We all Scream for Ice Cream! – Icecream Parlours in Mauritius

You may not be as good at Math, but one equation everyone knows for sure is
Ice Cream Lovers = Everybody!

When in Mauritius, you won’t fail to notice the colorful vans passing by the streets or at halt on the beach side. Nearly everyone savors the taste of this ancient dessert! Of course, this tropical paradise has its own flavors to be explored from Delicious Sorbets to Dairy made flavors, this versatile dessert also has its own history on the Island.

Now that we got you tempted, the first place you need to run towards is ‘Vona Corona’ located in the heart of Rose Hill. Started as a small passion almost 90 years ago with a single icecream maker and some door to door sales, today it is the word on every citizen’s tongue, not for the brand, but for the emotion. Vona Corona offers homemade icecream of unmatchable quality and even after nine decades, its taste is undisputable! A must try on your visit.

You can then head towards Magic Icecream in Port Louis, where you can taste the dessert served in rolls. It is very amusing to watch the chef prepare your Icecream over a cold stone and scrape it off making the icecream roll up in cigar shapes. You can enjoy a variety of flavors such as KitKat, Ferrero Rocher, Cherry and many more. We urge you to try their Magic Cornetto for some extra chills!

Another one for your fantasy island trip is La Dolce Vita – Gelato Italiano coffee shop in Beau Bassin. Although they call themselves a coffee shop, you cannot miss on the array of ice cream flavors which gets everyone hooked! All you marshmallow lovers, say Aye! They have new flavors of Marshmallow and Guava among a variety of others.

Like they say, Money Can’t buy everything, but it sure gets you an Ice cream!

Now go and make sure you eat that cone 🙂

Travelling with Kids to Mauritius!

 

No Doubt, you as a parent are an avid traveler and as for the little ones, When you are ready, They are ready! We know two things that amaze you – The first is how much joy you can get from peeking out a plane window with a toddler who claims to see people, dolphins swimming in a blue ocean 30,000 feet below. The second is how much there is to discover about traveling as a family. What better way to start their travel plans than taking them to experience the tropical paradise? Feeding giant tortoises, making friends with the tropical birds or just building sand castles by the beach? Mauritius is where they would love to be!

Travelling with children in Mauritius presents no particular problem. If your kid is a reader, then there’s a wonderful series of English-language cartoon books of local publications such as In Dodoland, SOS Shark and Meli-Melo in the Molasses. Moreover, there are many adventurous and interactive activities for the Kids as well as for the entire family to enjoy!

For beautiful Nature Parks and Rides which a family must visit is La Vanille Reserve (Crocodile Park) in the South of the Island. The park is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs, full of prawns and fish as well as Giant Tortoises and Crocodiles. You get the chance to feed, pet and play with the tortoises, something your Kids will never forget!

Another Bird Park and Adventure driven encounter is at Casela nature park in Black River area. This is where you as an Adult can enjoy the serene nature this park has to offer as well as the kids having the opportunity to live the life of a Zoo Keeper for a day keeping them actively busy and happy for hours! Activities such as petting farm, feeding Giraffes and Giant Tortoises, distributing food to the Koi carps are a few to list among the many.

As kids are always inquisitive, heading to the Curious corners of Chamarel would be the best Idea. it is a house filled with a variety of astounding delusional fantasies. You need atleast an hour and a half to enjoy the whole experience of this place. As soon as you walk in, your brain, is tricked with the conundrums and artifices, set to get your straight forward thinking a shake. Curious Corner is a house of fun packed illusions with adventures to be enjoyed with friends and families which are set out for your entertainment or even frustration!

With all that ocean surrounding you, It’s time to discover underwater life! You can go to the Mauritius Aquarium where the adults can walk on the Ocean Floor and the kids can have a private pool with access to special species to interact with! Upon visiting, you will discover the Crown squirrelfish and the Devil Firefish as well as a number of baby sharks! Also, get ready to see neon bright, glowing yellows, fluorescent greens, purples and other amazing colors you probably didn’t believe could be found in any marine wildlife.

Go ahead and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime! If you ever need assistance regarding specific requests for your child, The Discover Mauritius team is always here to make your stay memorable. You can call us on +230 5445 7480 or email us on discover@panda-wolf.com .

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What’s so different about this App?

Yes, with so many apps in the market, you end up wondering which one stands out and gives you that interactivity or services as per your needs. Most of travelers have this very issue when on a vacation away from their country. Either lack of communication due to language barriers or getting lost in an unknown place, let alone being burdened by flyers and brochures that lead to nowhere.

Today, most of us walk with our cell phones in hand. Be it for emergency contact, finding out information or reading – just like you might happen to read this on your phone right now!

Which is why Discover Mauritius™ – The travel guide app is so different. Go paperless and use this app when you are in Mauritius to make the most of your vacation! After all, Discover (Mauritius)™ App is a Silver Nominee at the Best Mobile App Awards of 2017(BMA Awards).

