Highlights of North Mauritius

Mauritius known as the Jewel of the Indian Ocean has so much to offer!  Whether your visiting as part of a stop and stay or perhaps a cruise vacation. Last week we explored highlights in the South of Mauritius. With so much to see, here are North Mauritius top attractions not to be missed in the North!

North Mauritius Top Attractions

Chateau de Labourdonnais

North Mauritius Top Attractions: Main entrance to Chateau Labourdonnais, Mauritius ©MDHarding
Main entrance to Chateau Labourdonnais, Mauritius ©MDHarding

Don’t miss visiting Chateau de Labourdonnais dating back to 1777 and in 1814 the first estate to have a sugar mill in Mauritius!  In more recent times the grand chateau has been home to three generations of the Wiehe family. The Chateau’s restoration has brought it back from the brink to its former glory,  a project of dedication and a labour of love for all involved. The amount of detail and pain staking work that has gone into the restoration, has to be seen! The orchards and gardens are lovely to take a stroll through, with epidemic plants and home to 50 varieties of over one hundred year old mango trees. Follow on with the opportunity to see giant Aldabra tortoise. There is also a restaurant serving fresh produce from the garden and tasting bar to sample some of the unique rum’s distilled on site.

L’Aventure du Sucre

North Mauritius Top Attractions: Entrance to Le Fangourin Restaurant
Entrance to Le Fangourin Restaurant, L’Aventure du Sucre, Mauritius ©MDHarding

Sugar was first introduced to Mauritius by the Dutch in 1639.  Once a commodity compared to gold, the island of Mauritius went from a few sugar plantations to hundreds in a very short time!  Today you can explore L’Aventure du Sucre an informative museum (not only on sugar but the history of Mauritius), taste the many sugars produced including raw sugar cane and locally produced rums.  There are also interactive displays and books for children too!  If the sweet tasting session has left you craving for more, step on over to Le Fangourin Restaurant where you can find sweet delights featuring some of the famous sugars such as crème brulee. Delicious!!!

SSR Botanical Gardens

North Mauritius Top Attractions: The Giant Water Lily - Victoria Amazonica, SSR Botanical Gardens, Mauritius ©MDHarding
The Giant Water Lily – Victoria Amazonica, SSR Botanical Gardens, Mauritius ©MDHarding

The SSR Botanical Gardens are the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere dating back to the 1770’s now named after the Mauritian  president Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam from 1988.  If there is only one thing that you manage to see in the gardens, I would recommend the giant water lily – Victoria Amazonica. First discovered in South America in 1801. Did you know it can grow 2.5 metres across.  There are a number of paths leading through the gardens, to Palm collections, a  fernery, monuments throughout and also the deer and tortoise corner. It is a great place for all the family to explore.

Due to the close proximity of all three attractions, it is possible to visit them in a day if your short on time. However I would recommend one in the morning and another in the afternoon with the advantage of the exquisite restaurants at both Chateau de Labourdonnais and L’Aventure du Sucre for lunch.

We were based in Grand Baie for three nights which we found to have good transport links, shops and restaurants. The area also has many types of accommodation available to suit all budgets!

As always we would love to hear from you. Have you visited any of these North Mauritius top attractions? What was your highlight? Or perhaps Mauritius is your next travel destination? Please comment or leave any questions below. Happy Travels! 🙂 x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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    Lita

    Thanks for these insights! I plan to visit soon, but I’m still unsure about the best hotel in Mauritius. I haven’t been able to decide on one yet, so any recommendations would be appreciated!

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      MichelleDeansHarding

      Hi Lita, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. There are so many lovely hotels, it really depends on what you are planning to do and which part of the island you would like to stay. We divided up our stay between the north and south staying at the Chillpill B&B and Ocean Villas. Both were very nice. I hope that helps. Have a great time! x

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