General info about La Réunion
The French overseas department of La Réunion is situated in the Indian Ocean, on a part of earth which until now has been spared a massive influx of tourists. Although it has an area of just about 2510 km², the island is larger than its neighbour Mauritius and it has a lot of interesting places to see. Due to its volcanic history, La Réunion is very fertile and mountainous, making it a great destination for nature and trekking enthusiasts. Visitors can walk through the indigenous forests to hidden waterfalls or hike one of the three famous calderas: Cirque de Salazie, Cirque de Cilaos and Cirque de Mafate. Those that still have some energy left can conquer Piton des Neiges and walk to the crater of Piton de la Fournaise. But it’s not only about hiking in La Réunion – this beautiful island is also a great destination for those looking for pure relaxation. Visitors can chill out and go swimming at the beaches of St. Gilles les Bains and l’Ermitage le Bains or go snorkelling and diving to explore the coral reefs.
Self-Drive Tours in La Réunion
The island of La Réunion is a hidden gem in the Indian Ocean and because of its affiliation to France, EU-citizens do not require a visa and South Africa travellers no longer need a visa to visit Réunion. In addition, the Euro is the preferred currency and driving is done on the right hand side, making it very convenient for European visitors. Although the official language is French, English is widely spoken. For travellers planning on visiting the small mountain villages, a basic French vocabulary is advisable. La Reunion’s good road conditions and infrastructure makes travelling easy and relaxed. A self-drive tour in La Réunion is perfect for travellers who prefer small and carefully selected hotels and who like planning their own daily itineraries.