Like I mentioned in the previous article , I am going to bring you along with me for a short tour of some places of interest in Mauritius. You already know about the beautiful sandy beaches, don’t you? But there are a lot of other great places to discover around this island and if you are ready, let’s go!
For the Nature lovers:
Black River Gorges National Park
You couldn’t be closer to nature while walking through this park. It extends on more than 16,000 acres and provides a haven to many endangered native plants and animals. You can either sit on the wooden benches and enjoy the peaceful sound of the leaves rustling in the wind or go for a long walk through the forest.
Chamarel Coloured Earths
Commonly known as the seven coloured earth, this natural phenomenon is a relatively small area of sand dunes constituting sand of different colours, namely blue, brown, green, purple, red, violet and yellow. Some say that these colours evolved through the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals but I say that they are worth investigating! I would suggest at sunrise because then, the show is simply breathtaking!
The SSR Botanical Gardens
Located in the north of the island, these gardens contain giant Victoria amazonica water lilies. Their gargantuan leaves expand as wide as three metres in diameter. Visitors can also have a look at the amazing Talipot – a plant that flowers only once every 30 to 100 years. The gardens also feature some fine varieties of Mahogany trees and rare Latanier palms from Madagascar.
Situated in the district of Moka, Eureka is an old Creole residence with 109 doors, built in 1830. This is an essential place to visit if you want to know more about the Mauritian way of life in the colonial era. The residence is surrounded by an amazing flora, which any visitor would want to explore. Oh, let’s not forget to mention what I like to call the “natural jacuzzi”. It is basically a small waterfall which ends in a river found in the forest around Eureka. You can simply sit on one of the huge rocks in the river and let the waterfall “gently” massage your back.
Fond of History?
– The different museums in Mauritius will take you back to the 16th Century onwards. The National History Museum, La Nef Museum (The Robert Edward Hart Museum), The Naval Museum, The Frederik Hendrik Museum, The Blue Penny Museum…they all share bits and pieces of this island, so small yet so rich in terms of events and stories.
– The Aapravasi Ghat- Aapravasi Ghat means “immigration depot” in Hindi and it pays tribute to the thousands of indentured labourers who arrived in Mauritius from India, right after the abolition of slavery in 1835. They eventually settled on the island. The Aapravasi Ghat became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.
Fun things to do in Mauritius
– Adventure Park (A unique outdoor activity for the most adventurous ones…roaming from tree to tree and from path to path, attached to a safety equipment, overhead courses and strolling along footbridges through treetops, just to name a few!)
– Kite Surfing
– River trekking
– Mountain biking
And…and…and many more extreme adventures and activities to experience!