Recognized as the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden was built in 1770 and stretches over some 37 hectares of land. The park is known for its massive pond of giant water lilies, while its lush gardens include species like ebony trees and sugar cane that serve as a reminder of the nation’s colonial influences, as well as plants from Central America, Asia and Africa, too. Visitors say that the sheer variety of plant species make Pamplemousses Botanical Garden worth the visit but most agree that the grounds are in need of a bit of an update.
The gardens are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The site is located east of the B18 and north of the A2 highway near Port Louis, about seven miles northeast of the capital in the village of Pamplemousses. Travelers warn there’s no place to eat or drink in the park, so be sure to pack water for the visit.