The South & South-East - What to Do?
Of all of Mauritius’ markets, this is probably the least touristic and most traditional, offering great bargains on items including spices, clothes and children’s toys. While here, try some of the traditional food that’s available, including biryanis and kulfi.
Île aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve
Imagine yourself 400 years ago, landing on Mauritius’ shores for the very first time. Forests unfold endlessly in front of you. Pigeons, parrots and fruit bats fly past in great numbers. Giant tortoises and flightless dodos roam up to investigate why you’re here.
Although precious little remains of the island’s original flora and fauna, there is one place you can get to see some of the most endangered species in all their glory: on Île aux Aigrettes.
Here, visitors will find the last remnants of the dry, ebony forest that once grew in abundance across the main island. They will also see some of the work the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has been undertaking to replant and reintroduce endangered vegetation, birds and reptiles, including rare orchids and the famous pink pigeon.
Guided tours are held daily.
La Vanille Reserve Mascareignes, Rivière Des Anguilles
There are few little boys in the world who aren’t fascinated by crocodiles. And at La Vanille, near the southern tip of Mauritius, they – and everyone else in the family – can learn everything they’ve ever wanted to know about these prehistoric-looking creatures. More than 2000 crocodiles reside here, alongside 1000 turtles and an astounding 23,000 species of butterflies and insects.
Open every day from 9:30am to 6pm, entry fees are notably cheaper at weekends for both adults and children.
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