Mauritius is a beautiful island and while looking over the amazing trips on offer, the Botanical Gardens is a must for any lover of flora and fauna, like me.
The National garden, formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden, is situated in Pamplemousses, near Port Louis. It covers almost 40 hectares in size, and has a large variety of plants & flowers, including 85 different palm trees and more than 650 varieties of plants. A huge attraction for me was to see the Giant Water Lilies and large tortoise they have on site.
On entering the front gates you are immediately amazed with the size of the trees, lining the path as far as the eye can see. You can opt to have a tour guide or you can wondering around at your own pace and admire the beautiful surroundings.
The Giant Water Lilies, Victoria Amazonica, are amazing and full of specks of colour, they are situated in a large long pond, and can grown up to 3 metres in size. I was fascinated with the sheer size and shape of these amazing lilies.
At every twist and turn there is plenty to see with mini bridges, large areas of interesting species plants and trees as well as wild life and historical buildings. Not only is the Botanical Gardens one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius bit it is also the oldest Botanic Garden of the southern hemisphere. I throughly enjoyed the visit and would definitely recommend the gardens, for more information, please see their website here.