Holiday in Mauritius – Day 7

Holiday in Mauritius – Day 7


Today on our holiday in Mauritius, day 7, we visited the Botanic Gardens in the morning. We arrived and after paying found a guide to take us around. It was 5,000 rupees (£10) for the 4 of us to have a private tour, and it was well worth it.


To wander around by ourselves wouldn’t have been as interesting, our guide knew his stuff, educated us on the plants, and was funny as well.  Definitely recommend a guide if you visit here, they are all official guides and are found just after you pay at the entrance gate. The giant water lilies were amazing, and the flowers bud one day, open white the next, change to purple on the third day and then die. The botanic gardens also have their own giant tortoises and deer.


In the after noon we drove to Trou d’eau Douce, in the east of Mauritius, and found a local restaurant for a Mauritian lunch of noodles, before driving on to the town of Mahebourg on the south eastern coast. Ot was the old colonial capital of Mauritius. Here we wandered around the market and down to the water front. It’s a lovely town, small and charming. The Waterfront Shopping Centre is the only modern aspect of Mahebourg which remains one of the most authentic and traditional towns in Mauritius.

Pieter Both

From Mahebourg we drove back to Grand Gaube, through the Port Louis traffic, by way of the mountains. We stopped to take photos of Pieter Both, which is the second highest mountain of Mauritius. It is named after Pieter Both, the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. It’s very noticeable because of a massive rock, which just seems to balance on the top of the mountain. The setting sun made for some great photographs.

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