SSR Botanic Garden
SSR Botanic Garden
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) covers an area of about 37.5 hectares constituting of various attractions in terms of flora and fauna of both terrestrial and aquatic origins. The origin of the SSRBG dates back to the French period. In 1736, the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, chose to set up his domain around the present Main Gate of the garden. In 1767 the French Intendant Pierre Poivre, the creator of the garden, introduced vegetables, fruits, flowers and spices from all over the world. It is the oldest Botanic Garden of the southern hemisphere.
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  • Liz J
    Stroud, United Kingdom19 contributions
    Excellent for an educational and relaxing visit
    This botanical garden is spectacular. The trees and flowers on show are stunning and our tour guide talked us around for about an hour so we didn’t miss anything. We have been both times we’d visit Mauritius, it is a beautiful haven. The only thing I’m not comfortable with is the keeping of the tortoises and deer in enclosures there. When we were there one of the tortoises had gotten hold of a babies dummy and was trying to eat it :-(
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2022
  • MishCapeTown
    Cape Town Central, South Africa93 contributions
    Dissapointed
    I didn't enjoy my time at the Botanical gardens unfortunately, despite really looking forward to it. Although there are many interesting and flashy plants like the lotus and spiky water lilies and many other species I was very disappointed that I didn't hear about a single native species- all of the plants are imported from various places. There seemed to be very limited tour guides who could deliver the tour in English and ours was a bilingual French/English group. We didn't hear much in English and eventually left the group as it was a waste of time. We got seriously ripped off outside the gardens buying a bottle of water at 600% inflation tourist tax which left a bad taste.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 17, 2022
  • Sheena F
    41 contributions
    Morning visit to the gardens.
    Pleasant enough but very little information on some of the huge beautiful trees that were there. Mainly concentrated on the various species of palms. Lovely water lily and lotus flower sections. Place could have done with a cafe or small shop inside the gardens to sell drinks etc. The grounds were not well looked after, old palm fronds everwhere on the ground in places and had been there a long time and rubbish in some of the water areas, very sad to see. The garden manager here needs to improve things as this is one of the principle tourist attractions on this island, not the best ambassador for this lovely island. Could do so much better.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2022
  • Beata
    World12 contributions
    Botanic Garden
    Very interesting and beautiful place. I visited it on my own but next time I will visit the garden with a guide. The lotus pond was memorable. A lot of different plants from different places in one garden. I recommend visiting garden in the morning (less people).
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 29, 2022
  • Aberdeenyummymummy
    Bunbury, Australia122 contributions
    Great photo opportunity
    Adequately signposted when close by with a good amount of parking, at least the SSR Botanical Gardens made the experience easy to start with. 200 rupees per adult to get in. There was a map at the entrance but beyond that it was a case of wandering aimlessly. There was little signage and few explanations. The medicinal gardens were interesting. Who would have thought there were so many treatments for dysentery! The gardens just felt a little neglected and could have offered so much more. We got some great photos though - including the giant lilies.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 18, 2023
  • nuneatonmark
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom267 contributions
    Good place to spend an hour or two
    The entrance fee is a reasonable 200 rupees but we would highly advise you to use one of the official guides at 75 rupees each. They bring the place to life and tell you all about the different plants in the gardens, some of which are native and some introduced. There are also deer and the giant tortoises. We used the guide and then went for a wander on our own to take some more photos. It's not the biggest of gardens but good for and hour or two. Shame there isn't a cafe there, although that may be in the plans for renovating the colonial house on site.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 22, 2023
  • MrsB
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Well worth a visit. It cost 200 rupees each entry for tourists. As we entered we were approached and offered a guide for an hour. At 75rupees each it seemed silly not to - and we were right. The guide was very informative. We got so much more out of the visit than we would have done wandering around on our own. After our hour plus we continued exploring on our own. There are deer and giant tortoises in enclosures to see, but it’s all about the trees and plants. Important note- take and use mosquito repellent. There are lots of lakes and ponds therefore lots of mozzies.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 29, 2023
  • Ocean Spirit Mauritius
    22 contributions
    Breathtaking botanical garden
    The Pampelmousse gardens are pure joy. Magnificent trees,, beautiful varied flowering shrubs strangely unfamiliar fruit trees. Giant lily pads with lotus ponds filed with giant flowers. It's richly verdant and the storms have enriched the entire garden.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 4, 2023
  • Bryan M
    Berlin, Germany345 contributions
    This is worth seeing, but you don't need to pay a lot for an expensive day tour.
    As others have written this is a great way to spend a few hours or even the day with packing a lunch. The entry fee is really reasonable, and paying for the guided tour is a nice way to see things and do some stuff that you wouldn't normally see by your self. After that you can spend your own time walking the grounds and enjoying the area. Others had some lunch and were enjoying the park to it's fullest. While it's super nice and relaxing, if you don't arrive in your own car or taxi, beware of the taxi drivers that can be pretty aggressive about trying to get you in their taxi, using typical friendly bander then trying to guilt you into having them drive you somewhere (over to the Sugar factory which is like 1 km away). There is a foot bridge over the motorway, and a walk way not even near the cars which brings you right to the Mahogany Mall, it's like a 5 min walk and super easy. From there it's not so far to Sugar Factory if you would like to see it. We opted to go to the supermarket and find things we couldn't find in our smaller town. We easily caught the 22 bus from Port Louis which drops you pretty close to the entrance to the park, maybe a few mins walk. Also if you go you may want to pack some mosquito spray, even in mid day we still managed to get bitten in the shaded part of the park.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 11, 2023
  • Mike B
    United Kingdom27 contributions
    A solid collection of tropical flora
    A good selection of tropical flora from around the world. We had a guide who did a good job over an hour of showing us the various species, smells and textures, although his comentary could have been a little too raunchy for some, and expected more than the suggested 75mur! During our visit facilities inside the gardens were limited, but drinks and snacks available from hawkers in the car park.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 14, 2023
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Dannymc1985
Stevenage, UK208 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We visited and took a tour with Raouf, the entry and suggested tour price is cheap at what I remember to be 200 MRU and 75 MRU.

