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Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

1. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius. Stop at the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, where you can enjoy a panoramic view across almost the entire island. Visit the ship model factory in Curepipe where their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. You will then head to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus and make a short drive to the Black River Gorges and stop at the Black River View Point, to see the island’s endemic flora and fauna. Visit La Rhumerie de Chamarel to learn about the various stages involved in making the local rum, before tasting the end product! A delicious gourmet lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, the drive continues to Chamarel Village to admire the 90-meter high Chamarel Waterfall and curious 7-Coloured Earth, a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Take a winding drive to the southwest corner of Mauritius, and enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

2. Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

After the hotel pickup, you will be visiting the town of Curepipe and Floreal. You will visit the crater of Trou aux Cerfs and the Indu temple of Grand Bassin. Here you will have the chance to learn about the Indu culture and traditions and how they persist in modern Mauritius society. From here, you will then drive to Black River, where you will be able to admire fantastic landscapes and views of the mountains. Finally you will be travelling to Chamarel, where you will visit the Waterfalls, the park of Seven coloured Earths, and pay a visit to the Giant turtles in the park. From here you will be driving back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off.

Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

3. Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

Get panoramic views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano and stroll around the crater before making your way to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin via the Mare-aux-Vacoas reservoir.  Continue to the Black River Gorges to discover the home of endemic flora and fauna. Drive through the park via Plaine des Champagnes for an amazing view of Alexandra Falls. Taste different types of rum at a rum factory in Chamarel before lunch in the village. Then, discover the geological marvel of the 7 Colored Earths and see the giant tortoises before getting a panoramic view from the Case Noyal viewpoint.

Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

4. Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

Visit the Original 7 Coloured Earth in Chamarel and drink in the lunar-like spectacle of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow sand dunes set in the middle of lush green vegetation, with the Black River mountain range in the background. On your way to 7 Coloured Earth, you can also admire the majestic Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius at about 100 metres high. You can also wander to the tortoise park to see the six tortoises called Toto, Tizean, Rosette, Nini, Tizom and Tifam up close — a great activity for the family. Originally from Aldabra in Seychelles, the species can reach up to 1 meter in length with an average lifespan of more than 150 years. During your visit to the Geopark, you can also stop for a snack or lunch at the Coffee Shop. There you'll find themed products such as the Seven-Coloured Macaroons or Gourmet Popsicles. The Coffee Shop also serves Chamarel Coffee; the only locally grown and roasted coffee in Mauritius. Its taste is unique... maybe because it is grown on volcanic soil.

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

5. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Your skippers will tell about their habits and provide you with guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it is your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and array of tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views. Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

6. Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

Experience the best of Mauritius for a full day with the independence of having a comfortable private car and experienced local chauffeur at your disposal. You’ll plan your own itinerary with your driver’s guidance, and see the places that you would most like to visit. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the island’s stunning natural beauty. The duration of this private excursion is around 8 hours, which is sufficient time to take in a good part of Mauritius. Your driver will provide some recommendations on the best restaurants for sampling the local cuisine at lunch. Note that English, German, and French speaking drivers are available.

Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

7. Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

Discover the tropical rainforest of Mauritius on a 3-hour walk through the Black River Gorges National Park. Your local guide will take you on a hike to the best viewpoints, trekking along the most beautiful trails. Explore the gorges, rivers, and valleys of this stunning area. Look out for local wildlife along the way and learn about this region from your guide. You might spot the giant bats native to Mauritius, macaque monkeys, ebony trees, and more. End your hiking experience with a refreshing swim in the river.

Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

8. Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

After pickup from your hotel anywhere in Mauritius, set off on a full-day adventure across all the best, Instagram-worthy locales, with a route tailored to your pickup location. Stop by the Umbrella Square in Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital, to amble through bustling markets, shaded by a swathe of colored parasols. Head over to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to some 500 species of plants from around the world, including the rare Talipot Palm, which is said to flower once in its 60-year lifetime. Afterwards, head to Ganga Talo, the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius, containing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other gods in the Hindu pantheon. Gaze at the breathtaking statues that stand over 100 feet tall. Next you’ll soak up some of Mauritius’ foremost natural beauty at Chamarel, 7 Colored Earth, a collection of sand dunes characterized by their shifting layers of technicolor sands.  You’ll cap things off with a trip to the Chamarel Waterfalls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, with a height of over 300 feet. Afterwards, you’ll be comfortably transported back to your accommodation.

Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

9. Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

Experience the magic of swimming with dolphins in the wild and discover the stunning beauty of South Side of Mauritius on a private tour taking you to popular sites like Chamarel’s village seven-colored soils, Grand Bassin, and Alexandra Fall.  Start the beginning of a truly amazing day with an early-morning departure on a motorboat to experience the sunrise behind the mountains. Enjoy an ethical swim amongst dolphins in the wild. Feel at ease knowing that these beautiful creatures are not held in captivity or are cornered off by large boats.  Travel to the see the Tamarin Waterfalls, the Trou aux Cerfs crater, the holy lake (Grand Bassin), the Alexandra Falls, the Black River Gorges View Point, and the village of Chamarel with its seven-colored earth soils.  Continue down the south coast, around the Maconde (hairpin curve) before heading back to your accommodation.

From Chamarel: Waterfall Eco-Hike Adventure

10. From Chamarel: Waterfall Eco-Hike Adventure

Make your way to the stunning Seven Colored Earth Geopark to meet your trek guide. Start with an adventurous gorge decent that includes four challenging river crossings. Be prepared to climb and scramble over rocks and wade through the river at points. You'll know the hard work was worth it when you reach the beautiful Chamarel Falls at the base of the gorge. Marvel at the highest vertical drop waterfall in Mauritius and enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterfall pool as the water cascades around you. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a plethora of endemic plant, animal, and bird species in this protected area and learn fascinating insights into the history and culture of the Chamarel region.

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What people are saying about Chamarel

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,193 reviews

What an amazing day. Firstly we were super lucky to see and swim with an entire pod of dolphins - they’re honestly such magical creatures. Lots of speedboats with many swimmers - the dolphins seemed happy enough playing amongst everyone. However not being an expert I can’t comment on their well-being. The tour of the West with our guide Deepak, was absolutely brilliant. I cannot rate Deepak highly enough. He was incredibly insightful, with so much information about the Island. He taught us about the Hindu Faith, Temples, and their Gods. What a beautiful religion. The island’s landscape is just breathtaking with such rich flora and fauna. I went to Mauritius for the beaches but I’d honestly say the main event is the rainforest/national parks. Thank you so much for a wonderful tour, and making our trip unforgettable.

this day was just exceptional, with an exceptional guide. thank you to him for having shared with us his knowledge, that culture, and all these places more magnificent from each other. thank you

Very pleasant walking tour through the various ethnic neighborhoods of downtown Port Louis, sampling delicious dishes in each. Christopher was very friendly and engaging.

Very nice tour with great places. The guide was great, she adapted to our needs and told us many interesting things about the local culture. Excellent typical lunch

Nice tour of the southwest. Our guide explained a lot and answered all questions. Everything was very well organized!