• Mauritius


Nature's Best

Botanical gardens combined with exotic wildlife

Be at one with nature in Mauritius, famed for its picturesque plantations and beautiful blooms. Hike mountains, see endangered species and marvel at waterfalls.

Due to its isolation, the island of Mauritius has a number of endemic species of wildlife that occur nowhere else in the world. Some species are threatened by extinction, while some have already become extinct, most famously the dodo bird. Deer and macaque monkeys are the largest mammals you will encounter outside of whale watching. Whales, dolphins and sea turtles are seen in the warm waters surrounding Mauritius and numerous exotic and rare species of bird such as the echo parakeet, the Mauritius kestrel and the pink pigeon.

Other Mauritian wildlife highlights include:

Domaine L'etoile

Sculpted into the verdant green forests at the base of Bamboo Mountain, the sugar estate turned eco-tourism playground of Domaine L’etoile offers quad biking trips, horseback riding and archery buggy rides. There are five treks including a botanical one, where you can go mountain biking and hiking among the picturesque plantation. Look out for deer, wild boar and monkeys as you explore the natural vegetation, waterfalls and mountains.

Ile Aux Aigrettes

Ile aux Aigrettes is a tiny coral island and a natural conservation site for rare and endangered species. See some of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, as well as the rare pink pigeon, the green gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.

Botanical Gardens

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, a large natural garden, is known throughout the world for its collection of indigenous and exotic plants. See 500 species of plants including giant water lilies, palmier bouteille, talipot palms and a spectacular spice garden.

A must-see attraction on a visit to Mauritius are the coloured earths of Chamarel. These magnificent sand dunes are composed of contrasting shades of colours ranging from blue to green, red and yellow. Formed as volcanic rock cooled at different temperatures, the result is an enigmatic, undulating landscape of differently coloured sands settling in layered stripes of colour.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

"When staying at either Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness Resort or Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort, be sure to head to Frederica Nature Reserve. Hosted in the Domaine De Bel Ombre, experience a jeep safari through the rolling hills to spot the local wildlife and natures lush greenery."