Mauritius is a tiny island, far away from everything. But is a fantastic place to visit, especially if you’re a racing fan.
Here are a few hints from us:
Racing in Mauritius:
Naturally you plan your visit by the racing calendar, and make sure you get to enjoy the wonderful feeling at Champs de Mars race course.
- Season: Late March – early December
- Horses in training: 400
- Number of races: 285
- Total prize money: Rs (MUR) 81,0m (US$2.3m or Euros 2.1m)
- Average prize money: Rs(MUR) 284,210. (US$8,120 or Euros7,105.)
Don’t miss the international jockeys tournament in the beginning of December
Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air Mauritius and Lufthansa all have regular traffic. The airport is very modern and not very big, making it very easy to both enter and leave the country.
Where to stay:
There are lots of options. From very reasonably priced AirBNB accommodation, to super luxurious resorts with private butlers.
A safe bet is the hotel group Attitude, who have a very local touch and a number of options.
Grand Bassin is a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet above sea level. It is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others along the Grand Bassin. During Shivaratri, many pilgrims in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake.
Le Pescatore, the epitome of fine dining, is situated at Trou aux Biches on the North West coast of Mauritius. Fantastic view of the ocean. Great atmosphere and reasonably priced.
Ride a race horse on the beach!
Mauritius is literally surrounded by fantastic beaches and one of the best ways to experience these beaches is on horseback. There are several equestrian centers along the beaches and all of them mainly use retrained retired racehorses.
As opposed to many tourist areas, the horses here are generally in very good shape and have a great life hanging around with other horses.
We rode out at Haras du Morne on the spectacular Le Morne peninsula on the southern tip of the island. They have great staff who really make sure all riders are gentle on the horses (‘Don’t pull the reins please’). The horses here are kept outside in a paddock with trees all day and are ridden just a few times per day on the beach. A perfect retirement job for any racehorse. Don’t forget to wear a swim suit under your riding clothes. You do not want to miss out on the chance of swimming with a horse in the Indian Ocean!
Rent a car!
Mauritius is small. Having a rental car makes it possible for you to explore the entire island and see it for yourself. Traffic is very relaxed and roads are good – just remember to drive on the left. Make sure you pass by the central parts of the Island as well. We used Shina Car Rental.
A small family operation who will go out of their way to help you.
Mauritius is sugar cane land. And sugar cane juice makes great rum! You will find dozens of local rum brands, but if you want to have a look at rum production we suggest you go use your rental car to to Chamarel. At the same time you’ll see some of the most amazing scenery on the island.