Gardens in Mauritius

Overview of Gardens in Mauritius

Being a tropical island, Mauritius is never short of any green spaces. It is filled with lush forests, parks and gardens that are easily accessible to the public. We have a great selection of Mauritian Gardens to visit, some having great historical significance and others housing some of the rarest endemic plants. These gardens of Mauritius are the perfect place for any nature-lovers or those who want a break from the island beach life.

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, also known as the National Botanical Garden of Mauritius is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. Located in the north of the island, in the Pamplemousses region, the Botanical Garden is believed to be one of the oldest gardens in the Southern Hemisphere.

The garden is believed to have been founded by the famous French governor of Mauritius, Mahé de Labourdonnais in the early 1735, where it was initially a vegetable garden. In 1770, Pierre Poivre purchased the estate and devoted much of his time curating and gathering numerous plants.

The garden stretches over endless acres of land and has over 650 varieties of plants, among which are the Baobabs, Palmier Bouteille, Giant water lilies, dozens of medicinal plants and herbs. The garden also houses 85 different varieties of palm trees, brought from all over the world. There are also some animals present in the garden, including numerous birds, tortoises, deer, fish, turtles and bats. You can choose to leisurely stroll the garden at your own pace or opt for an informative guided tour where you can learn about all these plant species as well as several landmarks in the garden.

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  • Entrance: 8 Euros
  • Operating time: 08h30 – 17h30

Curepipe Botanical Gardens

The second largest botanical garden in Mauritius is the Curepipe Botanic Gardens, found in the town of Curepipe. During the 1980s, the garden had a similar name to the Pamplemousses SSR Botainical Garden in the north of Mauritius, being named Sir Seewoosagur Botanical Garden, after the same political leader.

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The descendants of the first French colonists established the garden in 1870, in order to cultivate a variety of plants in a cooler climate.

The garden is much smaller than the National Botanical Garden, spreading over 27 acres, but still boasts a rich variety of rare endemic plants. A major highlight of the garden is the world’s rarest palm tree, the Hyophorbe amaricaulis, where a single tree only survives in the garden, protected by a fence. There is also a small river and lake in the garden, bordered by palms, making a great place for some downtime.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Operating time: 06h00 – 18h00

Jardins de la Compagnie

Situated in the bustling city of Port Louis, the ‘Jardin de la Compagnie’ (or the Company Garden) is a green haven amongst all the buildings. This garden may be one of the more famous gardens on the island and is visited often by the locals.

It has quite a historical significance, dating back to the 1700s where it was a garden turned cemetery turned garden again.

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There are several monuments of prominent Mauritian figures, which can be found in the garden, such as Brown Sequard- a physiologist & neurologist, Adrien d’Epinay- a lawyer and politician in the early 1800s and ‘Ti Frere’- a famous Mauritian singer. Aside from its history, the park is a common hotspot during lunchtime, where one can find vendors selling street food. The garden has a number of Banyan trees, towering over benches, statues and fountains. It is not recommended to visit the garden at night, as it is a gathering spot for illegal activities.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Operating time: 06h00-18h00

Vallée d’Osterlog

The Vallée d’Osterlog (Osterlog Valley) is a botanical garden in the southeast of the island, between the Lagrave Mountain and Lacelle Mountain. It houses a number of endemic species and a rehabilitated indigenous forest.

The garden was opened in 2014 with the aim of conserving the rare and native Mauritian species, as well to increase the knowledge of understanding of the islands biodiversity.

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The Vallée d’Osterlog does appear to be more of a forest but holds the status of a botanical garden. It spans over 275 hectares with pristine green forests, streams, serene waterfalls and amazing viewpoints. There is also a hiking trail in the park, which allows you to discover a number of critically endangered plants. Some rare endemic animals can also be found such as the Mauritian Black Bulbul and Grey Tomb Bat.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Operating time: Open 24 hours

Monvert Nature Park

A few kilometers off Curepipe is the Monvert Nature Park. It was once a dense native forest but during the 1900s, it was used extensively for logging. While the deforested area was replanted with pine and eucalyptus, a small area still harbors indigenous plants.

Between 2001- 2006, the area was established as a conservation area in order to preserve the biodiversity and critically endangered species of the area.

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Monvert has a visitor’s center, which allows visitors to get an overview of the area, by providing information on the Mauritian flora. A fernery is also set up, where one can see up to 250 species of fern and 86 species of orchids. Visitors may visit the arboretum as well, which contains over 150 rare and critically endangered endemic plants. For the more adventurous, a hiking is trail runs from the entrance to a viewpoint where the forest canopy and surrounding areas can be seen.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Operating time: Open 24 hours

Telfair Garden

Located in the seaside village of Souillac, on the southern coast of Mauritius, is the Telfair Garden. More like a community park, than a garden, it was named after amateur botanist Charles Telfair, who arrived in Mauritius during the 1810s.

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There is not much to the garden besides green lawns, banyan trees and Indian almond trees. It is a popular picnicking spot among the locals with several benches scattered around. The garden overlooks a sea, which is not suitable for swimming due to the rough waves.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Operating time: Open 24 hours

Balfour Garden

After months of renovation and a hefty investment, the Balfour Garden are once again open to the public. Situated in the Beau Bassin – Rose Hill region, the garden is a favorite amongst families due to its calm ambience.

Aside from the numerous colorful indigenous birds in the area, the Balfour Garden has ponds of tropical fish and a few centurion Aldabra tortoises. Children will not only love interacting with the tortoises, but will also have fun with the new playground and games. There is also a Peace Corner where a Zen environment has been replicated with flowers, a water fountain and relaxing music.

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The garden offers superb views of the waterfall and its gorges as well as the Moka Mountain Range. A stroll to the nearby Mount Tabor may also prove to be worthwhile, where one can come across a historic white villa.

  • Entrance: Free
  • Operating time: 07h00 – 18h00
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