Driving in Mauritius can be a lifetime experience; in fact, walking
on the streets as well. To start with,
the cars are right-hand driven but people drive more towards the
middle of the road rather than on the left hand side as the streets
are often crowded with pedestrians, dogs, hens etc.
However, several of our visitors do rent cars to drive along
and they are absolutely right as in fact, it is just another
way of driving, the oriental style, where the one who acts as
if he did not see the obstacle or who looks more determined
is given priority. It is thus a question of applying a different
driving style consisting of driving at approximately the same
speed as others, using of the horn and pass lights without hesitation
and expect anything. Buses are especially scary as they drive
fast on narrow roads trying hard to overtake the competitor
ahead. Riding bikes and bicycles are a great way to discover
the island but require full attention and it is advisable to
opt for the smaller roads via small villages instead of the
secondary main roads.
Hiring a car in Mauritius remains an advantage
as there are plenty of interesting things to see in Mauritius
for those who want to see them. Driving not
only allows the sharing of real Mauritian lifestyle which never
happens when spending holidays on a hotel
poolside. Renting a car allows one to stop at anytime anywhere
just for a picture or for buying something on the street side
and start a conversation with a local and learn something. Isnīt
that real travelling?
Car Rental Mauritius
There are many Car hire companies in Mauritius.
International car hire companies are of course the safest way
to go but a few of the smaller local
car rental companies are performing and offer the
possibility to save some money while benefiting from an OK to
However, many of these companies are not always very reliable when comes troubles linked to accidents, insurances etc. Many rent "private cars," under cover of their official car rental businesses, some in bad shape with no proper insurance cover. This can be a very expensive mistake in case of accident. commendation is not to go for the cheapest car hire, even if recommended on forums. Try to check the car's documents, the insurance cover and take good information about the company.