North

South

East

West & South West

Inland & central plateau

Choose your region and let us know what interests you, we will organize for you an unforgettable day.


NORTH:
Pamplemousses Garden / The adventure of sugar / Castel of Labourdonnais / Port-Louis and its surroundings (market of Port-louis / citadel) / The aquarium.

SOUTH:
Mahebourg and its surroundings / Visit of an active sugar factory (savanna) Crocodile Park / Gris-Gris / Souillac, Rochester Fall / Saint Aubin (the house of vanilla).

EAST:
Visit the east coast to discover its beautiful wild beaches, Black Rock / Post the fayette / Bras d'eau / Belle Mare / Villages of the Southeast / The visit of the waterfall GRSE (Great South East River).

WEST / SOUTHWEST:
Casela / The village of Albion and its famous lighthouse / The beach of flic-en-flac / Nature park for lovers of walking / The tamarind saline / The beach of the dull.

INLAND & CENTRAL PLATEAU:
Deer Hole, curepipe / The Tea Route / Great Basin (ganga talao) / Plain Champagne and Surrounding Area / The Eureka House / Black River Gorge Views, alexandra fall / The land of the 7 colors / Chamarel, the rum.


North

Pamplemousses Garden / The Sugar Adventure / Castel of Labourdonnais / Port Louis Market / The Citadel in Port-Louis / The Aquarium.

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Pamplemousses Garden

The Pamplemousses Garden is a 37-hectare botanical garden located in the north of the island.

A little moment in history: The botanical garden was created at the initiative of Pierre Poivre, former seminarian steward of Isle de France (now Mauritius), in 1770. Former property of the governor of La Bourdonnais, Pierre Poivre acquires the area of ​​Mon Plaisir to collect trees and spices from all over the world: laurel of the Antilles, Chinese camphor tree, breadfruit from the Philippines or litchi from Cochin China. For two years, botanists botanize, classify, inventorize, draw and plant the garden. The task is immense, the collections are constantly expanding arriving from Africa, India, Malaysia and Polynesia.

The garden is crisscrossed with avenues and alleys that bear the names of the great naturalists who have studied or helped form the flora. Next to the castle of Mon Plaisir is a park with an enclosure of giant turtles Seychelles and not far from Java deer.

The garden has 95 varieties of palm trees from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean and spices have a section dedicated to them: nutmeg, clove introduced in 1770 by Pierre Pepper, cinnamon of Ceylon, pepper, four-spice of South America. There are also giant water lilies, lotuses, water lilies and water hyacinths found in several basins.
 

 

The adventure of sugar

The sugar adventure is in the village of Beau-Plan, about 10 minutes from the Pamplemousses Garden.

High place of history than that of sugar cane, the former sugar factory of Beau-Plan reconverted into a museum to tell its story through the threads of centuries whose cane was the main activity of the island. A sweet journey in history, from India and China to the meeting of sugar and European refineries.

The visit lasts approximately 1h30, you will discover the history of the island, the slave trade, the sugar through the ages and all the technical progress around its manufacture and the economic exchanges around the world. At the end of the visit you will be entitled to a tasting.

 

The castle of labourdonnais

The Château de Labourdonnais, located in the village of Mapou, is a cultural place living under the concept of "a castle in the nature" where the history, the flora, the orchards, the gastronomy and the know-how of Mauritius are highlighted .

In 2006, the Board of Directors of the Compagnie Agricole de Labourdonnais restored the Château to its original state. The visit begins with the majestic stewardship lane leading to the main entrance, the Italian neoclassical-inspired Château extends over two levels and the bedrooms are upstairs, the dining room is Victorian style with furniture ordered in Britain, while the bedroom and living room were furnished in a French style.

A room awaits the visitors for the projection of the film on the restoration of the castle.

After the castle, you can stroll through the lush gardens and discover the orchards that contain about fifty varieties of century-old mango trees, spice trees and many exotic fruit trees.

