Mauritius Tours & Holidays, Vacation Guide
Mauritius is an Island which is known to have a lot of magical things to see. The tours of Mauritius are divided according to the different regions in the country that is the north, south, south west and south east and all these have a lot of tourist attractions that will captivate your mind and you will be able to enjoy your tour.
This Indian Ocean Island is one place that you will like to take a tour to because of the gorgeous beaches, lagoons and peaceful nature found in the country. There are several tour companies with well-trained tour guides who will take you through the tour all around the Island telling you the different historical stories surrounding the places that you visit.
During the Mauritius tours, you get to see the different tourist attractions in one day for as long as they are all located in the same region where you want to tour that specific day. You also get a chance to get souvenirs to take back home after your trip to Mauritius.
The Mauritius North Tour
There are many things that you can see when you decide to take a tour in the Northern part of the Mauritius and some of these include a visit to the Caudan waterfront, the Natural history museum, port Louis, the National Botanical gardens and many other places. All these have been explained below:
Port Lious is the capital city of Mauritius and is the largest city around the country. You will be able to see all the old colonial buildings which were constructed by the French men who colonized the country, the bursting life on the island, the Barracks which was constructed in the 18th century, the worship houses like the cathedrals both the Catholic and Anglican, mosques, the Supreme Court and the famous China town. The market has a lot of products like spices, textiles, fruits and souvenirs all in Mauritius which you should not miss during your visit to Mauritius.
The National Botanical gardens
The botanical gardens is where the North Mauritius Tour begins from and it is one of the most visited places in Mauritius. The gardens were first opened 300years back by the French governor and they have over 650 different plant species and some of these are 85 varieties of palms, Baobabs, giant water lilies, different types of medicinal plants, palmer bouteille and a big garden filled with Mauritius spices. You can pick some spices from the garden but only after asking for permission from caretakers.
The sugarcane estate and museum
The sugarcane plantation runs over 5000 square meters and has the history of all the sugarcane plantations in the area and a guide will tell the different years of the sugar, the history since it was started and the production, the history of monitory exchanges between Mauritius and the rest of the world, the sugar routes and other things pertaining sugar production.
The tour in the North of Mauritius runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm and you will be able to also get a taste of the locally made Mauritius rum.
The Mauritius south west Tour
The south west Mauritius Tour starts from Floreal where you will find different workshops like the diamond cutting business, hand crafts workshop, the model boats business and the wool factory. In Floreal you will see the different cloth fabrics that are made in Mauritius and the all the indigenous things that are made in the country.
You will also be able to purchase different souvenirs from paintings, watches, the soft garment fabrics and art crafts ranging from necklaces to sandals and you will be able to relax at the beautiful terraces in the area.
The Trou aux Cerfs
This is the next stop after Flreal and this is an extinct volcano in Mauritius. You will be able to hike up this volcanic mountains and view the Crater which is 200meters wide and 85 meters deep. When you get to the top of the mountain you will be able to get a clear view of the Cure pipe town and the Reunion Island.
The town of Cirepipe and Meare aux Vacoas
After visiting the Trou aux Cerfs, you will head to the Cirepipe town and Meare aux Vacoas which is the largest Nature water reservoir in the area. You will be able to see the Holy Lake used by the Hindu faith which is believed that the water in the lake communicates directly with the water of the Ganges in India and you will also see the Grand Bassin in Mauritius. The Hindu community on the day of Lord Shiva make a pilgrimage every year to the Siva Great Night.
The landscape found in the south west part of Mauritius is so unique and you would not want to miss it during your visit to the country. You will get to view the chamarel falls and the colored Earth of chamarel with the lush vegetation surrounding it. The trip to the south west will end with the Casela Bird Park which is found on an area of about 25 hectares. The park is a home to many mammals like monkeys, tigers and has a population of recorded birds reaching 150 birds in total.
In this Mauritius tours & holidays park, you will be able to see the lush green orchids surrounding the streams and the rarest bird the pink pigeon in this. The trip ends in Black River Gorges Park which is a great point in viewing the Alexandra falls and you will be able to see most of the Mauritius endangered plant and animal species area and the tour will start at 8:30am and end at 6:00pm in the evening.
The Mauritius south East Tour
The first place you will visit when you go to the south east part of Mauritius is the Vieux Grand port which is known as the best port city for trading. The port is located in Mahebourg and you will be able to see the place where the French and British fought in 1810 during the Grand port naval battle.
After visiting the port, you will be able to visit the unique biscuit factory which is known as the Biscuiterie H Rault and these specialize in producing cassava biscuits locally known as the Manioc. The factory is family owned and these have produced different flavored cassava biscuits in Mauritius. A visit to the place will get you a chance to see the recipe that is used in making the biscuits.
You will then be able to visiting the Eureka house and the Historical Naval museum. The Eureka house was constructed in 1830 and has 109 doors with very unique and questions, architecture, furniture and old paintings dating back to the colonial rule. It is located by the Moka River and has lush green gardens surrounding it and waterfalls adding to the beautiful scenery. The Naval museum shows you the different things on the streets that still show you the effect of the French and Dutch colonial rule.
The tour will end with a visit to the Blue Bay beach where you will be able to relax and do some snorkeling. The tour normally starts at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm in the evening.
The South Mauritius Tour
The southern tour is lucrative just like the already mentioned tours in Mauritius and the frost place to visit will be the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park. The experience you will get with the enormous crocodiles in the area as well as giant turtles in the area. Although there are other animals in the park like donkeys, goats, geckos, fat tailed sheep, feeding the turtles is the highlight of the day. You will also view a rare collection of butterflies and over 23000 insect species.
The next stop will be at Bois Cheri which consists of the latest tea production area in Mauritius. The Bois Cheri produces different flavors of tea and it has been in operation since 1892. Visitors get to taste the team during their visit to the area. You will also visit the Holy Lake of grand Bassin where the Hindu faith people make a pilgrimage to the water that is believed to be communicating directly with the Gangez holy water in India and you will also get a glimpse of the statue of lord Shiva. The statue is about 108 feet high and it is an impressive one to see since it is one of the top 50 highest statues in the world and the highest in Mauritius.
The next stop is the Gris-Gris which are locate on the tip of Mauritius in the south. The gris-Gris of Souillac received its name after the moody and gloomy nature of the surrounding atmosphere. When you visit the Gris-Gris you will see the waves crashing against the cliffs and it is the only place in Mauritius where the barrier reefs in Mauritius have an opening. The trip starts at 8:30 and ends at 5:30pm.