This app is an all in one platform as it gives you all the info you need about Mauritius. The News section provides you details about the History of Mauritius, how to speak the local language and many other fascinating reads to help you understand the background of this tiny place! It also comes with “Activities” section that talks about the fun and adventurous things you can do in Mauritius giving away a little bit for every age group. There are Restaurants and Shopping places that update as you move (The closest place will always appear First), guiding you to spots that are nearby or around your current location – This works without Internet and you can easily use it to navigate around the Island without worrying about the Wi-Fi Spots!

The app also comes with a “Plan your trip” section where you can request for a trip itinerary in your specific budget thus helping you to explore the Island based on your pre – requisites. As always, it’s better to be safe anywhere we go, hence there are details about the nearby health care Places as per your location and a direct line to Emergency numbers which are operative at all times!

There is more to it! You get automatic Push notifications about deals and discounts, if you ever happen to cross by a Boutique, Restaurant or Healthcare facility and are not aware of it! This allows you to discover hidden gems of the Island and thus guiding you as to where you should visit.

Plus, with the new update coming soon, Tourists will be able to Book their tours directly through the app without spending much on travel agencies. This is the most convenient and hassle free app for all the tourists traveling to Mauritius, providing the best of User Experience molded into this one amazing platform for everyone to use!

Step by Step, Let’s Navigate!

Available on Android and iOS platforms : Discover Mauritius™ – A traveler’s friend.

Sweet Escape! – Camping in Mauritius

All you travel junkies, take note! Enough hanging out with those boring tour guides who drop you in just one place wandering. Instead, chose Discover Mauritius App to wander the right way! We know you crave adventure and want to woo your better half with something extraordinary. This is why we are going to let you in on a roadmap to a secret getaway!

No tour guide or any other tourist is ever going to talk about this or rather tell you, simply because they don’t know this place! So it is time for you to fill your backpack with your favourite munchies and grab a few local beers and set foot towards this beautiful hideout!

Based deep within this paradise island is the tiny Le Morne Village next to the Heritage of Mauritius – The Le Morne Brabant Mountain. No, you are not there yet, backpackers need to make it till here first! To get here, take a bus towards ‘Baie Du Cap’ from ‘Quatre Bornes’. It takes about an Hour to reach Le Morne Village. Once you arrive at the village, you need to head towards Kiteschool Morne Village. Upon reaching here, you shall be facing towards the beachside. Then, head towards your right walking for about 5 minutes or less and you shall arrive at your location. How to know if you are at the right spot? You shall see a fireplace made of stone and on all your three sides is just the ocean water! This is where you set up your camp! After you make it here, your enthusiasm needs to be in check as you need to take a minute to contemplate where life brings you, especially when you are covered with tall pine trees and surrounded by the Black river mountain range!

This is the spot where you need to drop your bags and build a tent for yourself and just get lost into the tranquility of what the nature has to offer you. This area is so scenic that you would want to stay here for eternity! The sea is at the foot of the land and you can literally cross through the waters on your feet as it is very shallow making you look like a magician walking on water! You have a 360 degree view of the mountain range and the Mighty Le Morne. We urge you not to miss this opportunity to just escape from the mundane reality and surrender yourself to breathtaking atmosphere in the middle of all things natural! You can light a campfire with your comrades or your beloved and as the night arrives, you are blessed with a magnificent view of the milky way stars across the sky.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the purest form of nature and also to discover yourself!

If you need any assistance, the Discover Mauritius team is ready to be your guide for this one! Just email us on discover@panda-wolf.com or Call +230 5445 7480. Don’t forget to have the app handy, as it works offline and you can navigate back home safe!

 

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Lord Ganesha comes to Paradise!

Come join the celebration as It’s Lord Ganesha’s birthday! Mauritius being a hub of cultural mĂ©lange, one would not exclude this auspicious Hindu festival. Most of them are familiar with Ganesha’s story, but for some of you who aren’t, here is how it goes: Hindus celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi, as a day on which lord Ganesha, the younger son of Lord Shiva and Parvati was born. The birthday of lord Ganesha is celebrated on the fourth day of the lunar month of August/September. Lord Ganesha is symbolized as the god of wisdom and the god who removes all the obstacles in path of its followers and thus he is also called “Vignaharta” meaning ‘remover of obstacles’.

