From gorgeous landscapes to sites of historical interest, the South of Mauritius has plenty of wonders in store. The region’s natural assets and unspoiled beauty are certain to seduce you.
To get to the rocky outcrop of Macondé, you’ll drive along a road that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world! The picturesque headland is named after the Makonde tribe of southern Africa; during the colonial era, Makonde “maroons” (fugitive slaves) are thought to have sought shelter nearby. Today, the promontory is tucked into a hairpin bed in the road. A narrow staircase leads up to the Macondé viewpoint, from which you’ll gaze out over a unique landscape, where the shimmering colours of the lagoon mingle with those of the Cap River.
La Prairie Beach
A visit to La Prairie beach – named for the grassy lawns that surround it – is practically mandatory for any sightseer. It’s the perfect place for a swim or a picnic, and offers incredible views of the majestic Le Morne mountain. A historic lime kiln is also located nearby. On windy days, you’ll be able to admire kitesurfers pirouetting in the distance, in an area known as the “Kite Lagoon”: located at the foot of Le Morne, it’s considered one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world!
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Morne mountain inspires respect. During the 18th and 19th centuries, “maroons” fled to its steep and inaccessible slopes in search of refuge. It is 555 metres high and, these days, is a must for any hiking enthusiast. The first part of the hike is relatively easy and leads to a plateau from which you’ll admire some superb landscapes. The second part requires a little more endurance, for which you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the south-west of the island!
There’s no chance of a swim at Gris-Gris, a beach located at the southernmost tip of the island. Fringed by cliffs and set opposite a (very) boisterous ocean, Gris-Gris is infamous for its strong currents and ferocious waves. It is apparently named after a nearby rock that resembles a nun kneeling in supplication. This nonetheless charming spot, which is sometimes referred to as “the Brittany of Mauritius”, offers a number of great hikes. One of these leads to the famous “Roche qui pleure” (Weeping Rock), so named because of the water that constantly runs over it and the continuous roar of the waves as they crash into the cliffs.
Tea enthusiasts, make sure to visit the Bois Chéri tea estate! It was founded in 1892 and is now Mauritius’ best-known tea plantation. It offers guided tours of its factory, through which you’ll learn about the estate’s history and discover how tea is produced. You can then visit its Tea Museum to learn more about this unique plant. And finally, you’ll enjoy a well-earned tea tasting in a hill-top chalet that offers panoramic views of the region’s extraordinary landscapes.
So, which of these picturesque spots would you like to visit during your holiday?