A Mauritius Treasure: The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
Mauritius is a paradise island that boasts everything from thundering waterfalls and verdant rainforests to golden beaches and bright blue ocean waters. If you’re considering a tailor-made Mauritius holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning your itinerary.
Although this is a truly wonderful place to soak up the sun and listen to the waves gently lapping against the shore, it’s well worth taking some time away from your sun lounger to explore. One attraction that is a must on your to-do list is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden. This stunning oasis is located a stone’s throw from the lively capital of Port Louis.
Visiting the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is one of the most popular attractions on the island. Established as a private garden by a French governor more than 300 years ago, it has its fair share of wonderful stories throughout its time.
Today, the gardens are very much a treasure everyone is invited to enjoy and they are open almost every day of the year. You can take a guided tour, or you can meander at your leisure using a guidebook or an audio guide for information.
The gardens are incredibly appealing in terms of aesthetics, but they also boast a spectacular array of plant species. There are more than 650 types of plants on display and you’ll find more than 60 varieties of palm trees. The boundaries seem like they go on forever, and you could easily spend hours wandering around, taking in the views and enjoying the fresh, floral scents.
What to see
You could spend days in these gardens if you wanted to inspect and enjoy every individual plant, but most tourists work to a schedule, and if you haven’t got much time, it’s wise to work out what you want to see before you start your tour. The highlight for most visitors is the giant lily pond, which springs into action in the warmer months when the buds of the Victoria amazonica lilies open. Young leaves start their lives as a crumpled ball of green, which stretches out to the flat pad most of us are familiar with. Some of the lilies measure up to 2 metres in diameter.
Another highlight, especially for bird watchers, is the vast collection of bird species residing in the gardens. As you follow the palm-lined twists and turns, look out for flashes of colour in the greenery and keep an ear out for calls. If you’re an animal lover, you may also want to visit the northern section of the gardens where you can find deer and giant Aldabra tortoises.