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Sustainable Tourism

Mauritius Eco Tourism activities

Due to the fact that tourism has become vital for Mauritius’s economy it is important that the government and the industry is committed to making a low impact on the environment and being sustainable for local culture. In addition sustainable tourism helps to protect and preserve the natural environment through activities such as eco-tourism. Sustainable tourism also ensures that development is a positive experience for local people, tourism companies, and tourists themselves. Eco-tourism can be defined as a sub-category of sustainable tourism.

Sustainable travel goes in both directions, when Mauritians plan to travel, even to neighbouring islands like Rodrigues, Reunion and Seychelles, they should be encouraged to not harm the natural and cultural environments.

Beautiful garden of Chateau de LabourdonnaisIn the shade of centuries-old orchards, the “Château de Labourdonnais”, built between 1856 and 1859 by Christian Wiehe and beautifully restored between 2006 and 2010, traces the footsteps of a family who lived in a bygone era. This privately owned estate known as “Domaine de Labourdonnais” was founded in 1774 and encompasses a magnificent 5540 hectares of land bordered by lush sugar cane fields in the north of the island, just 20 minutes from the capital Port Louis. The grand mansion is a monument of history and since its conversion into a museum, invites visitors to discover the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle.

The Crocodile Park of MauritiusLa Vanille Nature Park in the wild south of Mauritius was created in 1985 and is situated in a magnificent natural environment of 3.5 hectares with lush giant bamboo, banana trees and coconut palms. The nature park is actively involved in conservation efforts to preserve a variety of flora and fauna that are under threat through habitat protection, captive breeding for later reintroduction into the wild and farming to reduce the demand for wild-caught animals. La Vanille is involved in all three of these conservation areas. The nature park is famous in particular for its fantastic Nile crocodiles and giant tortoises. There is also a small interactive farm with goats, sheep, and geese.

View of Chamarel Seven Coloured EarthThe Chamarel Adventure Park, nestled in a subtropical forest of 12 hectares, offers a new concept of recreational and sports activities for all levels and all tastes. Visitors can experience a range of adventure activities in the heart of the forest, venturing across spectacular plank bridges, zip lines and climbing nets. Mountain biking is also an option through the seven coloured earths of Chamarel, through to plantations of bananas, coffee and sugar cane, via graceful waterfalls and stunning views of the South. A little further afield you can try sea kayaking around "Ile aux Bénitiers" with its gorgeous turquoise lagoon and "Ile d’Ambre", with its mangrove that opens onto small intimate beaches, presenting yet another opportunity to enjoy nature at its best.