Set in a tropical rain forest, with exotic palm trees, fresh springs and local fauna and flora. Securely locked in enclosures, crocodiles are grouped according to age and specie from Africa and the neighbouring islands. The first crocodiles: one male and four females, were imported from Madagascar and their offspring placed in heated indoor nurseries for one year before they were released into ponds. La Vanille Crocodile Park also showcases a wide variety of lizards, snakes, tortoise, monkey, deer, rabbits, bats and wild pig, with descriptive notes on the fences. Different insects and colourful butterflies are displayed in a special room. A guided path in an open enclosure brings you closer to the giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Grand Bassin – Ganga Talao
Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin is a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet above sea level. It is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others along the Grand Bassin. During Shivaratri, many pilgrims in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake.
Domaine La Grave
Found in the south east of Mauritius, more precisely in the middle of the Midlands Dam and the Eau Bleue reservoir in the small village of Bananes, Domaine Lagrave is a 500 hectares haven comprising of vast spaces of almost virgin forests, the Lagrave mountain, flowing rivers, waterfalls and springs which easily get you out of the buildings and cities and take you back in time to the pristine Mauritius. Freely roaming around the park are deer, boars, monkeys, chirping birds flying overhead or eating in the trees much to the delight of nature lovers. The park has been conserved so as to give off the natural element to make it an ecotourism success as well as a relaxing and unforgettable one. All activities are thus centered on the green notion of preservation such that all vehicles are banned inside the park and rifle shooting is strictly prohibited. Activities include nature walks around the park or up to the Lagrave mountain at 638m altitude where panoramic views of the surroundings (south east of Mauritius, rivers, midlands dam) can be seen, bamboo raft construction, kayaking, fishing, camping, African archery, hikes, abseiling and visits of the lake.
Ile Aux Aigrettes
After a short crossing on the magnificent bay of Mahébourg, where a lingering air of mystery, a palette of bright colors and the jagged outlines of a breathtaking landscape blend into a magical setting, discover Ile aux Aigrettes, a Nature Reserve anchored at about 800 meters off the south east coast of Mauritius. The sparkling waters of its beautiful lagoon, the ruins of an old French limekiln and the dense green canopy of the island’s forest welcome you to this charming domain where the mistress of the place is none but mother nature
National History & Naval Relics Musuem
The National History Museum is situated at Mahebourg, in a fine park extending to about 12 acres, on the bank of River La Chaux. It is housed in Chateau Gheude an old French colonial country house built around 1772 and presently listed as a national heritage. The National History Museum finds its origin in the Naval Relics Museum and the Museum of Historical Souvenirs. The Naval Relics Museum was set up by the Mauritius Railways in 1934. The museum exhibited the objects (canons, mortars, part of hulk, bottles) retrieved from the shipwreck La Magicienne in 1933 and 1934 by H.C.M. Austen, engineer at the Mauritius Railways.