The beaches of Mauritius are considered one of the most beautiful on the planet. After looking at this white sand with a purely turquoise ocean, you will be convinced of it.
The heart of Mauritius is a lively, sun-drenched rainforest, in the thickets of which birds scream and extraordinary bright flowers attract the eye.
Obviously, you need a car to discover the nature of the island. Here, compact cars are particularly popular. The most profitable budget car rental in Mauritius will cost you from $29 to $33 per day. The best cheap cars are Hyundai I10, Nissan Micra, Toyota Vitz, Suzuki Alto, and Citroen C1.
So, let’s have a look at top 7 natural attractions in Mauritius:
Colored sands of Chamarel
Sands of marvelous beauty are the most famous natural landmark of the island. Geologists still cannot unravel the mystery of these strange multi-colored dunes. According to one version, funny sand folds were formed because of the erosion and weathering of volcanic lava. Walking on dunes is forbidden, but you can take pictures as much as you like. The most beautiful pictures are taken during sunrises and sunsets when the sand is especially bright red, green, blue, and purple.
Seven-steppedTamarin waterfalls is one of the most beautiful on the island of Mauritius. Thin streams of water surrounded by greenery breaking into the abyss from a great height. This spectacle is breathtaking. The total height of the spillway cascade from the waterfalls is about 300 m. The best view is from the platform on top of the mountain.
Casela Nature & Leisure Park
A private nature reserve is located in the west of Mauritius under the Rampar mountain and surrounded by sugarcane plantations. On its territory, there are about 140 species of exotic animals and 2500 species of birds. The pride of the park is a large population of pink pigeons. Among other representatives of the fauna,there are lions, leopards, cheetahs, monkeys, lemurs, zebras, gazelles, giant turtles, etc. Jeep safari, fishing in local ponds, hiking, ATV driving are among the active entertainment for tourists.
La Vanille Reserve
In fact, there is nothing “vanilla”. On the contrary, it is an environmental zone where about 2,000 crocodiles live. Monkeys, bats, iguanas, geckos, chameleons, wild boars and about 1000 giant turtles are other inhabitants of the reserve. The insectarium has an extensive collection of butterflies (23,000 species) from different parts of the world. There is a special lawn with giant turtles. You can even touch, ride on them and take pictures with them. Moreover, in the park there is a restaurant serving crocodile meat.
Black River Gorges National Park
It is one of the main natural attractions of the island with the highest point of the island Black River Peak. There are many mountain rivers, waterfalls, and volcanic lakes. The National Park protects areas of the pristine forests of the island and unique flora and fauna, including endemics. Among the plants that can be found there are tambalakoke, Seychelles maba, dodo tree, black ebony, wild guava, etc. The animal world is not less diverse: deer, wild pigs, monkeys, pink pigeons, Mauritian ringed parrot, etc.
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
Nutmeg, clove tree, cinnamon, sugar cane, hibiscus, magnolia – you can stroll for hours on these fragrant thickets. However, the main exhibit of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is a miracle called Amazon Victoria, water lilies with leaves that look like giant round baking sheets. Powerful leaves are floating on the surface of the pond and if you wish, you can even sit on them! However, the weight of a person should not be more than 50 kg. Here also grows the plant-symbol of MauritiusTrochetia Boutoniana.
Labourdonnais Orchards Gardens
An amazing place, reminding the tropical fairy tale. Here, you cannot only admire the exotic plants and flowers, but also immediately enjoy their fruits and freshly squeezed juice. Bike or walking tours can also be organized here. Feel the wonderful smells of all kinds of tropical fruit trees such as banana, lychee, coconut, and pineapple. In addition to fruits, various vegetables are proudly grown there.
Mauritius is waiting for you! Plunge into the romantic atmosphere of the exotic island!