Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is the official name of the Botanical Gardens Mauritius, although they are commonly known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. A popular tourist attraction, located 10Km north East of Port Louis, it is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, it covers an area of around 37 hectares.
It is famed for its long pond of giant Amazon water lilies. In addition to the giant water lilies, the garden also features spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. Includes the Talipot Palm trees, the highest palm trees with a total height of up to 24 metres, they will bloom only once, after 30 to 40 years of just growing. Palms constitute the most important part of the horticultural display, and they come in an astonishing variety of shapes and forms. Near to the mountain, you can see 2 rows of plants, which are planted by famous political leaders when they visit the Botanical Garden Mauritius. The gardens are populated with more than 650 varieties of plants among which are the famous Baobabs, dozens of medicinal plants and a large spice garden.
Inside the Botanical Gardens Mauritius, you can find the burial monument of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, who helped Mauritius to gain independence from the British. Labelling of the plants is a work in progress and they don’t have maps. The gardens are open every day from 08:30 – 17:00. The gardens were originally opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, later to become the National Botanical Gardens Mauritius. There are some conservation projects being carried out, including the creation of a native woodland.
Local guides are available if you would like a guided tour of the gardens. This is highly recommended the guides are official recognised by the gardens and are extremely knowledgeable. You will be amazed how much you can learn (I know I did) You can find them inside the gardens. They are very reasonable, around £2 per person when in a small group.
- Price per adult: 8 Euro
- Children under the age of 5: Free of charge
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