Please note that this south tour is a private full day tour, not a shared tour. A vehicle with an english/french/hindi speaking driver will be provided exclusively for you on this special day!
Places you will discover in this south tour:
The sacred lake & hindu temple, Grand Bassin (also named as Ganga Talao)
Mangal Mahadev – The giant shiva statue
Black River Gorge
Viewpoint of Alexandra waterfalls
Chamarel waterfall and seven colored earth
The Rhumerie de Chamarel
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SOUTH TOUR Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao
It is a tourist-favourite, a place that oozes out a deep sense of spirituality, surrounded by forestation that gives a feeling of calmness and contentedness. Grand Bassin is about 1,800ft above sea level and is considered as one of the most sacred and spiritual places for Hindus in Mauritius. With the main revered deity being Shiva, you will find at its entrance Mangal Mahadev, the 33-ft tall, giant Shiva Statue, standing with his trident, a worthy copy of the one of Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
During the pious month of Maha Shivratree, pilgrims from all over the island walk from their homes to the lake, carrying “kanwars” (colourful and sometimes awesomely creative masterpieces, built usually to resemble a temple), to gather sacred water from the lake.
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park, covering an area of 67.54 km², is in the south-western part of Mauritius. Proclaimed as a National Park on June 15, 1994, it is managed by the National Parks and Conservation Service.
Black River Gorges National Park is a mostly endemic park abounding of endemic fauna and flora, many of which are treated as endangered species and are actively protected as part of a national conservation effort of the NPC (National Park and Conservation Service) from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. To name a few: the Mauritius Kestrel, Mauritius Parakeet, Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Bulbul.
About 300 or so of the 700 species of plants found in Mauritius can be seen growing in the fertile lands of the National Park. These would be the wonderful Trochetia, the Ox Tongue, the Chinese Guava and gorgeous Orchids and Anthuria.
As part of the conservation exercise, Macaques, Tenreks, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar, various butterflies and flying foxes were introduced to the park.
Visitors facilities: There are 2 information centres, picnic areas and 60 kilometres of trails for those who love a bit of adventure and want to enjoy the serene surroundings.
There are four field stations in the park which are used for research.
Chamarel – Seven Coloured Earths
The 7 coloured Earth (Terres des Sept Couleurs in French) intrigues many. Located in the Chamarel plain of Black River District in the southern-part of Mauritius, this small area of sand dunes attracts and fascinates everyone. The work of mother nature shows an astounding spectrum of coloured sand dunes that have occurred due to the natural phenomenon of chemicals in the soil, with patterns having been carved by the rain over time.
Nowadays, the dunes are protected by a wooden fence and visitors are not to physically access the sand dunes. There are however observation posts that allow every visitor a clear view of the magical dunes and why not to take a nice selfie with a fascinating background of multi-coloured, natural dunes.
Your little ones can even have fun in the children playground as some Giant Tortoises watch over them.
Rhumerie De Chamarel
Le Rhumerie de Chamarel is not just a distillery. It is a well-designed, all-in-one discovery, tasting, shopping and culinary experience. Perched at 300m above the south-west coast of Mauritius, this structure has been built to blend harmoniously with its spectacular surroundings.
The Rhumerie de Chamarel, located on fertile lands, is one of the rare distilleries still in activity to cultivate its own sugarcane which are carefully selected for the rum production.
The Rhumerie also boasts of a restaurant and shop.
Curious Corner of Chamarel
Right next to the 7 Coloured Earth, you can surprise your friends back home with some mysterious photos taken at the Curious Corner of Chamarel. A house of illusion and mystery sure to awaken your curiousity! Visit the Exhibit Centre and experience a world of mind bending fun, browse the many curios in the Puzzles & Things Shop and enjoy the delights on offer at The Corner Café in the garden.
Get your friends scratching their heads back home figuring out “how ever did they manage to do this?” They know where to plan their next holiday destination if they wish to crack the suspense!
The South Tour Mauritius
Cost: From €75
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Type: Specific Tour
Group Size: 4 people
Languages: English, Francais
Pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation anywhere in Mauritius
Full transportation to all the sights
A personal driver guide to show you around and inform you on each of the sights
Entry Tickets fees to places such as Chamarel, Curious Corner & Rhumerie de Chamarel, approximately MUR1000 in total per adult. Contact us for additional information.
Lunch not included in the fees – Your driver/guide can suggest a restaurant based on your taste, or feel free to request a stop at any restaurant of your choice along the way! Either way, you will have the final word, of course.