summits on the island are: Le Piton de la Riviere Noire(827 m), Le
Pic coiffé de Pieter Both, Le Pouce, la Montagne Rempart and Les
plantations cover a major part of the island but you will be
surprised by the enormous piles of stones in the middle of the
forest reserve where the exotic vegetation and species of the
Indian Ocean are protected.
has inherited the three most prestigious cuisines of the world :
French, Chinese and Indian. But in addition to these
international cuisines, there is a uniquely Mauritian cuisine
that has evolved as a result of the fusion of Creole: reflecting
the ethnic diversity of the people.
The séga (the rhythm of the island) a dance unique to
Mauritius. Derived mostly from African music dating back from
slavery days, the traditional séga is accompanied by traditional
instruments such as the ravane, the maravane, and the triangle.
The original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for
the more contemporary instruments.
of soft sandy beaches make Mauritius ideal holiday spot.
Protected by a coral reef, the emerald lagoons are as safe and
transparent as a swimming pool.
paradise for all water sports: wind surfing, water-skiing,
snorkeling , deep sea fishing etc.. Belle
Mare Plage The Resort is situated along one of the most
beaches of the island, 2km of white sandy beach
What to visit
PORT LOUIS: The capital and main port of
Mauritius, founded by Mahé de Labourdonnais in1735, deserves
a full day with its Museum, mosques, the little market and
the Chinatown, interesting is the visit to the Museum of
Natural History: among the various embalmed animals you can
see the only specimen of “Dodo”, an enormous bird, a
sort of giant turkey, now extinct, the symbol of the
island. The market is very quaint: you can find there
everything from local handy-crafts to the Chinese alchemist
who offers you every kind of infusion, medical and
aphrodisiac herbs, and more. One can admire a good view on
Port Louis, Climbing up to Fort Adelaide, a fortified
Citadel. For those who love horse racing there is that too:
Champs de Mars, a race course ones used for training and
military shows, every Saturday, from May to November,
becomes animated by Mauritians very keen on horses. Around
the main square, place d’Armes, you will see some French
colonial buildings: the Hotel du Government, the Court
supreme and the Port Louis Theatre. In front of the latter
is Vieux Conseil road, the cultural heart, where the
Photographic Museum and the Museum of the masks are
located. The commercial center “Le Caudan Waterfront” whose
vaguely”retro” architecture is reminiscent of the elegant
colonial building of Cape Town.
Sugar world museum, will lead you through the fascinating
world of sugar in the former Beau Plan factory.
PAMPLEMOUSSEES BOTANICAL GARDEN :
1776 Pierre Poivre, superintendent of the island of France
(Mauritius) and of Bourbon (La Reunion), started the
realization of the garden and his apprentice and successor,
Nicolas Céré, ended the work. Nowadays it extends over an
area of about 26 hectares and it numbers more than 500
species of plants. It is well known by botanists of all the
world thanks to the most important collection of local and
exotic plants that grow there, like the giant "Victoria
regia" and over 80 species of palms. The talipot or coryphe
parasol is interesting because of the legend according to
which the plant blossoms only after 60 years, just once
A delightful little cove
with deep clear blue water is the best bath place in the
DOMAINE DE L’ETOILE:
The excursions proposed by "Ciel
et Nature" within the Domaine de l’Etoile are varied
and original. The domain being vast and magnificent, all
recreational activities proposed are worth while. It is the
second private hunting domain which is opening to the public
and to tourism.
LA ROUTE DU THE:
Mauritius’s oldest factory still in operation and
traditional invites you for a guided tour and tasting.
GRAND BASSIN OR “SACRED LAKE”:
Located between Curepipe and Plaine
Champagne, it is a natural lake that occupies the
crater of an extinct volcano. Holy place for the
Mauritian of Hindu faith, a constant goal for the
pilgrims that pray and offer presents to the
divinities. It deserves a visit for the beauty of the
place and for those who want to know the Indian
BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL
PARK: Into this sheltered park of about 6500
hectare there what it is left of Mauritius ancient
forests and it offers visitors the opportunity to admire
landscapes, plants and indigenous species of birds. It
is located at Riviere Noir. From the road across Plaine
Champagne towards Chamarel there is easy access to
viewpoint at Alexandra Falls.
CHAMAREL “COLOURED EARTH”:
From the village of Case Noyale one sterts on
a twisted and narrow path for about 10 minutes before
arriving in front of this wonder hillock with the many
colored undulations of the ground from red to blue to
green. Along the way, on your right, you can admire the
stupendous Chamarel Falls that burst with strength out
of thick vegetation.
“NATURE & LEISURE PARK”:
Located near the
Rivieres Noire, this immense garden covers an area of 25
hectares and is inhabited by 2500 birds about 140
different species, a paradise for those keen on
ornithology. Among the different species there is one
of the rarest birds in the world, the “Pink Pigeon”.
Moreover there are tortoises, lemurs, many coloured
peacocks, leopards and Bengal tigers, a pleasant walk
through the fauna and the calm of nature, accompanied by
the noise of the creeks and by the constant twittering
of the birds.
LA VANILLE RESERVE DES
Located at Rivieres des
Anguilles in the wild south of the island, it is a
well organized bio park, where crocodiles coming
from Madagascar are bred. Going up and down trough
its wooded paths you can see iguanas, monkeys, giant
turtles and obviously a lot of crocodiles (notice
boards offer information about good many species of
animals and are very clear and detailed).
Built on the Grand Port bay, it is a characteristic
fisherman village, and it was the theatre of
Franco-British naval battles in1810. These events
are recalled in the Historic Museum in Mahebourg
with documents and illustrations that of that time.
In a wing of the building an ancient, Creole
village, where it is possible to buy products of the
Mauritian handicraft, is reproduced.
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