The island of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean approximately
855 kms off the east coast of Madagascar, Africa being the nearest
continent, with Mombasa some 1800 kms away. The country includes
Rodrigues, Agalega and Cargados Carajos (St Brandon) islands. A
volcanic island about 10 million years old, it is only 1865 square
kilometres in area.
Despite being a small island, Mauritius' climate and landscape vary
widely from region to region. It's hot and humid tropical climate
is present in most areas for most of the year. The average temperature
is 23°C (73°F). Summer lasts from December to April when there are
occasional heavy tropical rains. It is also the cyclone season with
the risk of storms highest between January and April. Winter, from
May to November, is balmy and warm in coastal regions not exposed
to the south-east trade winds. In the windswept regions and central
highlands the winter months are cooler with light rain. The east
coast can be quite cool in winter due to strong winds.