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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 27 Dec 2012
ICAN MAURITIUS

CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR COMPANY?

ICAN is an international network of outdoor activities centre which includes about 20 centres and training centres. We are specialised in adventure and mountain activities such as hiking and trekking, canyoning and summit ascension.

ICAN Mauritius develops its activities especially in the mountainous regions of the island…

West – The 7 Falls Tamarind Falls), the 3 Mamelles, the Rempart, Corps de Garde;
South-West – the National Black River Gorges Park, Piton de Petite Rivière Noire;
Centre - Port-Louis – Moka range, Le Pouce, Peter Both…

We also propose special packages for groups of more than 10 people, with sports-related activities and other activities such as team-building. We are apart in that we try to maintain an adventurous spirit and nature conservation n participants.

WHEN DID YOU OPEN DOORS? & WHY MAURITIUS?

ICAN has been set up in 2005 and ICAN Mauritius has been established three years ago. We chose Mauritius because we rapidly acknowledged that contrary to the preconceived image of Mauritius being simply a flat island with sandy beaches, the island has a great potential for green activities and for ecotourism.

For example, at our arrival, the island had only 5 canyon-ing tracks; we now have more than 40 tracks. Similarly, we have developed many new trekking trails to explore regions previously difficult to access by the public.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ESTABLISHMENT?

Our company groups 5 monitors, all graduated in mountain activities and 10 technical assistants who assist in outdoor activities. In addition, we have 2 instructors, which enable us to train and help in delivering qualifications to new monitors and assistants. This also enables us to continuously train and bring up to date our staff. As such, our graduate monitors have certified French and international diplomas.

We do not have a fixed location for meeting customers before activities. It is us who usually move to meet our clients on the site of activities at target locations with our equipment.

We do not have a rigid timetable – our activities are scheduled as per the demand of clients, and upon availability of our monitors for these activities. These activities are proposed every day, including Sundays and
public holidays.

AND HOW HAS THE PUBLIC REACTED TO THE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES?

We have witnessed a real evolution in the demand for outdoor activities. At first, tourists discovered our activities during their stay on the island and decided to try those activities. Later, throughout many communication efforts, a certain group of people abroad chose Mauritius for a package of beaches, tourism and outdoor activities. Since a year, we now have some people targeting Mauritius specifically for outdoor activities.

We try first to share our passion for our activities and for Mauritian mountains, but we also want to provide this in a quality package which includes strict security measures, professional equipment and a warm greeting, so as to enable activities to be performed in the best
conditions.

We can nowadays propose treks for the average person who wants an easy trek, and also treks for those who want a higher level of technical difficulty. This is the same for canyoning. We are therefore able to adapt our activities to the demands and aptitudes of our clients.  We just ask our customers to bring simple sports shoes and a swimming suit during canyoning and hikes where it is possible to swim.

It is to be noted that for security reasons, we tackle in a different way some trekking tracks usually proposed on foot by others. We do not hesitate to secure the track by using ropes, harnesses and helmets (as for via-cordata activities), for the best security of our clients. The use f this equipment always reassures our customers and gives them the feeling that their security is our priority.

WHAT PRODUCTS/ ACTIVITIES ARE THE FAVOURITES?

We have an assortment of Best Of in each type of activities:
■ Hiking and trekking: Black River Gorges and the 7 Falls
■ Canyoning: The 7 Falls and Tamarind Falls
■ Summit ascension: Peter Both, 3 Mamelles…

In addition to this, we distinguish ourselves in our ability to offer a wide array of activities: for people who want less strenuous activities, we have “Half day packages”; for those people who want more, we have more technical or physically-demanding trips and “Tropical Jungle activities”


WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

Our objective is to continue our exploration so as to develop and provide new adventure tracks for outdoor activities, so as to propose Mauritius as an outdoor activities destination.

Our contact details:
Phone: (+230) 7498042, (+230) 9895813
Email: contact@ican-tropic.com
Website: www.ican-tropic.com

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