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Review of SSR Botanic Garden

SSR Botanic Garden
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Historical Guided Private Day Tour including Port Louis from Pamplemousses
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Historical Guided Day Tour: Botanical Gardens and Port Louis from Pamplemousses
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

The gardens are beautiful and amazing as other reviewers will testify, however it is an arboretum not a botanical garden ! Look out for the butterflies, go early in the morning or after rain to get the full benefit.

Don't book this as an excursion if you are staying in Grand Baie at a cost of 400 rupee plus entrance fee ! Either catch the 95 bus which runs through Cap Malareux, Bain Beouf, Perebeyre & Grand Baie along coast road or the frequent St Louis express bus which drops you at the back gate, only short level walk to main entrance, it will cost 75 rupee (under £2) each way. We actually picked up a taxi from the bus stop for our return journey to Grand Baie for 100 rupees.

Entrance fee is 200 rupee but you will need a guide to make sense of what you are seeing, They do not pre agree prices for the tour with you, giving the impression it may be free, it isn't. We knew the cost was between 75-100 rupees beforehand, but the guide left this to the givers discretion, asking for 1000 rupees as a joke.......some people may actually fall for this but full marks for trying !

The tour lasts about an hour but do take the time to explore further, the grounds are expansive and the tour only covers a very small area. Strangely there was not a cafe on site, just small snack vans in the car park or cafes on the approach road. Plenty of places for quiet contemplation !

1  Thank Renee194
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Peaceful just like a country walk in UK but with exotic plants and flowers and a very good guideThe entrance fee was was worth every rupee,

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We paid for a guide who was excellent really knew what she was talking about. Was really interesting & loved the giant lillies

1  Thank Bev C
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

The botanic garden is really informative if you have a guide with you. I really like the diversity of trees and anatomy behind it. You will see many trees that you never know or hear about. Don't miss it ever. The fee is 200 rubs per pax. Private guide can take up to 300 rubs.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We opted for the guided tour of the gardens for an extra 50 rupees each which was well worth it the guide told us interesting things about the trees and plants including smelling and tasting plants and leaves-fascinating

Thank jayneandmike60
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