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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 14:04 -- abc_admin

Mauritius Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus, Black River Gorges, Mauritius

Image Credit: 
Jacques de Speville

Birding tours

Birdquest, Rockjumper and Safari Consultants organise tours to Mauritius.

Trip reports

A birder's guide to Mauritius and Réunion (with seabirds of the western Indian Ocean) (1993) by Sargeant, D. published privately. This a 14 page report based on a cruise from Durban. The report includes an itinerary, site guide and checklists.


Flights The easiest and most popular way to reach Mauritius is by plane with many flights originating in France, however flights are available from several African, Asian and European destinations (Lonely Planet, 2004).

Travel Travel around the island can be done relatively easily using local buses and taxis.

Car Hire Cars can be hired in the major towns and at the airport, but local driving laws are used as a guide only, hence driving is not for the faint-hearted!


Guidebooks, travel companies and websites provide much of the advice one needs, but key points warrant repetition here: (1) we believe that malaria is not present in Mauritius, however you should be aware of the risk if you are travelling to or from countries with malaria carrying mosquitoes (2) always ensure you have sufficient water and some method of purification (even if this comprises a pot and a campfire for boiling); (3) do not underestimate the danger of being in the sun for too long, ensure you use sun-block, drink plenty of water and wear a hat; (4) although the prevalence of AIDS is very low, be aware of the general risks; (5) ensure that you take a reasonably-equipped first-aid pack with you including supplies of hypodermic and suturing needles. See the following website or your local embassy website for the latest safety and travel information: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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