Curepipe Botanic Garden, Curepipe

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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Nice garden found on botanical garden road, you have nice supermarket nearby like Intermart, I would definitely recommend if you have young kids.  more »
  • Many famous species are found there, and this place give the good image of Curepipe. Curepipe is known as the most refleshing place in Mauritius, so is the Botanical garden there.  more »
  • 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 »
Google
  • For those who love nature. Relaxing and lovely place but...the only problem is that this place is used for flirting as well, not having to go through details.
  • Over the years, the government of Mauritius has neglected this botanical garden. My rating is based on previous maintenance. Still worth a visit.
  • Really relaxing park. Nice mix of groomed areas and more wild corners. Perfect to enjoy a refreshment after hiking up the volcano nearby. There was also an ice cream truck when I was there! :)
  • Great place for a walk. Specially in summer. Love the trees.
  • Well worth having a guided tour!