The gardens are large and it is best to take a guide as you will miss lots of things, Raouf would pick up leaves from the floor that we would have missed, rub them together and there were fantastic smells of mint, Eucalyptus and cinnamon. We were taken to all pertinent areas of the garden and Raouf took good photos using our phones and cameras.

After the you’re free to roam as you wish. I agree that the tortoise pen is a little depressing but none the less they appear cared for and looked after.

Yes Raouf did make some ‘Mother on law’ jokes and at times it was a little like a carry on film, but this was extremely light hearted and all in jest, we loved it and the Belgian couple with us did too, people really need to lighten up sometimes!

The guides speak perfect English and French and no doubt other languages too, they switch easily and quickly and this actually enhances the visit as opposed to detracting from it, there is a bit of little around, but focus on the plants and trees, they are amazing as was Raouf, thank you.

As stated earlier the suggested guide price is a very small 75 MRU (Roughly £1.20) of course the guides are worth much more than this :)
Written January 13, 2022
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EmJ
London, UK6 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
A lovely way to spend a few hours, definitely recommend joining a tour when you get to the gardens - the authorised guides wait by the entrance, no need to book in advance & they provide excellent value for money in showing you around the gardens & explaining all of the different plant species you will see. It would be a pleasant enough place to wander around yourself but having the interpretation added another dimension, learning the plant names and uses, which ones are worth smelling!, marvelling at the sizes and ages of some and feeling privileged to see a palm in bloom that takes 100 years to flower just once. The collection is a mix of some native species but also exotic species collected by French and English botanists over the centuries those nations governed the island. The gardens are a piece of history in themselves, we also took some time to walk around the ‘Mon Plaisir’ house (you can’t go inside, but look at the building from the outside) and read all the plaques on the trees nearby planted by various visiting dignitaries over the decades since Mauritius has been an independent nation, and the samadhi of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam himself, this is an important place for modern Mauritius as well.

There is a small animal area with a few Aldabra tortoises to see - these are the Seychellois species that was introduced to replace the endemic species that went extinct - they do fulfil an important part of the ecosystem, spreading plant seeds in the forest, if you want to see them in a more naturalistic setting I recommend the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation’s ecotour to Ile Aux Aigrettes where you can see them as they should be, doing their job to help preserve & maintain the native habitat. The Aldabran tortoises were bought to Mauritius at the behest of Charles Darwin who feared for their future on Aldabra, so seeing any of these creatures is a lovely link to history. There is also a deer pen, and easy to spot wildlife in the gardens include various common bird species (mynah, bulbuls, red/cardinal fody) as well as the Mauritian flying fox (fruit bat).

The gardens were easy to drive to independently & parking is free, as an aside we definitely recommend hiring a car for your stay in Mauritius, driving is easy (on the left, roads are decent and other drivers generally safe and courteous) and it gives you complete freedom to explore as you please and not just be restricted to where a tour will take you. Our car hire for the whole week cost us a little more than 1 day tour for 2 people + the taxi to/from the airport/hotel, we also hired a wifi box with the car which meant we could use our phones as SatNav & look up any info we needed online at any time to facilitate our adventures.

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Written November 9, 2022
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assupoju
2 contributions
Oct 2021
The park is very big and beautiful and it has plants from different parts of the world. There are also tortoises, some deer, and ducks in the park. There aren't too many flowers, it is mostly different kinds of trees and spices.

When you get to the park, they measure your temperature and give you hand sanitizer. At that point some people got a map but for some reason that wasn't the case for us. It was only when we were leaving that we went back to the ticket counter to ask for a map.

