SARAH OSBORNE visits a former British colonial possession in the Indian Ocean where — just like her father Julian would have done in Britain and overseas for his long running series of articles for us — she insists on sampling the unique atmosphere of its well patronised if sometimes scary interurban bus lines


Most of the buses of Mauritius appear to be products of Japanese manufacturers. Transport from Blue Bay to Mahebourg is aboard this Isuzu that says Devika Travel on the front, but Bhuruth Travel on the side. A Chinese-built Yutong coach is behind.

Mauritius is a tiny country – approximately the size of West Sussex. To drive from the far south to the far north via the central motorway (its only motorway) takes just a couple of hours and it is more than possible to circumnavigate the entire island in a day, with plenty of time for lunch and photo stops.


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