Country in East Africa

Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior encompasses Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox. The capital, Port Louis, blends foreign influences and offers sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, colonial Eureka plantation and 18th-century botanical garden.

CapitalPort Louis

Currency: Mauritian rupee

PresidentAmeenah Gurib

Prime ministerAnerood Jugnauth

Government: Parliamentary republic

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