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Mauritius: Bois Cheri, Saint Aubin & La Vanille Nature Park

4.7 / 5

54 reviews

Mauritius: Bois Cheri, Saint Aubin & La Vanille Nature Park

From US$ 107.61 per person

Experience the landscapes, culture and gastronomy of Mauritius on an 8-hour sightseeing tour of the south coast. Visit Bois Cheri, La Vanille Nature Reserve and the Sugar Estate of Saint Aubin, and enjoy stunning views from Gris Gris.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Mauritius

Experience

Highlights
  • See Giant Tortoise and Nile Crocodiles at La Vanille
  • Taste the rums of Saint Aubin
  • Admire a colonial house of a former sugar plantation
  • Get panoramic views of the Indian Ocean from Gris Gris
  • Enjoy a traditional Mauritian lunch of local produce
  • Explore the rugged South Coast of the Savanne
  • Visit Bois Cheri factory, the biggest tea manufacturer in Mauritius
  • Visit of the colonial house at Domaine des Aubineaux
Full description
See the Giant Tortoises of Mauritius and come up-close-and-personal with Nile Crocodiles on a scenic full-day tour of the island’s rugged South Coast. Following a pick up from your hotel, visit the Bois Cheri Tea Factory. The tea route starts in Curepipe at the Colonial Domaine des Aubineaux, built in 1872. Continue to the tea plantations of Bois Cheri. Visit the factory and the museum and enjoy a tea tasting. In the South, visit La Vanille Nature Reserve, also known as the Crocodile Park, and the Colonial estate of Saint Aubin, which contains vanilla and anthurium plantations, an old sugar factory, and the rum distillery, including a tasting followed by lunch. Home to a diverse and large variety of regional flora and fauna, La Vanille is also a breeding center for Giant Tortoises and Nile Crocodiles, which can be seen in abundance. Learn about the different life cycles of the reptiles and watch crocodile feeding time.  Then, go to the former sugar plantation at Saint Aubin and learn more about the island’s traditional crop at the Sugar Factory. While the plantation no longer produces sugar, the grounds include a large tropical garden, rum distillery, small farm, and the magnificent colonial mansion from the 19th century. Taste some of the rum produced in the distillery and sample the fruits of the farm during a traditional Mauritian lunch. Continue to Gris Gris for stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the rugged basalt cliffs of the south coast.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off at any hotel or accommodation in Mauritius
  • Transportation to all sights
  • Guide (French, English, or German-speaking)
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • Rum tasting at Saint Aubin
  • Lunch
  • Drinks at lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Water
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  •  You will be contacted by a hotel representative to advise you of your pick-up time
  • If you cancel due to the weather you will not get a refund. If the local supplier cancels due to the weather you will get a full refund (or partial refund if the cancellation occurs during the tour)
  •  The local tour operator reserves the right to change the day and date of the excursion
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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Overall it was an enjoyable & relaxing trip. The fact that there was only two of us in this tour made it kind of like a private trip for us; so that was a bonus! Highlight of the trip was of cause the rum tasting in St Gobin! My husband loves most of the rum that he tasted! It was so much better compared to the rum that we tasted in Chamarel.

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October 12, 2019

Very enjoyable day. Turned out we were the only people on the trip so had our guide Henna and driver Vikram to ourselves. They answered all our questions and we’re very knowledgeable. The tea factory was really interesting, health and safety rules are somewhat different to the Uk and we got up close to the machines. Also enjoyed the nature park, to see so many giant tortoises up close was amazing, like a mini army of tanks! Overall a good day out and I would recommend it.

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October 10, 2019

Loved loved this activity , we had a very friendly tour guide Alcram customer service was great. Can’t complain he showed us everywhere and taught us so much history. The tour was truly a nice insight into Mauritius. Where we went to eat was soooo delicious in a former colonial house. We loved the nature park and how interactive you could be with tortoise . The tea factory was also nice to visit and we loved the tea tasting. Would recommend this tour and using get your guide.

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September 5, 2019

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