Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in Mauritius is unique one in it's own kind. One can trace some of the finest species of birds and animals as well as trees and flowers that are now extinct like lovely giant lilies that lure tourists from faraway places. This garden is also sometimes known as Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. It covers an approximate area of 37 hectares and was designed by Mr. Pierre Poivre. Being one of the oldest and most beautiful botanical garden in Africa, it gives tough competition to other famous gardens of the world. It is a must visit on a family trip, and the best is to reach the place early in the morning and check in into a comfortable accommodation in close vicinity. As you will walk towards the north-east region of Port Louis this famous garden will take you into it's enchanting embrace. Here you will find great variety of plants and trees out of which few were planted by renowned dignitaries and leaders. The flora and fauna of the garden is strikingly remarkable and one could hop around the place stopping in between to read and gather information from the notice boards. One could also hire services of a guide for a small fee.
He would be there with you throughout the entire trip and would acquaint you with all the details of the garden. It would be interesting to click pictures of 650 varieties of plants and keep them preserved in personal records. The variety of plants range from flowery plants to medicinal herbs, sugarcane to spices. A variety of more than 80 palm trees from Asia, Africa and Central America could be found here which provide soothing shade from the sun. Some trees have trunks and branches in peculiar shapes. Another exciting attraction of the place is the beautiful pond of giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies. These are large in shape and their leaves grow up to 6 feet in diameter. These flowers are in white colour when they boom on the first day and turn pink on the second day. Nearby, one can easily spot the water fountain shaped like a lotus flower. This fountain is dedicated to the first prime minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. Along with trees, flowers, fountains and many more things, this garden is a home to many birds and animals.
If we talk about the history of this garden, it was initially the property of the former French governor of Mauritius, Mahe de La Bourdonnas, who created this with the intention to replenish the supply of vegetables to his family and people of the town. The garden was also a nursery for plants that were imported from Asia, Europe, and South America. Later, ornamental trees were planted and many spices were cultivated. The garden also provides accommodation to a large number of giant tortoises who weigh more than 550 pounds (males) and their life span covers more than 100 years. The huge elegant gates of the garden are a matter of pride for the people who visit the garden as these gates actually won at International Exhibition of London's Crystal Palace in 1862.
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is open on all seven days of the week.