A stop at the Rhumerie des Mascareignes will allow you to discover the distillation columns, the tanks and the aging techniques of the agricultural rum. The orchard products and rum are offered at the tasting bar and the castle shop.

 

The port-louis market

Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius, it is also an open port on the Indian Ocean and the center of the local economy, the city is considered one of the most important financial centers of sub-Saharan Africa .

 
The city is full of historical sites, such as the Champ de Mars and the Place d'Armes, the St Louis Cathedral, the Jummah Mosque, the Port-Louis Museum, the Aapravasi Ghat (World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 12 July 2006) this was the landing place for Indian engaged workers on the island from November 1834 to 1910.

Port Louis is famous for its central market, divided into three sections:

(1) FRUITS AND VEGETABLES - an immersion in the heart of a local market with the captivating colors of the island. A flurry of juicy fruits (pineapple, mango, passion fruit), tasty vegetables to chew and including herbal and aphrodisiac drugs.

(2) MEAT AND FISH (sensitive soul abstain due to smell)

(3) SOUVENIR COINS AND SPICES - a wide variety of artisanal products, spices, clothes. (small advice: you will have to negotiate hard because you will risk being ripped off)
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The Citadel

The citadel is the name under which is best known the Fort Adelaide, fortification built between 1834 and 1840 on a hill of capital, Port Louis. The Fort has almost never been used except to accommodate a small garrison from time to time. It was built in a strategic location overlooking the port of Port Louis which made it easy to monitor all incoming enemy ships.

From the fort one has a breathtaking view of the capital and its surroundings, besides one can see the entrance of the port, the fields of March and the Caudan Waterfront.

 

 

The aquarium

The aquarium, located in the village of Pointe-Aux-Piments in the north of the island, you can discover a multitude of fish and other marine species multicolored part of the aquatic fauna of Mauritius.

Once the front door passed, we find ourselves in front of a small pond with some freshwater fish: tilapia, red berry or carp. Then we go to the first building to discover a first series of local flora and fauna. Among, a clown fish of Mauritius in the anemones, the young ladies of Johnston, a young emperor.

We can also admire lobsters, flying laffes or moray eels that coexist in the same pool. If you are lucky enough to meet in these places around 11 am, you can attend the shark meal service. Then head for the sea turtle pond (your children will think they are in the samy adventure).

Throughout the visit informative sheets indicate the scientific and current names in French, English species. If some visitors visit in 15 minutes or an hour, others spend the day there.

 

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South

Mahebourg and its surroundings / Visit of an active sugar factory (Savanna) / Crocodile park / Gris-gris / Rochester fall / Saint-aubin (the house of vanilla).

 

Mahebourg and its surroundings

 

 

Mahébourg is a small coastal town in the south-east of the island and is in the center of the most typical region of Mauritius, which contrasts with the large tourist area of ​​the north.

The city is a landmark of our national heritage where the precious treasures of the Naval Grand Port are exposed. The Naval Museum is an old castle built in 1760 by Jean de Roubillard who was at the time the district commander of Grand-Port. The museum has two floors and reflects the architecture of the 18th century and access is free.

At the old Grand Port, the oldest settlement in Mauritius, you can see the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications. Those who are also interested in the history of Mauritius will enjoy visiting the Hendrik Museum which retraces all stages of the occupation of Mauritius.

South of Mahébourg, from the Pointe d'Esny to Blue Bay, spreads for several kilometers a long beach lined with beautiful houses feet in the water. There is the beautiful beach of Blue Bay where the large marine park stretches.

 

 

Visit of a sugar factory, (Savanna)

 

 

 omnicane sugar industry of Savanna, located in the village of L'escalier in the south of the island is a factory still in activity where we can visit the crushing of the cane with the crystallization of sugar.

You can see grinding mills, cooking equipment, mixers, centrifuges, a huge machinery to go from cane to juice and juice to sugar crystals. A guide will accompany you all along to explain all the procedure to follow when making sugar

 

Crocodile park

 

 

The Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes is located in the south of Mauritius in the village of Rivière des Anguilles.

