SSR Botanic Garden

SSR Botanic Garden, Pamplemousses: Hours, Address, SSR Botanic Garden Reviews: 4/5

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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Peter N
Scottish Highlands, UK87 contributions
Jan 2022
Beautiful and tranquil gardens with the water lilies a highlight. For the ornithologist there are lots of birds and the deer and tortoise enclosures are interesting.
Written January 18, 2022
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Harmony
Lund66 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Beautiful garden and well maintained. For a small sum you can join a freelance guide for an hour guided tour in the park. You will get to see the most famous spots, get good stories and easy-to-grasp information about the flowers, plants and trees.
However, the sight in animals in captivity in the park such as the deers and giant turtles was a sad sight as the had so little space.
Remember to bring bug reppelent, the mosquitos were crazy.
Written January 17, 2022
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Dannymc1985
Stevenage, UK164 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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SavvyTraveler552
42 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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Paul W
Mauritius17 contributions
Dec 2021
We have been to Pamplemousses on previous visits to Mauritius.
We now live here and decided to to a New Years eve walk.
The grounds are still lovely, but look very tired. Some of the paths are unkempt, with leaves and branches everywhere. particularly in the areas of Canal de ville Bague and Canal Riley, and near the stone bridge. The signs identifying the trees are either missing or so faded that they are illegible, and unfortunately there seems to be a litter problem, with some bins un emptied and plastic bottles etc left around. We saw no grounds staff working (maybe they were on leave).
Please improve the signs on the trees, as identifying the different species is all part of the experience, and tidy the grounds. It wont take much effort, to bring it back to a beautiful park.
Written December 31, 2021
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Clement P
26 contributions
Dec 2021
Definitely go with a guide (minimum 100 rps) as they will bring you a mine of information on the different trees, where they get their names from, how they were used, etc! It was a great break from the beach to enjoy the variety of Mauritius' nature. Some people have complained about the tortoises enclosure - if tourists were not throwing stones at them on their shells surely they would be in a bigger one. Finally, until the private owners of the park decide to hire more staff to look after it, the problem of littering (tourists !?) will be solved.
Written December 29, 2021
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Nadia H
4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Our experience was great because of the fantastic guide we had! He was an elderly gentleman in his 70’s and spoke multiple languages. He was very informative, engaging and fun to experience a botanical garden with. As the only two English speakers in the group, we really appreciated how he managed to incorporate us within the group despite the language barrier. We also commend him on his ability to translate everything twice. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Written December 23, 2021
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jne2647563
Bognor Regis, UK553 contributions
Dec 2021
Spent a couple of hours here and had a great time. Our guide made the experience more memorable, being patient and giving us lots of interesting information. She also was amazing at taking photographs with my mobile!! More facts could have been displayed by the trees and attractions. There are not many flowers but some amazing trees and ponds. It felt very tranquil and calm and made for a relaxing few hours.
Written December 18, 2021
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Sarah
Rotterdam, The Netherlands130 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The Lonely Planet likened the pamplemousse gardens to Kew gardens in London. Sadly this was far from the case, In size, grandeur and breadth of plants present. However, the positives: enjoyable botanical garden, reasonable entry fee, easy parking, affordable guides who will give you an hour’s tour in good English, good size but doable in 2+ hours. The negatives- the tortoise enclosure is purely sad, our guide kept throwing in demeaning jokes about poisonous trees being suitable for the “mother in law” / “the wife”. In the modern world, I find such misogynistic rhetoric has no place, and is simply unfunny. I don’t think I was alone in feeling the awkwardness of this “humor”.
Written December 15, 2021
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jedikala
Tampere, Finland19 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We decided to have a guided tour at the garden, and it was worth it. The guide spoke good english and told interesting facts about the plants and trees, showed us which ones smelled good etc details. We gained a lot more this way than going on ourselves.
Written December 2, 2021
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