Mauritius is a place that has been on my ‘to visit’ list since a girl I used to go to school with showed some photos from her holiday there at ‘show and tell’, gorgeous beaches, sun, amazing animals and lots of places to explore. Its an Island I would love to spend time on, though with two kids it would be less of a beach holiday for us as they’d get bored of that after a day or two I reckon, so although the beaches look glorious I’ve put together a list of six things to do in Mauritius with kids.
La Vanille Nature Park – over 1000 tortoises, many of them giagantic Aldabra tortoises that are big enough to ride on (not that you should!) and over 2000 nile crocodiles. Full of tropical plants there is also a petting zoo, boars, monkeys, an insectarium and so much more! Definitely a full day out
Visit the Volcanic Crater near Curepipe – It’s dormant so no need to panic about it bubbling over! In the centre of the Island this looks like a lovely spot for a wooded walk as there is a trail around the mouth of the volcano with lots of benches for rest spots and exploring.
Le 7 Cascades – Or waterfalls if you prefer! A full days trek will let you see all seven of these amazing waterfalls, or you can visit around 3 in half a day. Located in the Riviere Noire area on the south of the Island.
Curious Corner of Chamarel Museum – ‘A house of illusion and mystery sure to awaken your curiosity’ according to their website which definitely piques my interest! Mazes, interactive exhibits and rooms where all is not what it seems! Definitely something completely different and a change from your normal museums!
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Gardens in Pamplemousses – The oldest Botanic Garden of the southern hemisphere dating from the 1700’s. The gardens cover 37 hectacres and are full of flora and fauna, including giant lily pads and lots of different types of palm trees. You can get a guide to show you the highlights or explore yourself. Lots of shady areas for a picnic in peace!
Eureka House – A stunning traditional style colonial house dating from the 1830’s. There is a restaurant on site, and is surrounded by the Moka River and some gorgeous greenery. Inside the house there are different areas featuring art, antique maps, Chinese and Indian house wares and quirky contraptions like a colonial-era shower. Tours are available or you can explore yourself.
You can find out loads more about Maurutius and what there is to do on the island here, it looks like somewhere I could happily spend a month!
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