The park is home to several species of animals, reptiles and plants. It is located in the middle of a beautiful rainforest with natural sources of fresh water, filled with shrimp and fish.

There are reptiles such as Nile crocodiles, iguanas, caimans, geckos, giant tortoises and green lizard, mammals and freshwater fish. The park has an insectarium where there are 23,000 species of butterflies and insects.

Inside the park you will find the restaurant "Le Crocodile Affamé", the restaurant offers a range of Mauritian dishes and also several dishes with crocodile meat that are really worth a try, you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Gris gris

 

 

The gris gris, located in Souillac is well known by its cliff, this part of the island is not surrounded by coral reefs, the high waves break directly on the cliff.

You can not leave Gris-Gris without visiting its cliff, known as La Roche qui Pleure. It takes its name from the permanent runoff of sea water and the roar of the waves against the rock.

Leaving Gris-Gris to plunge us into the heart of Souillac, the former home of the poet Robert Edward Hart turns out to be another cultural attraction very visited in Souillac. The poet's house, made of coral, known as La Nef, serves as a museum.

  Another place worth seeing is the Telfair garden, which is a beautiful place by the sea where locals often meet for a picnic. The garden is named after Charles Telfair, naturalist and landowner who developed the Bel Ombre sugar estate.

 

Rochester fall

 

 

Rochester Falls, still in the village of Souillac, is a waterfall on the Savanne River. It is famous for the strange rectangular shape of its rocky sides. To access the waterfall, you have to cross the cane plantations.

They cascadent from the Savanne River from a height of 10m where the constant erosion has shaped the rock of basalt in columns. Young people occupy the top of the falls and wait for tourists to perform daring plunges in the water below.

A council do not take pictures, because they will come and get you money.

 

The house of vanilla

 

 

St Aubin the vanilla house, a few kilometers north of Souillac towards Rivière des Anguilles is this beautiful 19th century colonial mansion. Inhabited successively by the various administrators of the plantation, the house was the subject of a major renovation in the 90s and is now part of the architectural heritage of Mauritius.

You can also visit greenhouses of anthuriums and vanilla, a botanical trail, a vanilla house updating the production process of the famous aromatic pod, and a House of rum where you will discover all the subtleties of distillation. of an agricultural rum: rum Saint Aubin 1819. This traditional rum made on the spot from the first juice of the cane, is aged in oak barrel during 2 or 3 years, arranged with vanilla or coffee of Chamarel
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East

Visit the east coast to discover its beautiful wild beaches, / Roche noir / Post the fayette / Bras d'eau / Belle Mare / Villages of the Southeast / The visit of the waterfall GRSE (Great South East River)

 

Roche noir, Poste la fayette

Roches Noire is located on the north-east coast of Mauritius, it is a small peaceful village that has kept its authenticity. You can visit 'Princess Margaret Cave' created by volcanic formations. A little further, along the coast, you will arrive at Poste lafayette, a region known for its wild side, its lush vegetation, its beach coves lined with volcanic rocks where you can collect beautiful seashells. The place is windy all year round, but the beach is beautiful and the water.pronfonde.

 
 

Bras d'eau

 Bras d'eau owes its name to the body of water in the shape of an arm that crosses the reserve to throw itself into the sea. The reserve offers to the walker a preserved nature which shelters remarkable natural treasures, like ponds, there are also vestiges of the past. One of the park's attractions is Mare Sarcelle, a paradise for migratory birds.

Everywhere, trails have been developed to accommodate walkers, the forest also hosts plants and trees unique to Mauritius, including the white eucalyptus of Australia, Mahogani, Florida mahogany, Araucaria and Tecoma .

You can visit the remains of the past such as these ruins of an old sugar refinery, a lime kiln dating from the French colonial era.

