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SSR Botanic Garden

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Address: Royal Road, Parc, Pamplemousses, Mauritius 21003
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08:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) covers an area of...

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) covers an area of about 37.5 hectares constituting of various attractions in terms of flora and fauna of both terrestrial and aquatic origins. The origin of the SSRBG dates back to the French period. In 1736, the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, chose to set up his domain around the present Main Gate of the garden. In 1767 the French Intendant Pierre Poivre, the creator of the garden, introduced vegetables, fruits, flowers and spices from all over the world. It is the oldest Botanic Garden of the southern hemisphere.

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Amazing place but guides a disgrace

I went there with my daughter visiting from Newcastle. We wanted a guide and were happy to pay for the service ... we were asked to go look at the tortoises and wait for more... read more

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43 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went there with my daughter visiting from Newcastle. We wanted a guide and were happy to pay for the service ... we were asked to go look at the tortoises and wait for more people to join the group... Eventually another couple joined The guide proceeded to do the visit in ITALIAN even though we clearly asked for English.... More 

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Botanical Garden is unique place to visit. In comparison with some other attractions in Mauritius they are ready also for disabled visitors. As our friend had issue to walk longer distance we were looking for places to visit. Web page of the garden gives you clear instructions what are your options and when you arrive to the ticket desk, they... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here on a rainy afternoon, we took umbrellas! We had a guide which was great as he took us to the key parts of the gardens and explained lots. He lucked up leaves along the way for us to smell and identify the types of trees they were from. We only spent about an hour here but could... More 

Thank Kate S
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent just over an hour walking the gardens. Don't expect heavily manicured flowerbeds. The gardens are well marked with maps and very easy to walk around. If you are in the mood for some peaceful time, and an appreciation for some of what nature has to offer up on the island, this is the place for you. The trees... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my two friends booked The tropical spices trip via thomson, which includes visiting here and port louis. The gardens were really nice, there was loads of trees and flowers to see which resulted in me taking a lot of photos. I would recommend!

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the botanical gardens recently, and they were really lovely, it was an interesting tour with a knowledgable guide, but i think 2 hours here, is plenty of time, to see what you need

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did not use a tour guide at the entrance but walked around with the map and enjoyed the flora and fauna and tortoises. Beautiful grounds. Wear sunscreen.

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Delhi, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spread across 100 acres, this is a Government sponsored place. Few things are really worth seeing- Large Pink and White lotues, Giant Water Lilies, Talipot Trees and Boadad tree. Other interesting varities of Palms and Archachid species. But Signage for Exit, extensive labelling of flora-fauna (not limited to select few) and Om-Spot directions and Drinking water would be good. Park... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a very pleasant morning here. You may get a guy asking to "look after your car" in the car park, he was very proud to tell us how well he'd looked after it on our return, yes it is scam but we found it amusing. Do get a guide, ours was hilarious and very entertaining, if not a bit... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Reasonable entry fee £5 each adult. Car park is free. BEWARE the scam of being directed to a space to park before you have even entered the gardens and then being fleeced. Beautiful and unusual sights. A very pleasant walk or you can be taken around on a golf buggy with a guide (another £5). Take insect repellent! On the... More 

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