Domaine de L’Etoile
Who does not know the legend of Paul and Virginie? A story like Romeo and Juliette.
In 1972 the bestseller of the french Saint-Pierre was filmed on Mauritius. 30 years later the Domaine de L’Etoile opened its gates which was the original set for the film of Mauritius’ legendary love story. The unique landscapes are no fake but reality. The wooden cabin with its fantastic veranda were build specially for the film and opened its gates for visitors in 2002 to share the glamorous flora and fauna of the nature park with nature fans and adventures. Mauritius does not only offer beautiful beaches and sites but also impressive green nature which can be admire in the Domaine de L’Etoile. It does not matter if you hike through the reserve, take a mountain bike, quad bike or ride on the horse, to explore. This nature reserve has to been seen.
You will past big plantations where people still work by hand and use sickle and wicker baskets to harvest and transport the sugar cane. It leaves a permanent impression to watch the women following their work. From up the mountains you will have an incredible view over an unbelievable big piece of land. The view extends from Mahebourg over to Moka and over and above this.
The one-site guides are communicative and talk about the history of the site, the meaning of this nature reserve and give a lot of geographic information in a very interesting way.
Depending on the tour you will get a very nice lunch before beginning the tour. It is nice to sit together and share the experiences or just anticipating what will happen in the next few hours. Each tour will take about 2 hours and can be connected with other tours if wished.
The Domaine de L’Etoile does not only offer hikes and tours but also many other attractive activities. For example the archery on plastic animals. It does not hurt anyone but it seems to be a real experience. The animals are hiding in high grass, behind thick branches or large spaces so that the hunt and the difficulty will increase the fun factor.
In this region you will also find the nature reserve “La Vallée de Ferney“ which is over 4000 hectares big and is considered to be a conservatory. 200 hectares can be visited by foot with a guide. This is a true nature spectacle.
Also the viewing platform “Falaise Rouge” belongs to this district on the east coast of Mauritius. In this place in the middle of Grand Port the battle of the English and French was fought here in 1810. Tours to this place will only be visited if there is a special request and are mostly connected with a visit to Domaine de L’Etoile.
Tel: (00230) 729 1050