We were planning on walking around and seeing the giant lotuses. We had only just walked past the gates when we were ushered towards a man waving at us. He was a guide at the park who started telling us about the different plants. We weren't totally sure what was happening, so we just followed him and some other tourists. We wanted to walk on our own, but when we tried to walk away from him and the small group, he started yelling at us to come back to him, so we continued walking with him and the group. We walked past a duck pond and many of us walked towards the ducks to look at them and take some pictures but our guide didn't like that. He kept yelling at all of us until we joined him again.

Somehow, he made us feel like we were supposed to join the guided tour, as he was waiting for us right behind the main gate. Only later we understood that it was actually voluntary to join him, as we saw many other people walking around the park on their own. The group we were in consisted of tourists, and Mauritian families were allowed to go wherever they wanted to.

We also had our driver waiting for us at a certain time, and when we told the tour guide that we had to leave early, he didn't care about that and just told us the tour would be over soon. That happened multiple times and we ended up being late. We didn't have a map of the gardens so we didn't know how to get back to the main gate after starting the tour. We tried asking the tour guide for directions to certain places we had wanted to visit, he would not tell us. In the end, he waited for all of us attending the tour to give him some money. No one was told any of this beforehand so it was a very awkward situation.

The guide was very knowledgeable about the park and he showed us fruit trees and everything he showed us was interesting. Without him the park would have been kind of boring since there were no info signs. Honestly, I think we would've joined a tour if we were made aware of it, the problem is that we had no idea what was going on and we didn't have the option to leave. I guess if you want to get a lot of information on different kinds of plants and their history, join the tour. If you just want to walk around on your own, ignore the guides trying to get you to join them. And ask for a map when you buy a ticket!
Written October 13, 2021
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coop1973
Hillsborough, UK52 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our morning at the gardens. After reading other reviews we paid the small additional amount for a guide and I'd definitely recommend this. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out so many things we would never have known about otherwise. We had 3 or 4 different nationalities in our group and the guide spoke in all languages!
Written October 11, 2022
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ladybird682017
Southampton, UK7 contributions
Feb 2020
Go early in the morning when it is cooler. with lots of tropical trees and plants as well as the lotus lilies It is a nice place to sit and relax. The restaurant Mon Plaisir across the road from the entrance to the gardens makes a good stop for lunch or a snack after your visit as there are no places for refreshments in the gardens. ‘Mon Plaisir’ is also the name of the house in the grounds of the gardens which has seen better days but is worth a look to imagine how it may have been used in colonial times.
Written April 14, 2020
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Peter D
Mijas, Spain20 contributions
Jul 2022
My family recently visited the botanic gardens and we enjoyed getting a guide. He provided so much information that we will never forget this garden. We hugely recommend this as a must see event and pls include a guide which you can get after you pay the entrance fee. You will pay the guide separately - trust me its worth it. If I recall they only charge MUR70, but you pay them at the end whatever you feel like.
Written July 7, 2022
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olgita007
Prague, Czech Republic16 contributions
Jan 2020
A very picturesque botanic garden, the entry is about 200 rupees per person. Get a guide! It is much more informative, and costs 100,-Rs per person for one hour group tour. Definitely worth it - better than strolling along reading the signs.
Written February 5, 2020
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SavvyTraveler552
57 contributions
Dec 2021
I'm glad we went because it was a lovely park but my resort actually was nicer. You absolutely must have a guide, otherwise you'll walk right past the cinnamon and nutmeg trees and never notice because they're not marked. Some spice trees are behind a fence so people don't steel the fruit. Maybe because of covid, it was a bit unkept. The turtles are just sad so best to see turtles at the nature reserve if you can get to the other side of the island. Our guide tried to gain tips by being funny, but he told lots of inappropriate jokes that mostly went over my kids' heads. He also just seemed to make up names of plants at random to be funny. In all, though, worth an hour or so if you're in the area.
Written January 8, 2022
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CarettaCaretta2016
Milan, Italy15 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Parking is free, even if there's a man asking for money. We hired one of the official guides waiting after you buy tickets. She spoke English, French and Italian at least! She was very competent and fun, we saw, touched and smelled beautiful trees, flowers and leaves.

Written January 14, 2020
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Jo M
177 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited about a week ago. Sadly the weather was poor, very rainy, which probably gave us a worse view of the place than maybe we might have had if it’d been lovely and sunny.
We joined a small group with a guide as we’d read having a guide was a good idea. It would’ve been fine but within minutes another load of people joined so our group was about 20 people, mostly French speaking. The guide, therefore, spent most time speaking French and then repeating stuff in English. It wasn’t easy to understand him. He kept sheltering us in huts, which I understand, but it was for like 20/25 minutes at a time, which was so boring.
The place seems nice enough and on a lovely sunny day is prob really enjoyable.
We wished we had just gone it alone without the guide.
Would say it’s worth a visit but in good weather and not sure bother with a guide unless you are lucky enough to be in a small group.
Written August 13, 2023
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