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The South of Mauritius

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Mauritius south coastThe south is the wildest and less developed region of the island. Apart from Mahébourg and its surroundings, this region has remained untouched because of the absence of calm lagoons. The 'deep south' as it is sometimes called, is probably the unknown and forgotten side of coastal region of Mauritius with its high cliffs and raging seas. Gris Gris and Le Souffleur are two natural spots along this coastline that offer some breathtaking sights. At Souillac, a village named after the Vicompte of Souillac, there is the Robert Edouard Hart Musuem. This Mauritian poet and painter has written extensively on the island especially on the Southern coast. Not far from Souillac is Rochester Falls, one of the most beautiful warterfalls of Mauritius.
At Rivière des Anguilles in the South, the Vanilla Crocodile Park is home to crocodiles imported from Madagascar and other reptiles. One can also find other animals found in the forest of Mauritius like monkeys, wild boars, deer and tortoises.
Le Val Nature Park is another place for nature fanatics. Situated in a more central area, it is a peaceful haven for fish, tortoise, birds and monkeys and is blessed with a superb tropical vegetation and climate.
Mauritius le val nature parkIn the South-East of the island, the ruins of ancient fortifications constructed under the French bear witness of the many naval battles in this region of the island. Archaeologists have recently dug out the ruins of Fort Frederick Hendrick, built under the Dutch.
Mauritius domaine du chasseurThe 'Domaine du Chasseur' situated at Anse Jonchée in the South East of the island is made up of 900 hectares of hunting ground for wild animals such as deers, boars and monkeys. Bungalows are also rented and an exotic restaurant serves delicious Mauritian Cuisine. Next to it is the Domaine Ylang Ylang where the Ylang Ylang flower, used by perfumers, is cultivated. The hillside of the Domain, also offers an extraordinary view on this South Eastern part of the island. You can walk around this Domaine and enjoy the scent of Ylang Ylang and other aromatic plants that are distilled in the nearby distillery. There is also a rustic but pleasant restaurant where you can enjoy local Mauritian cuisine.
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Places to visits
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Port Louis
The inland towns
Rose Hill & Beau Bassin
Quatre Bornes
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The Central Plateau
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