Tips for Driving in Mauritius

Thursday, December 3, 2020
Tips for Driving in Mauritius

Mauritius a Small Island - Remember that the island of Mauritius is relatively a small island, just over 60km in length and under 50km across. This is why it is perfectly possible to reach all four corners of the island in a day. With that, when planning your driving course in Mauritius, you should take into account factors such as the speed limitations, small roads and the heavy traffic during rush hours. Also, while planning your itinerary make sure to leave enough spare time to visit many of the sights, attractions, centers and beautiful viewpoints you encounter along the way.

Highway Vs. Small roads - The Mauritius highway is a great time saver, but driving on the highway is not as fun or as interesting as driving through sugar-cane fringed gravel tracks, squeezing past yellow buses on narrow roads or stopping in the small, friendly villages. Driving in the smaller roads will reveal a more intimate Mauritius on its many hidden villages, with that, driving in small roads is more time consuming.

Road Map – A big Help - Mauritius being a small island with many direction signs along the main roads and at every major interaction is pretty easy to navigate. With that, when deciding to go off the main roads you will find very little direction signs and you can easily get lost. This is why a decent road map can be very helpful too.

Friendly people happy to assist and show the way - If you're really not sure where you are or where to go to, or in case you got lost, just ask the locals for directions. The Mauritians are very friendly and are always happy to help and show you the way to your destination. Many times you will find that you don't even have to ask for instructions, as the locals will be happy to advice and show you the way even before you ask.

Parking in Port Louis - When visiting Port Louis it is advised to park the car at the parking lot of the Caudan shopping complex as it is more secured and when doing so you save the hassle of driving into small streets and the chaotic traffic of Port Louis.

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