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Casela

Let’s go on a family trip Casela, one of the star attractions of the island, only ten minutes away from the Villas, is a unique adventure and safari park in the Indian Ocean. Located at the mouth of Rempart River, the park covers over 250 hectares of grasslands and forests. One needs to spend a full day there to engage in as many activities as possible. Casela welcomes visitors as from 9 a.m. Once you have passed through the Jurassic Park-inspired entrance, you face its pioneering activity, the exotic birds park. You will be greeted by a cacophony of squeaks, chirrups, and tweets, revealing the multitude of species present. Next, you will visit the monkeys, including lemurs from Madagascar, and local macaques next to the tortoises. The mini farm where there are fawns, grey parrots, a llama, rabbits and other poultry is irresistible to children, who are allowed to bottle feed the animals. It is now time to admire the pygmy hippopotamus taking their bath, before climbing onto a fence to feed the giraffes. It is already time for the safari! Hop aboard open buses to enjoy watching antelopes and zebras in a reproduction of their natural environment. It is also the occasion to feed the permanently hungry ostriches which sometimes try to steal bread from your hand. Pause to take in the majesty of the lions, with whom it is possible to take a stroll that is highly guarded but nevertheless very impressive. Several lion cubs were born in Casela and frolic next to their mother casually basking in the sun. The white tiger and the cheetahs are also fairly popular. In addition to interacting with the animals, Casela offers a wide range of exciting activities: quad and mud quad, zip line, canyoning, 3D cinema, segway, canyon swing, jeep safari and more recently, karting, 3 minutes from the Park. You may also have lunch and refreshments at any time of the day during this exceptional visit.

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The mender on the wharf

The mender on the wharf Sitting facing the sea, he does not for a single moment take his eyes off his work. Several metres of blue nets pass through his skilled fingers. He replicates the movements women have been making for thousands of years, except that he applies it to a man’s job. He fixes the holes torn by corals; those gaps are sometimes large enough that they allow “mullets” to escape in a silver flash. Seine fishing season is open a short period of time and is heavily monitored. Even though he understands that this fishing practice is intrusive and disastrous for the lagoon, it is still the least tiring traditional fishing method when compared to spending several hours out at sea. Therefore, together with other fishermen sitting under the filaos trees that line the wharf from which men leave full of hope, he tweaks old metal scraps which will serve as ballast, he mends the nets which will be spread between fragile rods. Later, at high-tide, several of them go into the water and agitate the water surface by hitting it with their fishing rods as the seine is thrown overboard. Slowly, the net is closed, effectively trapping the wriggling mullets. The wharf will be crowded this evening.

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Delve into the colonial past

Delve into the colonial past A visit to this small fort, situated on La Preneuse beach and dating from the times of the British colonial empire, is worth the detour. Built in 1834 by the British, the Tower has been repurposed into a museum where guided visits occur every half-hour. A tour guide welcomes you in the circular building, made of rough stone and limestone, where a small garrison was stationed for coastal defence. There, one can admire the splendid model of the eponymous La Preneuse frigate, the soldiers’ uniforms sewn by the Tussaud museum, the weaponry- muskets and cannonballs-, the powder magazine, the dormitory, and kitchen, as well as numerous utensils from the times. The Tower’s history has been well researched and loyally reproduced. Admire the view by climbing to the top of the Tower, where there used to be two cannons, and end your visit on the beach where you can still find one of the last cannons. Exploring the rich history of the island, through an instructive visit, five minutes’ walk from Marguery Exclusive Villas.

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Tamarin: a village, an artist

Tamarin: a village, an artist Fertile breeding ground of talented individuals, Tamarin is home to many artists: plastic artists, creators, photographers, musicians, painters…. The unique surroundings of the area, located between the alluring ocean and the mountains, Saltpans and forests, beaches and sugar-cane fields, dry grasslands, and river, procures a very delicate feeling of sensibility to artists. Each month, we meet an artist and discover his/her vision of Tamarin. Elie Bernager is a world-renowned photographer who has been living in Tamarin for more than fifteen years now. His artistic photos and highly original portraits of newly-wed couples, within very “local” settings that are a far cry from traditional clichés, demonstrate not only his ability to capture the quintessence of Mauritius but also highlight his love for the island he now calls home. Elie has recently participated in a solidarity project, “Très Métis Tamarin”, aimed at building community links within Tamarin village. The objective is to celebrate the social and cultural diversity of the residents. His close cropped and candid black and white portraits of the villagers, who were very pleased to pose, reveal their innermost generous nature. Fishermen, children, shopkeepers, mothers and youngsters…: if the eyes are the gateway to the soul, those captured by Elie reveal that of Tamarin.

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The historical Black River Post Office

The historical Black River Post Office !In Black River there is a place unaffected by the passing of time, well hidden beneath the foliage of the Banyan trees, these centenarian trees with branches dipping towards the ground. Cross the road facing Ruisseau Creole and discover the post office, a remnant from the English colonial era. The post-office clerks welcome the clients by name in two tiny, worm-eaten wooden rooms. Looking for someone, an address? They provide information with a smile. In front of the post office, the bicycle, whose bell suggested news was on its way, has given way to the motorcycle. Virtually intertwined with the post office, an ancient Banyan tree overhangs the dated building, just about hiding one of the magnificent marine cemeteries of the island. Take a stroll among the tombs in bright shimmering colours, pink, blue, green or yellow. Decipher the headstones and other stelae of the nineteenth century. Savour the quiet silence of the place, barely affected by the rustle of the wind in the branches. Still in the same area, take the opportunity to discover the ruins of ancient lime kilns, covered with vegetation (by crossing the road and heading along past the bus stop). A picturesque experience, a mere 5 minutes walking distance from the Marguery resort.

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Welcome to the Preneuse beach !

Welcome to the Preneuse beach ! You’re looking for a quiet beach and a translucent water? It is at only 5 minutes by step of the resort that I arrive to the Preneuse beach. 2 km of white sand with fantastic view on the Morne Brabant wait only for my towel! Rather confidential spot, The Preneuse beach is far from the high places of the mass tourism. She is mainly frequented the weekend by premises. With my mask and my snorkel, nothing more easy that to leave to the meeting of fishes of the lagoon. The ambient peace calls up to the idleness with a good book in the shade of the exotic vegetation which lines the beach. Here it’s possible to mix beach and culture! I begin by going to see the artillery which date battles between the French and English ships in 18th century and stroll up to the Tower Martello which shelters a small museum. It adorned that the Preneuse beach it’s ” the place to be ” to see the most spectacular sunsets of the Mauritius Island! Hurry up, it’s time to go ! RegCTA(‘586e1c5e0dc3611220e69111’, true, ‘582c951b0dc361123894002f’)