Mauritius’s south coast is the island’s wild side, known for its unusual rock formations and for the cane fields and tea plantations that form the backdrop to fishing villages like Baie du Cap, where time seems to have stopped. The small port of Souillac, near Mauritius’s southernmost point, is the base for trips to the pounding surf at Gris Gris and interesting Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum. Inland you can visit Darwin’s Aldabra tortoises at La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, before stopping off at the unusual Tookay Temple in Rivière des Anguilles. The southwest also has some of Mauritius’s most beautiful and varied natural landscapes; Bel Ombre, nestled in the foothills of the Black River Gorges National Park, is Mauritius’s newest, and greenest resort, offering activities from quad biking and golf to kitesurfing, and the beginning of a scenic drive along an untamed stretch of rocky coastline, where fishermen still sell their catch from roadside stalls.

 

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