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“Wonderful visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of SSR Botanic Garden

SSR Botanic Garden
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Historical Guided Day Tour including 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.
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 382 helpful votes
“Wonderful visit”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

We unknowingly went on the 50th anniversary of the death of the first Prime minister. There was a heavy police presence, journalists, politicians, etc... However the garden is very vast and it didn't in the least put a damper on our visit.

Entrance fees are 200 rp/€5 per person. Upon arrival, we were approached for a guided tour of the park. We gladly accepted as we don't know that much about botanicals. It's a mere 50rp/€1.20 per person. The visit with a guide lasts approximately an 1 hour 30, then you're free to roam the garden as you please.

We enjoyed every moment of the visit. The grounds of the property are well kept. There is an abundance of things to see. Our guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. We knew beforehand that we might not be able to see water lilies and lotus flowers (end of winter + snail problem in the nenuphar ponds), however we were lucky enough to see both!
We saw the giant tortoises and deers in their pens. And bats!

We did notice some rubbish in bushes and the stream. It's a shame some don't respect the fauna and flora.

I definitely recommend visiting the Jardin Pamplemousses. It's a must see in Mauritius.

Visited on 18th September 2013.

Visited September 2013
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Usingen, Germany
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“interesting with guide”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

We spent some two hours in an entertaining multi-language walk around the lush and mostly well kept gardens, although they do suffer a bit from public picnicking.
Modest entrance fee and the addtional MUR 100pp were well invested with a knowlegeable and fun guide who has been working there for 35 years. Not recommended for "self Walkers" as signing is poor and you miss all the stories around use of leaves, spreading and keeping the plants.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Took a taxi here, enjoyable few hours, good place to visit if you are interested in plants. Fantastic palms, banyan trees etc. Lovely to see all the different wild birds. Lilies were not looking their best when we visited, apparently they were suffering from a type of virus!

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful gardens”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Visiting the gardens was a nice morning out with the family. You really need to hire a guide (50 rupees pp), otherwise there is no way of knowing all the information you will get about the plants. Luckily we had a very knowledgable guide, who made the visit perfect. If you want to stroll along on your own, you can do that after you have finished with the guide. They usually spend about 1,5 hours with you. One important point is that if you want the guide to yourself only make this clear at the start. We had two more couples in our group and the guide having to explain everything both in English and French was a bit off putting. Definitely visit the sugar museum afterwards which is only about a km away.

Visited October 2013
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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“Historic Botanical Gardens”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

Went to the gardens although they were mainly trees, shown around by an excellent guide, quite interesting, but don't go at the weekends, as all the locals go and have a picknic.

I thought the gardens at the Maritime Resort were better, I understand these gardens have been privitised recently, and many of the gardeners dismissed, there is lots of work to do in the gardens especially after all the picknics.

Visited September 2013
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