In the south of Mauritius island, one can travel to Savanne district. The highlights of the area include the tea plantations, Grand Bassin lake and temple, and the Black River Gorges National Park. A car is definitely necessary to get around as distances between sights are too far to walk or cycle. One of the highlights was tea tasting at the Bois Cheri plantation. Interestingly, the Grand Bassin Lake has some water from the Ganges in India, so it is considered a sacred place. Finally, the views of the Black River Gorge and Alexandra Falls is stunning on a clear day.
- La Route du Thé
- Bois Cheri Tea Factory
- Grand Bassin and Temple
- Black River Gorges National Park
- Alexandra Falls
Before you go
- If you are not hiring a car, then book a taxi in advance to get a quote for the stops you want to make along the way
- Grand Bassin Temple is a holy area for Hindus
- Getting around the area, it is possible to go by taxi and have the driver wait for you at different places, or hire a car
My stay in the Savanne region was quite short, and mostly focused on seeing the natural sights. However, one beverage to try in the area is the local tea. I visited the Bois Cheri tea plantation and did a tea tasting. All of the flavours were delicious, and I took quite a few boxes home.
Q: Do I need a tour guide?
A: No, it is easy to find your way to the sights. However, the distances are far so you may need a car or taxi to get around.
Q: Do people speak English?
A: Yes, almost everyone speaks English
Q: Is it a walkable city?
A: No, the distances around the region are far, so you may need a car or taxi to get around.
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