Best time to travel to Mauritius

Blooming of Exotic Flowers

Witness how Mauritius turns into a colourful flowerbed

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Nature is the biggest attraction in Mauritius during the whole year. Still you haven’t seen anything if you didn’t visit the island during December and January. Being the second-largest supplier of plants and cut flowers in the world, Mauritius offers spellbinding views of richly coloured flowers blossoming all over the island.

Flowers at the Trou aux Biches resort, Triolet, Mauritius 2020
Flowers at the Trou aux Biches resort, Triolet, Mauritius
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Among others, look for bright crimson bottle brushes (a flower literally resembling bottle brush), majestic purple lilies, diverse blossoming cactuses, delicate Plumeria flowers, and more than 60 species of orchids.

Bottle brush blossom 2020
Bottle brush blossom

Exotic beauty ornates the entire island, but you should know about some of the unmissable locations. The top place is the Black River Gorges National Park area in La Preneuse. The vast rainforest park in the south-west offers picnic areas and 37 mi (60 km) of hiking trails.

Cactus with flowers and fruits, Riviere Noire, Black River, Mauritius 2020
Cactus with flowers and fruits, Riviere Noire, Black River, Mauritius
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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses in the north of the island, boasts 500 species of plants. It's particularly famous for the giant water lilies pond and Talipot palm. Another thing which makes it special is its age. This botanical garden dates back to the 18th century being one of the oldest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The final spot to check-in is Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve located on the Aigrette Island, an islet off Mauritius' south-east coast. This reserve stands out with its orchid conservations.

Orchid blooming, Mauritius 2020
Orchid blooming, Mauritius