Domaine les Aubineaux/ Grand Bassin/ Bois Cherry
(Tea Factory + Museum + Tea Tasting / Restaurant St Aubin )
Domaine des Aubineaux, one of the few remaining original colonial houses built in 1872
-See the processing of leaves at a traditional tea factory.
-Travel through some of the island’s most beautiful countryside, visiting vanilla and anthurium plantations en route.
-Lunch at Saint Aubin, a fine 19th century plantation house lovingly restored to its former glory.
-Opportunity to buy unique Mauritian teas and rum
The Hindu legends tell that the Lord Shiva, with holy Ganges water balanced on his head, and with his wife Parvati were around the earth, when the Lord saw a deserted, beautiful island and decided to land, he spilled some drops of the sacred Ganges onto the island and created a small lake.
A guide will explain the tea manufacturing processes, from the culture of the tea plants to you cup of your tea. He will also brief you on the history of tea manufacturing in Mauritius. Then you will be invited in a lovely house in the middle of the floral garden overlooking the tea plantations. There you will taste different flavours of teas freshly processed from the factory downwards, assorted with bakeries. The tea are available at will. Please feel free to ask for more. Don’t forget to buy some tea at the factory shop because you won’t find such a wide choice elsewhere in Mauritius.
Ile aux Aigrettes – Naval Museum – Mahebourg Center – Market – Crocodile Park
Ile aux Aigrettes is a small island with an area of 26 Ha. It is situated some 850 m off the south east coast in the Mahebourg Bay. Unlike mainland Mauritius which is of volcanic origin, Ile aux Aigrettes is made up of coralline limestone partially overlain with sand and soil deposits and is what remains of an eroded dune exposed after a drop in the sea level some 30,000 years ago.
At Pointe des Regattes is a monument to the French and English who died in the 1810 Battle of Grand Port. The battle lasted several days and was a great attempt by the British to conquer the island. It ended in defeat for the British and both sides suffered heavy casualties. The French victory is inscribed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris . The fascinating aspects of this battle can be seen in the Historical and Naval Museum of Mahebourg, a dilapidated colonial residence built in around 1771 that belonged to the Commandant of the District of Grand Port, Jean de Robillard
hopping time in the typical market called “Bazarre” on the island and in the modern commercial centre, where you can choose from the variety of local craft products at the craft market to duty free shops.
La Vanille Crocodile Park is situated in the south of Mauritius. It was opened in 1985 and occupies the valley of a former vanilla growing area. The site is the equivalent of a tropical rain forest with exotic palms, freshwater streams and local flora and fauna. 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.
South Tour includes also the following regions:
Curepipe, Floreal, Square, Trou aux Cerfs, Grand Bassin, Black River Gorges and Chamarel.
During your South trip you will be taken to the Floreal ship factory shop near the town of Curepipe.
A visit at Le Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct crater right in the middle of Mauritius Island is a must, for its amazing views on neighbouring towns and vaste agricultural fields.
Following the trip to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin (Ganga Taloa), you will come across the biggest natural reservoir of the island, Mare Aux Vacoas.
Not far from Grand Bassin is the Black River Gorges National Park view point.
You will then be charmed by the Chamarel waterfall and the unique Seven Coloured Earth Chamarel. Back to your hotel from the west coast where on the way you can discover the Tamarin Salt marsh.