Famed for a periphery of dazzling white sand caressed by cobalt water and backed by an interior of dramatic cliff faces, plunging waterfalls and dense, emerald forests, it’s no wonder Mauritius is regarded as heaven on earth.
Asides meandering along the soft white sand and enjoying cocktails under the shade of a palm tree, for anyone lucky enough to be heading to this beautiful, sun-drenched island, they’ll be spoilt for choice on which exciting excursions to experience.
To give you a helping hand, take a look at the following five top excursions on the beautiful island of Mauritius.
National History Museum
For those seeking some historical enlightenment about the island, head to the National History Museum. This fascinating museum is home to early maps of Mauritius, enthralling paintings of the island and its original wildlife and many ancient artefacts that provide insight into the cultures and inhabitants that have made Mauritius their home over the centuries.
One of the museum’s key features is its retrofitted train carriage, which is a replica of the boat Napoleon used in battle.
The museum is housed in a colonial mansion that belonged to the Robillard family, which helped map Mauritius’s unique history and identity.
Vallée de Ferney
Mauritius is awash with spots of breath-taking natural beauty and none more so than the Vallée de Ferney. This stunning wildlife reserve is located in the southwest of the island. The reserve comprises of a 400-year-old protected forest, which is the habitat of the Mauritius kestrel, one of the most endangered raptors in the world.
Participate in a walking guide along the trail which runs through the Vallée de Ferney for a hands-on experience of this area of immense natural beauty and the incredible wildlife that live here.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Mauritius’ past is its affluent colonial history. Providing poignant insight into its colonial past is the perfectly preserved Creole mansion known as Eureka.
This uniquely-designed mansion was built in the 1830s. With 109 doors and an interior designed to be kept cool during the intense heat of the summer, Eureka is considered a masterpiece of tropical construction.
Today Eureka houses a museum and an authentic time machine, informing visitors of the island’s prosperous plantation history.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Another ‘must-see’ tourist attraction on Mauritius is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden located in Pamplemousses, in the northwest of the island. Built in 1770 by the 18th century French botanist Pierre Poivre, this mesmerizingly beautiful garden is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
This 37-hectare garden is famed for its extended pond skimmed with giant water lilies. Asides its vast lilies, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden features 85 different species of palms from around the world, sugar canes, ebonies and fragrant spices.
Blue Penny Museum
The Blue Penny Museum is devoted to the exploration, settlement and colonial period of the island. A key feature of the museum’s collections is two of the world’s rarest stamps – the blue two-pence and red one-penny Post Office stamps, which were issued in 1847. So esteemed are these rare stamps that they are lit up for just ten minutes at a time, at 25 minutes past every hour during the day.
Asides these incredible rare stamps, the museum houses antique maps, photographs of the island and many artefacts and engravings from different periods throughout its history.
The Blue Penny Museum can be found in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, which is known for its distinct French colonial architecture.
Whether you crave for land or water-based activities on Mauritius, yearn to become acquainted with the island’s unique culture, history, flora and fauna, or simply want to relax and unwind on a paradisiacal beach, there’s something to do for all tastes and aspirations on the beguiling island of Mauritius.
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