Mauritius: Bienvenue a Maurice
Bienvenue a Maurice
My flight from Johannesburg takes me 1,491 miles off the east coast of Africa to the heart of the Indian Ocean. I pass over the island of Madagascar (large), then over Réunion Island (smaller), before descending on Mauritius (tiny!)
The island of Mauritius seems to pop out of nowhere. From the plane, I can see clear turquoise waters and white beaches. The land is covered in a thick green carpet, and sharp mountains of black volcanic rock stretch to the sky. From above, it looks like paradise, and I wonder what new people and places awaited below.
As we drive from the airport to our hotel, I get my first close-up glimpse of the island. I pass fields of sugarcane, pastel-colored houses, mosques, Hindu temples, and churches.