You might also wonder as to why does Ganesh have an Elephant’s head? As usual, legends abound. It all began when Parvati, who is the consort of Lord Shiva, was having a bath. She rubbed some dust and oil from her body and created the shape of a boy and infused life into the shape and that is how Ganesha was born. Parvati told her son to guard the door when she was bathing. Lord Shiva came to visit and Ganesh would not let him in. How was Ganesh supposed to know Shiva was his father? So he fought with Shiva and Ganesha’s head was severed in the ensuing scuffle. As you can imagine Goddess Parvati was very upset. She asked Lord Shiva to bring her son back to life. Shiva sent his men to look for a head replacement for Ganesh. The brief was to bring the head of the first living creature they find facing North which is a direction associated with wisdom and the rest is history! But why would Shiva put an Elephant head on his Son? The elephant head symbolizes wisdom and knowledge. An elephant does not bypass obstacles, it removes them and walks ahead. Devotees believe that worshipping Ganesh will bring these qualities to them and remove their difficulties so they can achieve their goals. His big ears means Ganesh listens to the prayers of his devotees.

 

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During the festival you will witness processions of devotees happily dancing and chanting on the roads, everyone around carrying colorful figurines of Lord Ganesh on small platforms with great enthusiasm. The sound of drums, cymbals and bells will undoubtedly put you in a trance! Such is the enthusiasm of this festival and not only that, it is scientifically stated that the vibrations of the chants used during Ganesh Festival, literally cleanse the mental tensions and other negativity in the body, which is why some people are lost into the musical orchestra formed by the drum beats and other instruments!

If you would like to be a part of the ceremony, you can visit the Tookay Temple in Savanne District or Grand Bassin ( Ganga Talao ) during Immersion day of the Idols! This year, the festival falls on the 25th of August, 2017.

Ganpati Bappa, Moryaa!!!

 

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Winter in Mauritius

Brace Yourselves, Winter is Coming!

Well, you won’t even feel it though. It’s a Paradise Island remember? Whether you are coming from Asia where the Winter freezes your Bones or coming from the West where the Winter paints the whole city white, The Paradise has got its own ways to keep its temperature just right!

Winter in Mauritius is cold but you can still survive the chills. The temperature during this season in Mauritius is around 21 – 24 degrees Celsius. Astonished? You can just wear a sweater or a Pullover and for the first time in your life, not layer yourself with scarves and hide into them. The country has two seasons: a warm humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September. The month of October and May are commonly known as the transition months.

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The weather is very pleasant and allows the visitors to have perfect holidays all the year round. You can decide to come to Mauritius at any time of the year and you will be sure to have a comfortable weather during your stay. Mauritius is not far from the tropic of Capricorn, accordingly the sun is at its highest point longer than in other destinations in the world. This is why Mauritius benefits many hours of bright sunny skies all year round. You can call this a Reverse effect of seasons compared to the weather conditions back home fellas!

Would you prefer to enjoy a good day by the beach or in those dark gloomy rooms under the blankets? So when it is time for the Snowmen to come, just take a flight and make the right choice!

Mauritius – It’s a Pleasure!

 

 

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Come Dance with us!

The Mauritian Way of Life: Joy and Liveliness. And it couldn’t be more precisely expressed than the traditional folklore – Sega. The Sega is a dance which originated from the habitual music of Madagascar and the mainland of Africa. It was originally sung by men and women who had been sold as slaves but whose souls had remained sensitive to music, the Sega is nowadays a folksong which has incorporated itself within the framework of their folklore!

The Sega/Seggae is usually sung in Creole language, the Local tongue of Mauritius and has preserved the uniqueness and cultural richness of the local music of Mauritius. There were a numerous different musical instruments that were used to compose the tropical rhythm of Sega. However, the original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for the more conventional orchestra ensemble. Yet, all along the coastal fishing villages, the traditional instruments such as the ‘Ravanne’, ‘Triangle’ or the ‘Maravanne’ and the traditional guitar are still being used.

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The dance itself is the rhythmic swaying of the hips to the pulsating rhythm of the Ravanne. Let us take you on a vivid imagination of how this beat will get you groovin’! The man usually stands in the dancing area with hands on the hips waiting for the girl to shuffle towards him, wiggling, hip-balancing and waving a colorful handkerchief invitingly. Then the partners face each other with a waist-and-shoulder grasp and the improvisation starts. It starts with a gentle swaying, to a slow and solemn tune, which gradually rises and you find the dancers swaying with animated movements to keep pace with the ever-increasing tempo. The beat creeps inside you and as your body responds to the rhythm, you are carried to heights of ecstasy, generating a vibrating force that shakes the “lead” off your feet and inspires you to a high-spirited and free way of dancing.

Tiring perhaps, but exhilarating! Never mind if your movement does not follow the rhythm … Simply carry on dancing and you will be amazed how rhythm and movements synchronize afterwards. The Sega is a cry from the soul trying to transcend the miseries and heartaches of life, while at the same time expressing the universal human desire for joy and happiness. It tells the joys and sorrows of the peasants and the fishing folks. It is a nostalgic heritage of the villagers. Its beats, gripping in intensity, now provide entertainment to Mauritians of all walks of life in towns and villages. Today the Sega and its beat are a part of every Mauritian’s life.

If you ever come across this vivid form of expression, just let yourself go and we assure you, You will have felt immense peace with yourself!

 

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