Botanical garden of Pamplemousses
If you love the green sights and colourful flowers of Mauritius, you will enjoy the botanical garden of Pamplemousses a lot. A selection of the most special plants from Mauritius and elsewhere in the world are the decor of this very old garden.
The official name of the garden is: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) Botanical Garden. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was the first president of independent Mauritius. He was not the founder of the garden though. The garden was built in 1729 by a frenchman who called it Mon Plaisir (My joy). It was the first botanical garden of the southern hemisphere. In 1770 Frenchman Pierre Poivre planted trees and plant coming from all over the world. The garden has gone through good and tough times. It was even used as a nursery during the malaria epidemic of 1866.
The garden is 37 hectares big, with paths everywhere, making it nice to walk through. Besides a wide variety of trees and plants, you will also find an old colonial castle called ‘Chateau Mon Plaisir’, a sugar mill and a farm with deer and turtles.
A very detailed description of the history of Pamplemousses garden and what to expect can be read here.
There is an entrance fee for non residents of Mauritius. The price is 200
How to get to Pamplemousses
The garden of Pamplemousses is not difficult to find. The garden is right next to the motorway from Port Louis to Grand Baie. Two of the roundabouts on this motorway give you possibility to exit the motorway to the the garden. Signs will lead you there. There is a free parking space. It’s about 300 meters left of the main entrance. From this parking lot you can also enter the garden. There are people on the road trying to lead you into their parking space, where you will have to pay. Make sure to ignore them.