Coloured Earths of Chamarel
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Places of Interest
Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses
The jewel of the crown!
The gardens are known to naturalists throughout the world for their countless
species of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victorial
Regia water lilies, and the talipot palm, said to flower once every sixty
years and then die. The garden was created by Pierre Poivre in 1767 in
the Estate of the French Governor Mahe de Labourdonnais. The latter's Chateau
de Mon Plaisir, built in 1735, can still be seen there
Among the oddest sites of
the island are the seven-coloured dunes at Chamarel, believed to result
from the weathering of volcanic rocks. These undulating and vividly contrasted
layers of earth are a short drive away from the beautiful Chamarel waterfalls.
The Bird Garden of Casela
Set in a magnificient site
between Bambous and Tamarin in the Riviere Noire district, the Casela Bird
Park hosts some 140 varieties of birds from around the world. The main
attraction remains the Mauritian Pink Pigeon, one of the rarest birds in
the world, still fighting to avoid the fate of the dodo. One of the giant
tortoises is 150 years old. The park is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm
and the entrance fee is Rs 125/150 on weekdays/weekends.
||Ile aux Cerfs
There are no stags
(cerfs) remaining on this small island which now belongs to Le Touessrok
Sun Hotel and attracts large numbers of holiday-makers on the east coast.
The ferry runs several times each hour between 9 am and 4 pm and costs
Rs 80 per person return, although this is expected to increase. Le Touessrok
Sun Hotel residents travel for free. What you get when you step off the
ferry is a sheltered, crowded beach and lagoon for water sports or sunbathing,
restaurants and several souvenir stalls. You can walk only around the seaward
half of the island, that is, clockwise from the landing site. On the island,
there is a boat house where you can hire water skis, pedalos, sailboards,
surfcats, Laser dinghies and canoes. Two-hour boat trips are offered to
the Grande Rivière Sud-Est waterfall; and there's also a tour around
Île aux Cerfs.
Domaine Les Pailles
Ten minutes south of Port-Louis
lies the nature park of Domaine Les Pailles, stretching over 3,000 acres
at the foot of the Moka mountain range. You can choose between touring
the park in a Land-Rover, riding in a horse-drawn carriage or in a train.
The gardens also feature a replica of an ancient sugarmill, an "alambic"
- an apparatus formerly used in distilling rum, a spice garden and a natural
Situated between Pointe-aux-Piments
and Trou-aux-Biches, hosts some 200 species of indigenous fish, invertebrates,
corals and sponges, providing the visitor with a unique opportunity of
admiring the fauna and flora of the Indian Ocean.
Domaine du Chasseur (Anse
Jonchee, Vieux Grand Port)
Situated in the south-east
of the island, near Mahebourg, in the heart of abundant greenery, Le Domaine
du Chasseur covers about 1,950 acres. It is also an exciting natural hunting
ground with its herds of some 1,000 deer and hundreds of wild boar. Lovers
of leafy walks can chose between 5 and 15 kms long, allowing them to admire
rare kinds of trees and protected species, such as the famous windhover
kestrel. A panoramic restaurant with a very good typically Mauritian menu
completes the attractions of this unusual trip, which has become a must
for hunters, walkers and... gourmets.
Captain Nemo's Undersea Walk
your chance to discover the underwater world from within, and make your
childhood fantasies come true: a slow-motion cavort in the kingdom of mermaids,
that does not even require you to know how to swim. The Undersea Walk Ltd.
has only one site, situated inside the lagoon in front of Grand Bay.
|Le Val Nature Park
Situated in the south-east
of the island at Cluny, Le Val offers a view of the natural aquatic life
of shrimps, eels and freshwater fish. The park also hosts anthurium green-houses,
watercress ponds, deer parks, as well as monkeys and various bird species.
The Vanilla Crocodile
and Tortoise Park is situated in Riviere des Anguilles, in the South
of Mauritius. In this luscious heaven of exotic flora, you can watch in
perfect safety over 200 Aldabra tortoises (which makes the Vanilla park
having the largest captive herd in the world), and hundreds of Nile crocodiles.
For passionates, there is also a collection of over 23.000 butterflies
and bright coloured insects, put together in over 30 years by Mr. Jacques
Siedlecki. There is also an area created especially for children, called
“Jungle Adventure Playground”, where the younger ones can safely enjoy
the slides, swings and merry-go-rounds.
Le Waterpark is the
perfect place for tourists to spend a day with family and friends. It is
located in Belle Mare, on the East coast of Mauritius. Some attraction
points are the crazy river, some giant slides, the mountain skull, a ship
wreck, one wave pool and ultimately the black hole.