The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. Renamed Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, it stretches over 38 hectares and is home to more than 600 endemic plant species from all over the world. A feast for your eyes, but also for your nose: cinnamon, camphor, lemon, eucalyptus… so many fragrances that will guide you through your stroll along the garden paths.
Among the must see, are the giant water lilies Victoria Amazonica – which are among the most famous shots of Mauritius. This amazing plant has leaves that can grow to more than 2 metres in diameter and support the weight of a child. They bloom to reveal white flowers that turn pink after 24 hours.
The garden contains an incredible collection of over 80 palm tree species, rare and precious essences such as mahogany and teak and fruit trees such as mango trees and lychees.
Nested in a corner of the garden are animals such as java deer, does and tortoises.
Pamplemousses is a real forest with enchanting scents, a delight for all your senses. A must visit!
A little anecdote: A few celebrity figures have left their mark during their visit by planting their own trees, namely François Mitterrand, Nelson Mandela and Indira Gandhi.
Tips for your visit to the garden
The best time to visit the garden and make the most of the species and essences present is between December and April.
Do not hesitate to call on a guide to unravel the many secrets of the garden.