.

While staying on the coast you can spot a shark or a dolphin between the reefs; the mountainous inland consists of luxuriant jungles full of botanical abundance you won’t see anywhere on Earth. Views of island from the mountain-tops are an experience for life the same way the adrenaline kayaking in the local rivers is.

Varied cultural development, during which civilizations of three different continents mixed, contributes to the unique atmosphere of this country. In the lively streets you will meet African, European, Arab, Chinese, as well as South-Asian elements. Owing to a number of cultures represented on the islands, it is very likely that during your stay you’ll experience some of the diverse religious feasts, or you’ll join one of the pompous celebrations.

Don’t forget to taste the local seafood specialties, which are served with juicy fruit. Mauritius is an important sugar cane producer and that’s why the local rum is one of the finest in the world. Apart from a bottle of rum, a model of an old ship made by the original instructions is a nice souvenir as well.
When planning your holiday you should keep in mind that warm weather prevails on the coast from January to April. The period between June and September is the coldest and driest time of the year. Cyclones appear on the islands from December to January.