The scenic areas of Mauritius are ideal for exploring on horseback. Vieille Cheminee at Chamarel is in the south near Le Morne, where horsback trails explore fileds,plantations and rivers. Near Grand Bay the Leisure Park in the north offers riding over an esate od 1700 acres. There is a fee which includes a visit to the property and the services of a professional instructor. Refreshments are included ion the fee.
Curepipe (pronounced as "Cue-Peep") is one of the major towns located in the central of Mauritius. It is famous for its cool weather because it is located on a plateau, as well as it's college (best in Mauritius) and the Toru Aux Cerfs dormant volcano crater besides it.
Mahebourg is a nice coastal town located in the south-east coast very near to the airport. There are many fishing boats here as well as a famous statue to remember those who died during a fierce naval battle near this place between the British and French in 1810. There is a good view of the Lion Mountain north of the town.
Pamplemousse Gardens, which loosely translated means grapefruit garden. About 25 minutes from Grand baie. All sorts of tropical pants, and suprisingly only one tree native to Mauritius. The main attraction in my opinion is the giant lily pads on the pond, which are really stunning.
If possible, you can explore the French colonial ruins at Balaclava within the compounds of Hotel Maritim. You can ask the hotel security permission for you to enter and explore this interesting ruins.
There is a coastal British fort (cannot remember the name) located on the east coast of Mauritius near to the town of Mahebourg. The fort was used to guard against invasion from the east and it is worth a short visit if you are in that area.
If you are around Belle Mare beach on the east coast, you can visit a monument of remembrence on the tragic deaths of passengers of a South Africa airplane which plunged into the sea of the Belle Mare coast around 1987.
This fort is located at a small hill overlooking the city of Port Louis, and it can be reached by road. You will have a fantastic view of Port Louis city, harbour and the surrounding mountains from up here.
I stayed at Easy World Apartments and saved a ton of money to eat, and hired a car from the apartment to explore local scenery. Spar Supermarket and an internet cafe is across the street and the beach is another 3 minutes away. Spar had fresh bread and coffee. Walked over barefoot several times. Can't ask for anything more. The apartment also provided tea and bread with butter and jam upon request. Next I will definitely rent a 125cc scooter to get through the capital's traffic and parking. Ate at Namaste restaurant and had good Indian dishes and Domaine Ana for some good Chinese food.
This picture was taken in the Pamplemousse Gardens aswell, quite possibly the widest tree trunk I have ever seen, especially when you think all of us could sit there.
This impressive coastal waterfall can be reached by speedboat if you are on Ile Aux Cerfs island located off the eastern shore of Mauritius.
Mauritius is not just about the beaches, sea and sun. There are many impressive mountains on the island, including Pieter Both which is the highest mountain in Mauritius.
This nature park is located in the less visited south-east region of Mauritius among some mountains. It is worth a visit if you like plants and scenery but the journey may take a while.
This is the largest lake and reservoir of Mauritius and you can drop by during the journey from Curepipe town to Chamarel in the south-west of Mauritius.
This impressive mountain can be seen when you are along the south-east coast of Mauritius, including the town of Mahebourg.