Mauritius - Pamplemousses
04.05.2014 - 04.05.2014 27 °C
Today we took a trip to the Botanical Gardens in a town called Pamplemousses.
The gardens are very green (rather than colourful) and you really need to join a guided tour to make the most of them.
We saw (and smelt the leaves of) lots of different plants such as Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, 3 spice, Ylang Ylang and Camphour.
Like Kew Gardens, they have a palm that grows for 60 years, flowers once and then dies.
Here are a few photos of some of the trees.
There are several lily ponds including the famous pond - the lily pads grow up to one metre in diameter in 2 weeks and can support the weight of a baby. The flowers last one day, they are white in the morning and pink in the afternoon.
The gardens also have fruit bats, an enclosure for giant tortoises and a deer pen.
We got back to the hotel mid-afternoon and took a pedalo out for an hour and the spent some time in the sea.