The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is one of the most visited spots in Mauritius. It has existed since 1736 back when the island was under French rule, but only sheltered citrus fruits and a vegetable garden to supply boats on their way to India. It was Pierre Poivre, Intendant of Isle de France (now Mauritius) who, in 1767, created the botanical garden by acclimatising plants from all over the world. It is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere.
Renamed Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in memory of the Father of the Nation, it covers 37.5 hectares and is home to more than 600 endemic plant species from all over the world, as well as animals such as java deer, hinds and tortoises.
The garden contains an incredible collection of over 80 palm tree species, rare and precious essences such as mahogany and teak and fruit trees such as mango trees and lychee trees. A feast for all your senses: spices and aromatic plants including cinnamon, camphor, vanilla, eucalyptus … so many fragrances that will guide you through your stroll along this small paradise!
Among the must see are the giant water lilies Victoria Amazonica – which present spectacular opportunities for photo enthusiasts in Mauritius. This amazing plant has leaves that can grow to more than 2 metres in diameter. They bloom to reveal white flowers that turn pink after 24 hours.
Do not hesitate to call on a guide so as not to miss the rare pearls of the garden.