South of Mauritius

The south reveals a different landscape from the rest of the island with its high cliffs battered by waves.

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Mahebourg
Built on the magnificent Grand Port Bay it was founded in 1804 by the French Governor Charles Decaën, you can still find there old colonial buildings and amenities. Mahébourg is also one of the main fishing villages on the island. The recently completed Waterfront is an excellent place to visit with various shops, restaurants and entertainments. The National History Museum is a worthwhile stop this is where British and French Captains were given first aid care during the Vieux Grand port battle in 1810.  You can also visit the Dutch Ruins, the oldest settlements in Mauritius. The Frederic Hendrik Museum houses many objects found during excavation during the dutch period. Mahebourg Naval Museum houses many interesting nautical memorabilia.


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Domaine du Chasseur
Domaine du Chasseur is 20 minutes away from the SSR International Airport, located at Anse Jonchee, on the south-east coast of the island, at the heart of the Grand Bois Forest. Domaine des Grand Bois has splendid hunting grounds covering an area of 900 hectares and altitude of 300 to 500 meters. Stags, monkeys and boars live along the luxuriant vegetation of the hillside. Visitors can watch various species of endangered birds, including the kestrel. The Domaine contains four thatched-roof bungalows and a restaurant with a panoramic sea view.


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Domaine L'Ylang Ylang

Located also at Anse Jonchée, the Domaine L'Ylang Ylang is the neighbour of the Domaine du Chasseur. The Domaine L'Ylang Ylang has a unique plantation of some 15,000 ylang ylang trees. The island produces ylang ylang from which the yellow flowers are extracted and distilled in this unique distillation plant for the production perfumes. The Domaine produces pure essential oils, various types of perfumes including ylang ylang , perfumed gifts and accessories. The domain also has a panoramic view over the Bay of Vieux Grand Port and the neighbouring inlets.


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Ile aux Aigrettes

Owing to the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund (MWF) since 1985, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel can be seen here. You can also discover the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko and the Aldabra giant tortoise. The Telfair Skink, a unique Mauritian lizard, on Ile aux Aigrette has recently been introduced by MWF.

All revenues are reinvested in the conservation work to protect the fauna and flora.


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Souillac

Souillac is a small seaside resort along the rocky coast in the Savanne district. What makes Souillac interesting is its landscape, it is not a bathing spot. The prominent high cliffs are a back-drop to the rough sea below, it’s an area where the sea-breeze is strong.


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Gris-Gris

The southern end of the village is the popular view-point of Gris-Gris. A natural cavity found on the cliffs, La roche qui pleure ‘the crying rock’ provides a wonderful scenery as waves splash into it. You may enjoy a rest at the Telfair Garden overlooking the sea.

At Le Souffleur a geyser of 30 meters high offers  a spectacular jet at high tides and rough seas.



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La vanilla Crocodile Park

Near Rivière des Anguilles, in the wild South, is this farm breeding Nile crocodiles imported from Madagascar. This site offers a vast park offering nature walkways through the forest filled with freshwater springs. An insectarium holds 20,000 species of insects and butterflies from around the world.


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Rochester Falls

Rochester Falls is well worth a visit. The road leading to the falls crosses a sugar estate. Spectacular joints have been formed by the contraction of the lava due to sudden cooling.


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