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Living in a camper van in Mauritius

Hello all,

I'm moving to Mauritius from the UK in August to take a permanent job. In the UK, I live in my motorhome, which is a standard panel van that's been converted inside. On the outside it looks like a regular van. I'm thinking of shipping my camper van out to Mauritius and living in it there too. What is the camper van scene like in Mauritius? Do people use camper vans very often? I would have parking at work and probably would travel around the island at weekends. Obviously the heat is a concern, but I'm able to install fans and other types of air conditioning so I should be OK.

Any thoughts? I know there's a low crime rate in Mauritius, and I'm used to the hassle etc that people get here in the UK, so that's not a concern for me, but I just wondered if there's anything else I'm forgetting about...?



Of course if shipping my own van over is a major problem, I may also just buy a van out there...

So you are thinking of living 24*5 on the parking lot of the university - your place of work?
How about hook-up for utilities ?
And permission to be on the university site or property after hours?
On the WE, where would you park ?

Hello, I think importation costs for you would be prohibitive.

The other issues are authorisation to do it and how it would be perceived by other. I think it highly unlikely that you would be allowed to park and live in a vehicle in any parking space.

Secondly, Mauritius is quite a conservative country. For a professional to live like that in parts of Europe may be viewed as just a bit different and quirky. Here that will not be the case and I would not underestimate the perception and it's effects.

Mauritius is quite a safe country but what you are proposing would not be secure and would invite opportunistic petty crime, as a foreigner, at the very least.

Sorry to be so negative but best to be realistic about things.

Hi all,

Thanks very much for your replies... And no worries about negativity! This is exactly why I posted, because I need to know what the reception might be like and I needed to know what the concerns might be for living my sort of lifestyle in Mauritius.

Im well aware about the permissions issues, the facilities issues, and the safety issues. All the practicalities of living in a van etc dont botther me. Ive lived this way for a long time, so my concerns arent really related to that. Its more the perception and the reaction i might get that I needed to know about.

Thanks esp to Wandlewed - really helpful post!

Ive looked into import today and it looks way too expensive for me... shame, as i love a good adventure in my van! Guess I will have to save it for Europe 👍🏻😊

Thanks again everyone



First of all, I'm not sure your type of camper van would be authorized on the roads here.

Now that said, if you are thinking about renting or buying a van here to live in, this would raise other issues like parking and access to basic utilities.
As another poster pointed out, Mauritius is a very conservative country socially speaking where 98% of the population own their houses, therefore living and moving around in a camper van would raise eyebrows.
Many would definitely question your lifestyle and intentions, 

Then, more importantly, there are safety concerns associated with this. While Mauritius is a relatively safe country, living permanently in a vehicle would definitely put you at risk especially at night.

Not recommended in my opinion.

This is a very good response and pretty much agree with it.


If i was in your place i would rent a piece of land so that i can park the van at night during week days. In week end i would park on the beach or inland near mountain.

For viability, i would advice that you contact the board of investment as they do assist professional to work & live in Mu.

All the best,


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