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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took a trip to the North with Botanical Garden being one of the places to see, as wanted to re-visit it and show it to friends staying with us for few weeks. I recalled it from my first visit 7 years ago as green and tranquil but with beautiful colonial house being under renovation. As in past 7 years Mauritius economy and tourism have gone so far ahead i was sure that place will look beautiful and was so happy to see that colonial house was open. Unfortunately from then onward it made me sad with the state of the maintenance of the whole place.

Stunning colonial house was with fully open doors and windows , with no furniture and covered in birds poo and seemed not cleaned for days . I ventured upstairs as wanted to see the place, navigating trough stairs covered with poo even more to arrive to second floor where first room on right was filled with some broken furniture which was visibly just dumped there. Second room was not even accessible as there were too many excrement to walk over . I could not understand how was possible to keep this house as this state, when it is an architectural beauty that just needs a clean up, a paint, a simple deco and a beautiful coffe shop or eatery would be working very well there .

Walking trough rest of the garden we noticed that there are many other places where it seemed not maintained well , canvases left around, tiles broken, name plates vanished , threes planted by various high ranking diplomats in poor state or not there . Unfortunately even the big pond which is usually stunning did not have even one flower , but this depends on the nature. In last bit where deers and turtles live, a pile of thrown away whatever things was on the back of the deer shuck visible to all. On way out we passed an old guide that was showing around to a group of Italian guests , speaking in simple but bit upset italian as they did not listen to him, it was funny to see them react.

Vegetation is still there and lush , as growing over years, and it could be such an amazing place if cleaned up well, with proper plant tags, educational paths, a clean and decent bathroom and a colonial house turned into a simple and surely profitable coffe shop where any visitor would love to stop by.

At the moment ,we were so sad to see it in not well maintained state ( for not cheap entrance of 200 MUR for expats ) and were almost ashamed in front of our friends , They still liked the nature of the garden but also saw that it was not in best of the states .

Whilst i am sorry to leave this kind of review i really hope that they do better job with it in the future as finally it is one of the top touristic spots in Mauritius , and simply cause it can be just amazing.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Rebecca070972
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Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

We went for an hour long walk through the garden and enjoyed ourselves a lot. Many impressive plants and trees, amongst them the wonderful Victoria Waterlillies as well as the Lotus flowers. Worth a visit, go early in the morning to avoid the worst heat - the garden is very humid.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank skjerp
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Reviewed January 14, 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

We were lucky enough to get there early to avoid the crush 9am and didn't take a guide as we were pushed for time but I have heard the guides are really worth getting. Map was easy to follow and we really loved it.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank JenJen7thheaven
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

There was nothing outstanding about our visit, lush gardens with little colour, other than green, and a few giant tortoises in a fenced off area. For a real Tortoise experience, La Vanille on the south coast is an absolute must.

There’s the old house you can walk around, though it’s full of nesting pigeons that naturally have left their mark (everywhere!) and not really much else to see

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank 148stuartp
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