The African island Mauritius is home to endless natural highlights, from gorgeous national parks to cascading waterfalls, amazing wildlife, mountain peaks and natural phenomenon that cause your jaw to drop. Lovers of nature and exotic cultures might lose their hearts out here in Mauritius -as it is so easy to fall in love with this beautiful island! From your private luxury villa, explore the island and make sure to check out these 5 natural highlights:
1. The 7-coloured earth of Chamarel
One of the most famous sightseeing point in Mauritius and one that is just too beautiful to be missed is the 7-coloured earth of Chamarel. Nature works in mysterious ways, and at Chamarel it expresses itself in a gorgeous lunar-like landscape, surrounded by lush green dense forests. The scenery reminds of fairytales and different worlds where dreams are made. The 7-coloured earth is a natural phenomenon created by the conversion of basaltic lava into clay. Colours shift from red and brown to violet, blue, purple, green and yellow, depending on the weather and the time of the day. The best time to go is at sunrise. Be prepared to get stunned! Find some great private pool villas near to Chamarel here.
2. The Black River Gorge National Park
The Black River Gorge National Park is Mauritius largest protected forest where you can enjoy wonderful nature walks, passing peaceful streaming rivers and ancient trees in dense forests and deep valleys. On the way, you can stop for drinks and snacks at one of the picnic areas. You can also hike up to the Black River Peak, located 838 meters above sea level. It is a popular trek with stunning views at the top to reward you for your hard work. Outdoor adventurists and enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out on this one!
3. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
More goodness for nature lovers! The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (SSR Botanic Garden), covering 37 hectares of sprawling gardens, is a stunning place resembling a tropical paradise. It is also the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, founded by Pierre Poivre in 1770. You can stroll around the peaceful ponds with giant water lilies, admire a collection of 85 types of palm trees, spot tortoises and deer and have a look at the spice garden with camphor, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove trees. Also, visit the grand colonial mansion Le Château Mon Plaisir, built in 1823 by the British. This ‘pleasure palace’ was later used as a quarantine during the cholera epidemic.
4. Tamarin Bay
Tamarin Bay is not only a gorgeous beach with excellent surfing waves, but in the morning, you can spot dolphins out at sea. G on a dolphin watching trip with a local fisherman for an unforgettable experience. It is amazing to see these beautiful creatures of the sea swim together around the boat and jumping up in the air in the distance. Afterwards, sip a coconut, soak up in the sun and swim in the azure blue sea at Tamarin Bay. A lovely day, indeed!
5. Casela National Park
What is a trip to any destination in Africa without a safari adventure to spot wildlife? Not to worry! In Casela National Park, a safari trip awaits and you can even walk with lions and cheetahs. The park spreads out across 250 hectares of tropical land where you can spot rhinos, tigers, hyenas, zebras, monkeys and more wildlife. You can also visit the on-site adventure park where you can go ziplining and canyoning – great fun for young and old!
Written by Stephanie of Villa-Finder.com