Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
A swift 20-minute drive north from the capital and you’ll be at one of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere. Established in 1770, this fascinating space was initially opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius, but in recent years has become the national botanical garden.
Stretching over 60,000 acres it would take visitors over a week to cover the entire grounds, but with a knowledgeable guide you can be sure to see the garden’s highlights.
From distinctive baobab trees to the incredible giant water lillies covering the lakes, Pamplemousses is also home to dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and 85 different species of palm trees from all over the world.