Mauritius is characterised by a lush green patchwork of gently swaying sugar cane fields encircling a series of lofty peaks that overlook the Indian Ocean. This natural beauty is complemented by its people, a blend of warm and welcoming settlers who have made this tropical island their home over the centuries.
The island’s historic attractions reflect its complex history of Portuguese, Dutch, French and finally British colonial rule. Uninhabited until the Portuguese arrived in 1507, a unique mix of wildlife evolved on the island including many flightless birds – the most famous being the dodo. Despite the impact of people and alien species arriving on Mauritius, it remains home to many of the world’s rarest plants and animals, protected in numerous nature reserves and national parks.
Mauritius is the perfect destination for travellers wanting beautiful landscapes, abundant activities, and plenty of beautiful offshore islands to explore.
Mark Twain, who visited the island on a lecture tour in the 1890s, famously wrote afterwards that “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius.” Who are we to argue?
Botswana has a semi-arid climate, with hot, wet summers and mild, dry winters. The rainy season runs from mid-November to mid-April, and most of the rain falls in the north and east of the country between December and March. The national average rainfall is 475 mm per year, but this varies greatly from place to place. The driest areas are in the Kalahari Desert, where annual rainfall can be as low as 100 mm. The wettest areas are in the northeast, where annual rainfall can exceed 1,000 mm.
Temperatures are generally warm to hot year-round. The hottest months are October to March, when average daily temperatures range from 29 to 35 degrees Celsius but can approach 40. The coolest months are June to August, when average daytime temperatures range from 20 – 25 degrees Celsius but minimums can go down to 2-3 degrees.
Rainfall is highly variable in Botswana, and droughts are a regular occurrence. In recent years, the country has experienced a number of severe droughts.
The best time to travel on safari is between May and November.