Curepipe Botanic Garden, Curepipe

(3.1/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
Curepipe Botanic Gardens in Route des Jardins, Curepipe, is the second largest botanical garden in Mauritius.It has a relatively informal layout, and contains a river, lake and the world's rarest palm tree among other attractions.History and compositionThe gardens were established in 1870, with the initial goal of cultivating several varieties of plants that could not get acclimatized in the less temperate regions of the island .The gardens were initially furnished with a rich collection of exotic plants which have been introduced to Mauritius as ornamentals, especially Rhododendrons, Camphors and a range of exotic fruit trees. Azaleas, on the coat of arms of Curepipe, also grace the garden. However it now also boasts a small but growing collection of the rarest and most endangered endemic plants of Mauritius.In the mid 1980s, the garden was named "Sir Seewoosagar Botanical Garden" after Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritius's first post-independence Prime Minister. A similarly-named botanical garden to the north in Pamplemousses, is also named after the same statesman. However the Curepipe Gardens are significantly smaller and cooler in temperature, with a more informal layout.LayoutEntrance to the garden is free.It covers an area of roughly 27 acres, and is situated about 2 km to the west of the Curepipe town centre in Route des Jardins. The main entrance is on Botanical Garden Street at Les Casernes, and a secondary entrance is located at Camp-Caval.The gardens are intersected by a river and a lake - set about with Nandia palms. There is also a gazebo, at which community events are sometimes hosted. This Victorian-style kiosk has a raised wooden board floor, designed specifically for acoustics to cater for the audiences which attended the early concerts.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is more of a "park" than a "botanical garden". We drove into the garden and it was not clear where we could park, but we found a spot by the roadside and that seemed to be OK, that's what everyon...  more »
  • The Park is relatively spacious and has to offer many different plants that thrive in this tropical climate. Through the numerous trees, there are also enough shade. Turtles can also in addition to the plants and other animals watch. These animals include numerous mosquitoes that enjoy a longer awkward fashion. The guides are friendly so long, until it is said that it would not participate in their tour. The Mr. turned for the moment and went on.
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  • Very nice little park with central basin. I regret that it is crossed by a road and the parking of vehicles by individuals who, doors open, put radio back etperturbent so the tranquility of the walkers who come to be quiet.
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  • Botanical garden? It shall get some more attention. It is a nice spot though but there is much more potential in this area.
  • Like it but not so much that's why just only 3 stars
  • I like the garden and it is a place where everybody can fishing
  • Too beautiful
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