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Day 26

Mauritius - Pamplemousses

semi-overcast 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.

Jack Fruit tree

Jack Fruit tree

Cannonball tree

Cannonball tree

Bleeding tree with red sap

Bleeding tree with red sap

Pinescrew tree

Pinescrew tree

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.

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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.

Posted by JenBuckley 08:51 Archived in Mauritius

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