Then direction Bras-d'eau beach bordered by huge mangroves or the source of fresh water flows into the sea.
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Belle mare

 Belle Mare is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island and especially the longest, lined with filao trees. A beautiful lagoon, turquoise waters, white sand and often exposed by an east wind, ideal for sailing or kite surfing. And very nice hotels along the coast.

You will be able to see the remains of the 19th century Belle Mare sugar refinery, beautiful fireplaces and stone oven along the beach.
 

 

Southeastern villages

Trou-d'eau-douce, a small coastal village, the village is known as the main place of departure for the Ile-aux-Deer and the visit of the GRSE waterfall.

Many locals earn their living as fishermen, many restaurants specializing in seafood and freshly caught fish along the coast.

After Trou-d'eau-douce, going down in the south-east of the island, you will follow small villages with picturesque names, Two Brothers, Four Sisters, Pointe aux Feuille, Big Sand, Devil's Point, Bamboo Virieux. Located between the chain of Bamboo Mountains, cane fields and the seaside, time seems to stop. People live off fishing and farming.

 

 

Cascade de GRSE (Great South East River)

Geat South East is the largest river in Mauritius, 30km long, along the chain of Bamboo Mountains before flowing Cascade to its mouth in the Bay of Anse Cunat.

The waterfall is more easily accessible by boat, many motor boats go there every day. The route offers beautiful landscapes on the east coast of the island, the panorama is breathtaking.

Going up the river from the mouth, nature offers a wonderful scenery of lush vegetation. You can observe the bat, Black foxes hanging on the branches of the trees
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West

Casela / The village of Albion and its famous lighthouse / The beach of flic-en-flac / Nature park for lovers of walking / The tamarind saline / The beach of the morne.

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Casela nature and leisure park

Casela is a large 14-hectare park that provides habitat for 1,500 birds, lions, zebras, giant turtles, monkeys, a tiger and many other animals. Surrounded by an endemic garden, the park overlooks the west coast of the island.

Forming part of the vast estate of "Yemen" and its 4500 hectares which houses two of the four longest rivers on the island: the Rempart River and the Tamarin River.

Casela offers various activities for adults, children and teenagers, everyone will find happiness.

 

THE ZOO AND SAFARI

In safari vehicles with 10 or 30 seats, visit the 14-hectare park where live Java deer, zebras, antelopes, ostriches, etc. A 45 minute tour into a savannah landscape with magnificent views of the west coast. Your children will love.

 

THE QUAD

Discovery trip in the African reserve (1 or 2 hours) in the middle of deer, zebras, African antelopes etc.Suite of the 4,500 hectares of the Yemen reserve and its landscapes to cut you the breath.

All outings are guided and followed by a professional photographer whose photos are available (if you wish) after the release.

restrictions:

Driving allowed from 16 years old.

Passenger from 1m35.

 

WALKING WITH LIONS

A unique opportunity to meet, touch and walk with felines. The march with the lions is done at the sweetest hours either in the morning or at the end of the afternoon.

These activities are reserved for people with no disability and a height of 1m50 or more

The little ones are not left out: from a platform overlooking the enclosures, they will be able to observe felines safely.

HIKING FUN

On the menu, Nepalese or suspended bridges, zip line with arrival in the water, triple zipline, double zipline, walking, swimming, picnic grill, swimming in a canyon.

The day starts at 9:00 in the morning from Casela and the walkers will return to Casela around 15:00.

The circuit is recommended to everyone from 8-10 years old.

 

 

Albion lighthouse

Albion is a coastal village located in the west of the island about 30 minutes from the capital Port Louis.

The Albion Lighthouse, also known as Belle Vue Phare, has over time become a National Historic Monument and is also one of the few remaining operational lighthouses on the island. Built in 1909, the lighthouse was inaugurated in 1910 by Governor Sir Gavendsh Boyle.

Arrived at the Dome overlooking the sea of 40 m, an exceptional panorama as far as the eye can see, on a clear day, we can see in the distance the Coin de Mire. The Albion Lighthouse is still protected by the kindness of its Guardian Mr. Premanund Moheeput, whom everyone calls Mr. Paul.

