Rodrigues is part of the Mascareinhas
group of islands discovered in the 17th century. It was heavily
populated with tortoise which provided fresh meat to many sailors
trade route for the far east. Unfortunately, its small area, 104
km², made it an easy target for the eradication of its forest
and fauna. The solitaire, a unique bird, shared the fate of the dodo
in Mauritius, 500 kms to the west.
It was also the rallying point of the British navy before the
invasion and takeover of Isle de France (Mauritius) from the French
Rodrigues, 38000 inhabitants, is
part of the Republic
of Mauritius but since 2003, it enjoys a
relative autonomy on internal issues. The newly elected Regional
assembly is working towards greater economic
independence through rigourous and carefull management of the
agricultural, breeding, fishing and tourism industry.
Today, the visitor will encounter the gentle ways of an unspoilt
people and enjoy a serene atmosphere
Access from Mauritius by plane in 1 h 30 or by ship in 36 hrs.