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Amazing nature

 

The island is well known for its exceptional natural beauty. Mark Twain noted: 'You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.

 
Le Touessrok Hotel Mauritius
Le Touessrok Hotel Mauritius

Mauritius is a place of ancient forested mountains, glades and waterfalls. It was formed by a great volcanic eruption over 8 million years ago. The original volcanic crater can still be distinguished from several mountains around the central plateau, with its highest peak Piton de la Petite Rivére Noire to the south-west.

 

When people first came to the island they found an extraordinary collection of animals; large flightless birds, giant tortoises, agile lizards and huge insects. Some of these, including the famous Dodo, have since become extinct, victims of man and the animals they brought with them. Deer and wild boar now roam freely in the tropical forests and fields. Among the species of endemic birds to have survived, the Mauritius Kestrel, the Pink Pigeon and Echo Parakeet are among the rarest birds in the world. You can see the Pink Pigeon at the Casela Bird Park, which hosts more than 140 species of birds from five continents.

 

Mauritius has 700 species of indigenous plants. Many of these are also very rare and threatened with extinction. The famous Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens in the north-west are known to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies, the Banyan tree, many species of palm tree and the famous Tailipot Palm, which only produces a single flower in 40 to 60 years and then dies. Popular outdoor activities for visitors include trekking and deer stalking, cycling and quad biking. The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation works vigorously in collaboration with the National Parks and the Conservation and Forestry Services to protect the species and the forest for future generations.