The Mauritius Sights
Black River Gorges National Park
The National Park is situated in the southwest of Mauritius, in the upland, that is why it feels a little cooler. This park was the first National Park in Mauritius and accessible for anybody. Its task is to safeguard the last forests in Mauritius. This park offers nice hiking paths, which you can explore by yourself. But you can also book a guide with it and do a guided tour. Just the view is worth it already! All hiking enthusiasts will get to see a wonderful rich green landscape.
Botanical garden of Pamplemousses
The Botanical garden of Pamplemousses ranks among the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world! It is more than 300 years old. That’s where you can find all of the tropical types of palm trees and trees, which are only known by their fruits, like for example cinnamon. It is free for children up to 5 years old. Adults pay 7 euros (stand 2012). At the entrance you can also book a guide for one euro per hour. It would take 2 days or even longer to explore everything.
The Coloured Earth in Chamarel
You can marvel at The Coloured Earth on the southwest coast. The earth seems to sparkle in every colour, it ranches from purple, red, yellow to green, you will think you will be standing in front of a rainbow landscape. People assume that the colours occurred during a transmission of the earth from volcanic rock, due to weather conditions. A little fee is charged for the entrance.
Le Val Wildlife Park
The wildlife park is located in the south. You can gaze many animals, but not free roaming, like monkeys and mauritian ducks.. There you can see a vast number of plants and several waters. Le Val wildlife park is the perfect place to go for a family trip. You can go for walks for longer than one hour and just be amazed by the nature. If you are looking for action, then it is not the right thing to do. This park offers more quietness and relaxation. A little fee is demanded.
The waterfalls in Tamarin are absolutely a treat for the eye. You can either marvel at them from the nice overlook or participate on a tour and climb down the waterfalls.
Shoes with grid is a must. Alongside the eucalyptus trees, palm trees and other plants, you won’t hike down a pre-built path. The last part you chop your way through the undergrowth. You must rely on your guide and listen to him/her carefully. You will walk over wooden pieces and stones until you reach way down the water. The Tamarin waterfalls have 7 large valleys, in which you can also swim. So do not forget your swimming suits/shorts.
The 14 hectare big nature park in Cascavelle offers many things. Whether lions, monkeys, zebras, dry forests or other tropical plants and animals.. you can take a walk with the lions or explore the nature. There is a petting zoo, a high rope course or you can also swim through a gorge. The Casela park offers interesting attractions to everyone. If you are hungry, because of all the exploring time, you can go eat at the park restaurant. The prices depend on what you would like to see. Either only the walk with the Lions, the tour through the grove, going to stay half a day or a whole day?.. Inform yourself about what they offer and what you are interested in and enjoy an eventful day.
La Vanille Crocodile Park
In the middle of Mauritius’ sugar cane fields in the Village Rivière des Anguilles, you can find the Vanilla Crocodile Park in a nice river valley. There is a tropical climate, that is why an Australian biologist and his mauritian wife were able to plant bushes which were used to the mauritian climate. You will walk along streams, paths which lead you over bridges, big trees with vines, the most coloured birds and a compound with crocodiles, iguanas and other animals.. a insectarium and a creole restaurant, called ‘Le Crocodile Affamé’. The name is self- explanatory, because the woman from Mauritius once used to live on the vanilla farm.
Ile aux Cerfs
You can reach the island when you are at the village of Flacq at Trou d’eau Douce. Ile aux Cerfs : wonderful sandy beaches, a paridisial lagoon, prettier than on any postcard. Ile aux Cerfs can be reached in around 10-15 minutes with a speed boat. This island concentrates very much on tourism. You will find bars, restaurants and you can also buy souvenirs.
But you can also just relax on the beach and enjoy the view of the indian ocean which sparkles in many different blue tones. The transport costs with the speed boat to the island will be negociated with the driver in Flacq/Trou d’eau Douce.
Ile aux Aigrettes
The matching part of Ile aux Cerfs is Ile aux Aigrettes, everything is still untouched there and is a protected habitat. If you find yourself at the beach of Mahébourg (east coast) then you will be on the island in a short time. There is a forest on the island. Seldom plants and some animals inhabit the island. In a 1,5 hour tour you can explore the island with a guide. It is said that the dodo was used to live in this forrest. You will come across ruins and old houses. These are what remains of the Great Britains and French.
Ilot Gabriel, the island, is located in the north. There you will have some patches of grass, a few trees and other than that, only fine sand. Also this island is a protected habitat and it is surrounded by coral reefs which invite you to snorkel in the turquoise blue water. You can see the island from Cap Malheureux. It is the perfect location to eat lunch or have a picnic and catamaran tours to Ilot Gabriel are very famous as well. Animals are rare on this island, you do not get to see so many.
Coin de Mire
The island Coin de Mire is also called Gunner’s Quoin and is located in the north. When you are standing in Cap Malheureux at the shore, then you can clearly see the Island Coin de Mire next to Ilot Gabriel. It also belongs to the protected animals and you will find a stunning beach and even better snorkel possibilities. Its highest point is 142 meters high.
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