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Giant Water Lilies in Mauritius

One of the most impressive sights of Mauritian nature—giant water lilies

Best time: December–March

Giant Water Lilies
Giant Water Lilies
Giant Water Lilies

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, not far from Port Louis, is not only is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, but also a home to a very impressive creation of nature.

In the depths of the garden, you can find a long pond covered with giant water lilies. In this case, “giant” is not a figure of speech, as the lilies have an average diameter of 2 to 3 meters. You can see the giant water lilies throughout the whole year, but they’re at their prime during the warmest months—especially from December till March.

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What is the optimal time to observe giant water lilies in Mauritius?

From December until March, giant water lilies can be viewed in Mauritius. This time is perfect for observing them since the water is warmer and allows the flowers to thrive. During this season, the water lilies are at their largest size and mating season occurs. Show more

What is the size range of the water lilies found in Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in Mauritius?

Among the world's largest water lilies, the species found in Pamplemousses Botanical Garden has an average diameter of 2 to 3 meters. The leaves float on the water's surface, supporting the weight of even small children. Furthermore, they release a satisfying aroma in the early mornings. Show more

Where is the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden situated?

Located in the Pamplemousses district, near the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis, is the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. It can be comfortably accessed by car or bus, and visitors are encouraged to be thorough while exploring, as various plants and flowers can be discovered in the garden. Show more

In Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, apart from giant water lilies, what other attractions can visitors encounter?

Visitors to Pamplemousses Botanical Garden can find other attractions such as the spice garden, medicinal herbs, aquatic plants, and a selection of palm trees. The garden is also home to various exotic birds such as the pink pigeon, the Mauritius fody, and the bulbule. Show more

What are the unique characteristics of giant water lilies that distinguish them from other water lilies?

Giant water lilies are a species of water lily that stand apart from others due to several unique characteristics. Examples include their capacity to support weight up to a small child and their thorn-like underside, which protects against predators. Additionally, they open at night and release an attractive fragrance that draws pollinating insects. Show more

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