1) The national bird of Mauritius is the Dodo, a flightless bird that could only be found on the island of Mauritius.
Unfortunately, due to excessive hunting the Dodo is now extinct.
2) Inspired by the Dodo, Lewis Carroll wrote the famous book “Alice in Wonderland” in 1865.
3) Mauritius is one of the oldest democracies in Africa and is also one of the longest continuous democracies along with India, America, Canada, France and Great Britain.
4) This natural paradise is one of the wealthiest and developed countries in the world and Port Louis is considered the wealthiest capital in Africa.
5) The highest point of Mauritius is Mount Piton which stands at 828 meter
6) The island is essentially created by underwater volcanic eruptions and the first people to have set foot on it was the Portuguese.
7) While many countries may consider it polite to receive gifts with both hands, Mauritians prefer to receive things with the right hand only.
8) Among all developing countries in the world, Mauritius has the highest life expectancy at 73 years.
9) Once upon a time, Mauritius was a famous haunt for pirates and thanks to the islands sugarcane industry, rum is relatively cheap.
10) The four colous of the Mauritian flag – red, blue, yellow and green all represent the following:
the Superbe Flamboyant tree, Indian Ocean, light of independence, the sunshine, and the island’s vegetation.