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SSR Botanic Garden

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Address: Pamplemousses, Mauritius 21003
Phone Number: 2302439401
08:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) covers an area of...

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) covers an area of about 37.5 hectares constituting of various attractions in terms of flora and fauna of both terrestrial and aquatic origins. The origin of the SSRBG dates back to the French period. In 1736, the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, chose to set up his domain around the present Main Gate of the garden. In 1767 the French Intendant Pierre Poivre, the creator of the garden, introduced vegetables, fruits, flowers and spices from all over the world. It is the oldest Botanic Garden of the southern hemisphere.

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Beautiful and natural

Garden with the most beautiful water lilies and peaceful.seeingthe indigenous talipot trees which flower every 60 to 100 years really appealed to our inner botanist soul.it is... read more

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Garden with the most beautiful water lilies and peaceful.seeingthe indigenous talipot trees which flower every 60 to 100 years really appealed to our inner botanist soul.it is cool compared to the heat of the island so makes it a very appealing outing.the chateau de labourdonnais offers good french creole cuisine for the gourmet in us as well as being rich... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at 10am and were greeted by one of the guides who offered to show us around. She said that we could wait for another 8 people to make up the group, or could pay more and she would take just the two of us. We decided on this option as it still only came to about £12 for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitely worth visiting and you can get round in 45 minutes or you are so inclined and still get a flavour (or spend much longer if you are taking it seriously ). Plenty of tropical trees and plants, the obligatory tortoise house. Guides available if you so wish.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are a wonderful place to visit by bus The official tour guides at the the gate know there stuff. They are very reasonably priced. The waterlily s are wonderful. There's a lot fruitbat s to the right of the main entrance hanging in a massive tree

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived by taxi at 10:00. The cost of entry is small and we opted to pay 50 rupees each for a guide. This was great value and an absolute necessity since there is no comprehensive guide book and the plants/trees are not labelled. Our guide was a great character - very knowledgeable, bilingual and immensely funny. His tour was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

With a Guide this makes an interesting visit. I was amazed at how clean this place is kept. Without the Guide I would have not known the history of the place or any other information behind each section of the Garden. I recommend this as a must visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I expected these gardens to provide information on the various plants but did not find any. You can hire a guide but we wanted to go around by ourselves. The gardens lacked attention to detail and general care. The lotus are so beautiful. We were not allowed to go near the deers. We should have been told on arrival. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well worth the drive from Bel Ombre. The guides touting for business at the entrance can seem too pushy and insistent, but the one who gave us the tour really was so informative , we would have walked blithely around not knowing what we were looking at. He had a slightly bossy manner but with a party of about twenty... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unless you have a key interest in plants, then don't waste your money. We were hassled to buy into a guided tour, and after saying we're happy to mooch about at our own pace, the operator seemed very disgruntled. I think we were here for about half hour...

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We just love our garden but I'm giving good cause it should be free for mauritians n if they were to pay it should have been for a less amount. There should be more benches to sit in shades. The map is quite confusing n there should be more intructions as we often got lost. I haven't been there for... More 

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