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.
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