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South of Mauritius

South of Mauritius

The South of Mauritius, is where the island's history started. The "Vieux Grand Port" bay being the first port of Mauritius, the region received the first Dutch explorers" camps in 1638. When in 1735, the well-known French Governor Francois Mahé de Labourdonnais decided to develop the actual port (Port-Louis) right on the opposite side of the island, as main harbour and administration centre, the South / Southeast did not lose any of its importance. The village of Mahebourg is named after the French Govenor Francois Mahe de Labourdonnais is a great landmark of this part of the history of Mauritius.

It was much later, under the British Empire that this region was gradually left behind. The southern coast features some of the country's wildest and most attractive scenery. Here you'll find basalt cliffs, sheltered sandy coves, hidden falls and traditional fishing villages where fisherfolk sell their catch at roadside stalls. Beyond the shoreline lie endless sugar-cane fields and dense forests that clothe the hillsides in a patchwork of vibrant greens.The region is known as Savanne and is noticeably devoid of any prominent towns save Rivière des Anguilles and Souillac. Both can be used as bases from which to explore the nearby parks and preserves, though we recommend staying elsewhere and visiting the far south during a day trip aboard a private vehicle.

The South and South-east coasts face the Southeast trade winds, which prevails almost all year round. The region often gets too windy especially in winter where high-pressure cells pass by. On the other hand, this part of the island remains relatively fresh in summer. The beach of Pointe d'Esny is said to be the best spot for lazy summer days. In summer (November to March) all you need is get your sun cream on in order to protect yourself from the sunburns. During the winter (June to September) it can get cool as early as 5pm and warm clothes are necessary after sunset. A sweatshirt is welcome in the evenings during the months of September, October, April and May.

Mahebourg hosts the Naval museum of Mauritius. Its interest rests not only in its collection of exhibits, but also in the history of its building. Erected in the 1760's, the building hosting the museum was built by Mr. Jean De Robillard in architecture typical of those times. The place was permanently adapted to the necessities of each period. It is in one of its rooms that rival commanders from the French army and the Royal Navy received first aid, side by side, during the famous "Vieux Grand Port" battle in 1810.

The H. Rault biscuit factory; one of the oldest factories of Mauritius still in operation in its original state. It can be described as a “live museum.”

Ile Aux Aigrettes is the only accessible islet of Mauritius where the vegetation is 100 % Endemic. Managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Ile aux Aigrettes is a genuine eco-tourism trip.

The Rochester falls is one of the few waterfalls accessible to all. Not to be compared to the Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe, it creates nonetheless the opportunity to change from the seaside and take a walk in the wild nature.

Le Souffleur (The geyser). This fascinating natural activity caused by the engulfing of waves in rocky caves, was for a long time, offering a fascinating show but unfortunately, due to the erosion of the rocks it does not occur anymore. Whether "in activity" or not, the scenery around "Le Souffleur" is worth a stop and a walk.

“La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes” is a park for strolls through luxuriant Greenery where a variety of other species can be watched in total safety. Crocodiles are bred there and are part of the attraction.The rest of the park is really orientated around ecological matters and contributes in the preservation and restoration of the endemic flora.

Riambelis located in the South of Mauritius. The village has preserved its authentic charm and offers tranquility and seclusion. It lies at a drive of about 30 minutes from the Airport.

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