Let me begin by telling you not to trust the weather forecast. Ever. A month before our trip to Mauritius I was checking the weather forecast every week (our trip was at the end of December) and I was horrified because it showed rain and thunderstorms pretty much every day. In addition, if it did not say anything about rain, it was just super cloudy. Fast forward to our trip during the last 10 days of December – nothing but sunshine and sunburn.
We stayed at a nice boutique hotel by the ocean. The food was great, little bit of Indian, little bit of Asian, lots of tasty fruits.
During our stay we went to the Casela Zoo, where we had a “Walk with lions”. It was a bit alarming that we had to sign a sheet of paper that said that if something were to happen to us, they were not responsible and we also had to leave the phone number of a close relative (in case something happens to us).
At the zoo there were lots of things to do. You could also enjoy the company of baby lions, walk through a big cage with even more lions, something like a safari throughout the zoo with different animals but this was mostly filled with families with children. The zoo was good in that it is the only zoo I have seen to provide so much space for the animals living there, which however meant that you might also not be able to see the animals, due to the vast space. It provided a lot of activities for people with children, however the walk with lions was not one of them.
We also took a Southwest trip around the island, during which we passed through Le Morne, La Prairie, and Macondé on the way to Chamarel in the Rivière Noire District.
Chamarel Waterfall, the country’s tallest, which plunges 328 feet (100 meters) against a natural backdrop.
Next stop – the Seven Coloured Earth, a rainbow of striated volcanic rocks.
We stopped at the La Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery, where we sampled the spirits and enjoyed a traditional Mauritian 3-course lunch.
Following lunch, we travelled to a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park, then the secluded Grand Bassin Lake and the enormous volcanic crater Trou aux Cerfs.
The day’s last stop was the shop of ship models, where we could see skilled craftswomen at work on ship miniatures, some of which take months.
One of the days we took a boat trip, where you could enjoy swimming with wild dolphins (as in, not in a dolphinarium, but in the ocean) which was awesome, especially the feeling of going further into the ocean. There were dozens of dolphins in the ocean that day and my husband said he even swam just over a mother dolphin with its baby playing around.