Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
This botanical garden, also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden, covers 60 acres of land and features a number of varieties of palm trees. The horticultural garden also features giant lily ponds with tadpoles and frogs, fruit bat trees with bats hanging from the branches, lakes with giant turtles and fish, plus trees planted by famous figures including Nelson Mandela and Indira Ghandi.
Black River Gorges National Park
This national park stretches over 6574 hectares of land and you can hike its trails to view the native forests and wildlife. The thick forest is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and if you’re lucky, you may see the famous pink pigeon, a bird endemic to Mauritius which almost became extinct.
There are a number of long hiking trails which take several hours to walk, so it’s best to go prepared with adequate shoes, maps, water and gear. For visitors who love the great outdoors, this is the ideal opportunity to see panoramic views of the island’s landscape, including vistas, gorges, peaks and waterfalls.
Grand Bassin is a lake high up in the mountains about 1800 feet above sea level. It is the most sacred Hindu place on the island of Mauritius and there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here. The people of the island believe it is filled with holy waters from the River Ganges in India, and people make pilgrimages from their homes to the lake on foot on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. There is also a 108 foot statue of Shiva which was created in 2007.
Ile aux Cerfs
le aux Cerfs is a large island located off the East Coast of Mauritius, with spectacular white sandy beaches, palm trees and waters all shades of blue. When you arrive at the picture-postcard blue lagoon you’ll feel like you’ve arrived on Treasure Island. You can relax on the beach, enjoy a BBQ and have a go at parasailing to enjoy aerial views of this pristine isle.
The island’s main beach has facilities including restaurants serving tasty food. The island is run by Le Touessrok Mauritius- the hotel’s suites, rooms and main facilities are located on the mainland of Mauritius, whilst the championship Bernard Langer golf course is situated on Ile Aux Cerfs. Guests can take a short boat ride over to the island for exclusive use of the golf course.
Domaine du Chasseur
The Domaine du Chasseur allows nature-lovers to wander its 30km of nature trails through the 1 000 hectares of natural landscape. The trails run through beautiful forests of indigenous trees and spice plants. You might spot the Javan deer, which is reared here. Wild boars, monkeys, hares and many local bird species also inhabit this reserve. Choose to walk the trails, test your fitness on a mountain bike or pick up the pace on a quad bike to explore the pathways and waterfalls before eating in the rustic restaurant. The restaurant at Domaine du Chasseur has beautiful views towards the ocean and specialises in traditional game dishes.
The typical village of Goodlands is the place to go for a folk shopping day. Goodlands is located in the North of Mauritius, between the villages of Petit Raffray and St. Antoine. This village of more than 20 000 inhabitants is organized along an active and overflowing main street of shops of all kinds.A day in the heart of Mauritian life is waiting for you at Goodlands. Teeming with people, this small town has all its modern facilities: Bus station, snack shops, restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets and even a small casino. Despite all its development, the village has kept a touch of authenticity with its old shops or ‘tabaji’, its colorful Temple, its beautiful church and its local markets.
When you arrive at this 14-hectare nature park, you're greeted with a bewildering range of options – in addition to being a zoo (with big cats, rhinos, giraffes and other African mammals), the beautifully landscaped reserve offers a giant slide, animal interactions, and a variety of heart-pumping activities like ziplines, canyoning and quad-bike 'safaris' around a neighbouring home to zebras, impalas, waterbucks, rhinos and monkeys. Casela is on the main road 1km south of the turn-off to Flic en Flac.
Chamarel is the highest waterfall in Mauritius at 100 metres. This natural beauty spot is the perfect photo opportunity and certainly an impressive sight. Climb the stairs to the viewing platform at the top and take a look at the breathtaking waterfall as it hits the pool 100 metres below.
This trip is usually combined with a visit to the Seven Coloured Earth, which is made up of sand dunes of different distinct colours including reds, browns and purples. The dunes were created by volcanic rocks which cooled at different temperatures and became crushed into sand which then settled into different colours.
the capital Port Louis
Port Louis, the cosmopolitan capital city of Mauritius was founded in 1735 by the French governor and pioneer Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais. Located on the Northwest Coast, Port Louis is the administrative and business capital of the island.
Buzzing with activity during the day, the city is full of cultural and historical treasures that should not be missed. Beyond the central market, which is a focal point for those who want to feel close to the soul of Mauritius, are many historic sites including the Champ de Mars - the oldest race course in the southern hemisphere.
central market port louis
Port Louis' rightly famous Central Market, the centre of the local economy since Victorian times, was cleaned up considerably in a 2004 renovation. Many comment that it's lost much of its dirty charm (you're far less likely to see rats, although it is possible), but it's still a good place to get a feel for local life, watch the hawkers at work and buy some souvenirs. Most authentic are the fruit and vegetable sections (including Chinese herbal medicines and aphrodisiacs).