 

 

Beach of Flic-en-Flac

Flic en Flac is a village on the west coast of the island, it is a tourist and seaside village.

The village has several restaurants, pharmacies, banks, and shops of all kinds, as well as a shopping center, a casino and nightclubs. It is often compared to another tourist village north of the island that is Grand Baie.

Flic en Flac has more than a kilometer and a half long beaches where you can swim all year round. It is a famous site for scuba diving with its many caves and wrecks.

 

 

Nature park (Black River National Park)

Located in the southwest of the island, the Black River Nature Park opened in 1994 to preserve the local flora and fauna.

More than 50 kilometers of trail divided into 6 walks have been marked for walkers. Each walk - count 2 to 3 hours - has its own specificity: a first runs along the gorges, a second allows to observe the birds, a third offers exceptional views.

Ideal for walkers, easy walks for all between 1.5 km and 3 km and beautiful walks from 6 to 10 km for the more athletic.

 

 

The salt works of Tamarin (The salt road)

You can discover the whole process of making this essential condiment in your kitchen, while strolling between the salt pans, along the coast of Tamarin.

For 175 years, 1,586 ponds, located on 20 hectares, provide in the 1,400 tons of salt per year. Salt production requires patience, it takes five to seven days before all pumped seawater is evaporated.

Twenty sauniers have been working in the saltworks for over thirty years with a large female majority, the salt baskets weigh 20 kg and the women usually carry two or three baskets at a time on their heads, which corresponds to a weight of 60 kg.

After your visit, you will not look at your salt in the same way .........

 

 

 

 

 

The Morne


The Morne Brabant is a mountain in the south-west of Mauritius, declared World Heritage by UNESCO since July 6, 2008 under the name of "Cultural Landscape of Morne".

It is said that a collective suicide of the brown slaves of the summit of Le Morne, having found the ultimate refuge in this place hunted by masters and dogs, chose to die there rather than being captured.

Today Le Morne is a tourist spot on the island with famous beaches, luxury hotels and a world famous spot for kitesurfing.

 

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Center

Trou-aux-cerfs, curepipe / The Tea Road / Grand Basin (ganga talao) / Plaine Champagne and Surrounding Area / The eureka House / Black River Gorge Views, alexandra fall / The land of the 7 colors / Chamarel, the rhumerie.

 

Trou-aux-cerfs

Trou aux Cerfs is a volcanic crater about 300 meters in diameter and 80 meters deep. It is located in the town of Curepipe located on the heights, almost in the center of the island.

It is an old volcano 605 meters high today extinguished, the crater, filled by a small lake, sports a lush vegetation, composed of tall pines as well as other species of plants.

The Trou-aux-Cerfs is a panoramic view of the surrounding areas, including the town of Curepipe, the Rempart mountain, also known as "Three Breasts", in the west, and the Saint-Pierre mountain in the north-west

 

La tea road

The tea road begins with the visit of the Domaine des Aubineaux, located in Forest Side, near Curepipe. There is a rich colonial mansion built in 1872.

The house has a museum with a large number of period furniture and a tea room offering tasting of Bois Chéri tea. The floral park and the Camphor tree garden are open to the public.

Then head to the Bois Chéri tea factory, located a few kilometers from Grand Bassin. On site, guides will explain the different stages of production: from picking to packaging, through withering, fermentation, drying and sieving.

A museum of the tea comes to complete the visit and are exposed there: old machines related to the tea production, tea services of the 19th century, photographs, tables, etc.

a tasting of the products of the range Bois de Chéri tea is proposed in a panoramic cottage offering views of the field, a beautiful lake in an old crater and all the south of the island.

 

 

Grand-bassin (ganga talao)

The Grand Basin is a small lake in an ancient volcanic crater located 550 meters above sea level.

It is a place sacred and revered by the Hindu community of the island. All around the lake there are temples dedicated to Shiva, Hanuman and Lakshmi. Hindus go there barefoot in procession at the time of the pilgrimage of Mahashivatri to purify themselves there.

