Mauritius really is postcard perfect. It's also visa-free for South Africans.
But photos and videos splashed across your timeline cannot possibly do it enough justice, so if you're planning on going get ready for idyllic landscapes, breathtaking beaches and colourful cultures when you finally land on this tropical island.
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, approximately 3 075 km from South Africa, the island covers an area of 2 040 km2. The distance from north to south is about 80km, while from west to east is approximately 60 kms.
Its closest neighbours are Reunion to the south-west and Rodrigues to the north-east. Mauritius also contains the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands.
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To catch a flight to Mauritius from South Africa, you can fly direct to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport from Johannesburg with Air Mauritius or South African Airways daily. Air Austral and Kenya Airways also service this route. Fly direct from Cape Town, Durban or JHB with Air Mauritius. Kulula.com, via British Airways, also runs flights twice a week from OR Tambo Airport that are slightly cheaper.
Its national carrier Air Mauritius launched its first A350-900 on the route in 2017.
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Air Mauritius CEO Somaskaran Appavou says, For many Mauritians of my generation, Air Mauritius holds a special place in our hearts. As a child, the airline was a real bridge to the outside world." He says that the airline, as well as the country's, vision is to develop itself not only as a tourist destination but also as the main hub for Indian Ocean air travel.
Part of its strategy to entice travellers is its Travel Smart programme – with a number of perks for travellers. These include the bride flying free for newlyweds planning their honeymoon trip, while for families, two kids under 12 fly free and the family enjoys Business Class Lounge access in SA.
The airline also travels to over 20 destinations, across the globe, offering travellers connection to a variety of destination options from the beautiful island. Click here for more options.
*Compiled by Selene Brophy