At the entrance to Grand Basin we can see the large statue of Shiva with his trident.

Some mischievous monkeys come around the temples to steal the fruits left by the faithful.

 

 

Plaine champagne

Plaine champagne is in the high plateau in the heart of the Black River National Park.

It is a dense forest with many pines and endemic plants such as rosin, tatarnaka, tambalacoques, camphor tree, matting wood. And also, guava bushes of china, this little red fruit so much appreciated by the Mauritians during its season.

At the edge of a road you can cross monkeys or brown pigs.

Many trails have been developed for lovers of hiking and you can even picnic tables are at your disposal.

 

 

The Eureka house

The Eureka House in Moka and an old colonial-style mansion dating from the 19th century. This building is attached to the history of several large families.

This house attracts visitors for its original character of yesteryear, antique furniture, bed and breakfast, Creole cuisine and organic garden.

In Eureka, we also talk about the house with 109 doors, which includes 14 rooms. Each room has antique furniture carved from precious wood, and cashmere carpets hanging on the wall to remind you of the route of the Indian Road.

You can also walk in the huge garden, you will find endemic plants, beautiful pools with fish and waterfalls.

You can have lunch at the table d'hôte under the veranda and enjoy typical Mauritian dishes.

 

 

Black River Gorge Views, Alexandra Fall

The Black River Gorges National Park, or parc national des gorges de Rivière Noire in French, is a national park. Since June 1994, the forest of nearly 6600 hectares, located in Plaine Champagne on the heights in the South West of Mauritius, is classified National Park.

The Park offers panoramic views of the gorges, waterfalls and the coastline of the West Coast. There are about 300 species of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers and many birds including 9 species of birds endemic to Mauritius.

Among these endemic birds, the Mauritius Kestrel, commonly known as the Mauritius Falcon, The Pink Pigeon and the Big Green Cat, have moved from Endangered Species to Endangered Species.

More than 60 kilometers of trails have been traced in the park. The most important are those leading to the highest peak of the island: the peak of the Petite Rivière Noire, the trail macchabée which joins the two information centers (National Parks Conservation Service) and parakeet trail.

 

Alexandra Falls is 700 meters above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the south of the island. Let yourself be carried away by the sound of the water gushing from the waterfalls and by this pure air of the big trees of the forest.

 

 

The land of 7 colors

Chamarel is a small typical village famous for its land of various colors, its waterfall, its rum. The St. Anne's Chapel of the village, built in 1876, is the site of an annual pilgrimage on Assumption Day with a popular festival. The village is famous for its tables of hosts where you will be able to eat a good wild boar curry or camarons (big shrimp) accompanied by a tit punch.

The earth of the seven colors (brown, ocher, pink, orange, mauve ...) are volcanic ash exposed by erosion. The hot and humid climate favored the decomposition of basalt to clay.

The waterfall Chamarel, fed by the rivers St Denis and salt meat and is about 100 meters high. A promontory offers a point of view on the waterfall. Be careful though mosquitoes.

 

 

The rhumerie of Chamarel


At the heart of the Chamarel valley is La Rhumerie de Chamarel, overlooking the road lined with fields of pineapple and sugar cane.

Harvested daily by hand from the first light of day, freshly cut canes arrive in less than 4 hours at the mills of La Rhumerie.

The filtered cane juice is slowly fermented with a selection of unique yeasts. The vesou is then distilled in a tray column. Distilled rum is preserved in stainless steel tanks for a minimum of six months. During this stage, the distilled product is regularly stirred.

La Rhumerie offers guided tours, tastings of farm rums distilled on the spot such as white rum, heart of Heater, Chamarel liqueurs, exotic rums - flavored and older rum. The duration of the visit is about 30 to 40 minutes.

The distillery focuses on its environmental recycling efforts:

The bagasse, the fibrous residue remaining after extraction of the juice is collected and converted into energy, ashes are used to fertilize the fields.

 

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