SSR Botanic Garden
SSR Botanic Garden
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8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) covers an area of about 37.5 hectares constituting of various attractions in terms of flora and fauna of both terrestrial and aquatic origins. The origin of the SSRBG dates back to the French period. In 1736, the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, chose to set up his domain around the present Main Gate of the garden. In 1767 the French Intendant Pierre Poivre, the creator of the garden, introduced vegetables, fruits, flowers and spices from all over the world. It is the oldest Botanic Garden of the southern hemisphere.
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  • Bronwen L
    Cape Town, South Africa180 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative guided tour
    We took a guided tour which was most informative. Our guide told us so many interesting facts about the plants we were seeing and encouraged us to smell and touch where this would enrich the experience. A great tour. My only reason for four instead of five stars is that there was some litter in some of the water features. This was sad to see and probably a result of picnickers who don't respect the environment.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Jo M
    182 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go on a sunny day.
    Visited about a week ago. Sadly the weather was poor, very rainy, which probably gave us a worse view of the place than maybe we might have had if it’d been lovely and sunny. We joined a small group with a guide as we’d read having a guide was a good idea. It would’ve been fine but within minutes another load of people joined so our group was about 20 people, mostly French speaking. The guide, therefore, spent most time speaking French and then repeating stuff in English. It wasn’t easy to understand him. He kept sheltering us in huts, which I understand, but it was for like 20/25 minutes at a time, which was so boring. The place seems nice enough and on a lovely sunny day is prob really enjoyable. We wished we had just gone it alone without the guide. Would say it’s worth a visit but in good weather and not sure bother with a guide unless you are lucky enough to be in a small group.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • dr_zito
    Madrid, Spain141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The only thing you need to make this a great visit!!
    We came here with our 3 children. They were upset as they are not great fans of plants, they rather see animals. To them, "it's all the same". So what we did was get 5 tickets for us and talk to one of the guides that are 1m away from the ticket desk. I got to speak to MANN, who is THE GUIDE to make the kids happy here. He is a huge guy with a nice hat and uses a bamboo stick to walk. I said to him that we needed to make this a great visit for our kids and he really delivered. They had the best 1.5h, were playing around, listening with full attention to what he was saying, and they loved this visit. So make sure you ask for him, tip him well (our private visit with him was 800 MUR and we gave him a good tip at the end). Good luck!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Kiren
    United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Giant water lillies
    Beautiful gardens with lots of trees and giant water lilies in pond. Costs 500rupees to visit for non Mauritian residents and free for residents. We felt it could be better maintained and tidied up if charging people to see it though. Otherwise you can easily spend a couple of hours here. Saw some tortoises and deer too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Andrew Goh
    Singapore, Singapore8,015 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor maintenance of the garden
    The botanical garden in Mauritius could improve its efforts in maintaining the plants, especially the famous water lily pond where the water appears milky, and some plants seem to be struggling. It's essential to acknowledge that these plants have been allowed to grow naturally in their own space. However, there are some magnificent old trees with beautifully surfaced roots. During my visit, I spotted ducklings on the pond and observed some animals from a distance. Unfortunately, there were no labels on the trees, but a map was provided to us when we purchased our tickets, guiding us throughout the trip. The garden offers a large compound, making it an ideal place for a 1-2 hour leisurely walk if you have spare time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Victoria996
    Chichester, United Kingdom260 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Disappointing Visit
    We were so looking forward to our visit to the Botanical Gardens and I hate to admit it was a disappointment. It has plenty of very old trees which could tell a story but sadly the place feels neglected. There is a pool full of lilies which have just been left to die with no water in and just some general weeding and picking up leaves and fallen branches would help! Never saw any gardeners but plenty of guides keen to have you join them as you went in. We decided to walk around on our own with a free map which was available when you paid, although you had to ask and were not automatically offered it. The deer and tortoises were in separate pens but there was no food down for either of them and no grass to graze. I sadly wouldn’t recommend this attraction.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Worldtravel1992
    United Kingdom866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go with a guide and you’ll learn lots!
    We visited as part of an excursion last week and throughly enjoyed our time here. We had paid for a visit with a guide and I can’t stress enough how much the guide added to the whole experience - without him the gardens would definitely not have been as interesting. However, as we did have a guide we were told lots of information about the plants, the garden’s history and general facts, it was brilliant! Lots of different plants and trees to see, I think it helped that I like gardens… if you’re not in to plants this probably isn’t for you.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Wendie S
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit garden
    This is a lovely garden full of tropical delights. Do take a guide it's not expensive and they will point out lots of things you wouldn't otherwise notice . No need to book there are guides at the entrance all official in uniform etc and speaking good English as well as French
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • superj1978
    Portland, Australia245 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely lush gardens and great for a casual stroll.
    Lovely lush gardens! Nice paths and easy map to navigate around. It was (naturally) a warm day when we visited. We opted without a guide. I don’t think it’s needed. Had a lovely wander appreciating the beauty of special things I don’t normally see, like the lotus flowers and oversized water lillies.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • johnmU6773WG
    London, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    The gardens are beautiful with interesting trees and lovely Lilly ponds. The giant Lilly pads are worth a look. Fruit bats circling above with bird life abundant. The memorial to SSR was disappointing as the water pool was nearly empty and no fountain.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 November 2023
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parkie1957
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Reachable easily from Grand Baie, Mont Choisy & Troux aux Biches by very cheap local Triolet bus - you need to allow 3 hours to enjoy this wonderful oasis of trees in Pamplemousse.
We went in June (winter in Mauritius) and did not see many flowers, but all the different spectacular tree & palms as well as the Giant lily pads and walks along the river, and sitting in shaded rest area ‘huts’ made for a wonderful trip.
There are some giant tortoises and deer there too
Written 15 June 2024
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Sarah
Gravesend, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The gardens are lovely and we had a good tour guide to take us round. But this place has a hidden dirty secret
Poor animal welfare, the enclosure where the deer live is far too small, there was no food and the water was disgusting, deer graze and there was nothing for them to graze on. One poor deer had bald patches on her back,. These are vast green open areas why can’t these poor creatures have bigger enclosures? . Also, the tortoises, the enclosure is far too small for the number of them and no decent food. I am sorry this is animal cruelty and these poor creatures do not need to be treated this way, they need to be cared for properly.
I am appalled SSR Botanical Gardens for your treatment of animals.
Written 5 June 2024
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colinleslie
Cambridgeshire, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A well maintained botanical garden in the North East of Mauritius, we went at the right time of the year to enjoy green swathes between a multitude of trees and grass land. The crowning glory was the Lily lake (which I had seen two decades ago in September) when the giant lilies were past their best. Worth a visit
Written 1 June 2024
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simonesec2024
Augsburg, Germany6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very nice place, calm and not many tourists. The highlight are the big leaves and the palms. We need 1-2 hours to visit the Park.
Written 29 May 2024
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travelblaster42
Victoria, Canada164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
It’s 300RS a person which is reasonable. Free for Mauritian citizens. Lots of cool trees and foliage. An enclosure for deer (a bit small) as well as tortoises. The crowning jewel is the giant water lilies which is very unique and photogenic. All members of our party enjoyed the time spent here

However, the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 is that there is a bit of unfulfilled potential. There are some dead of dying trees that need to be cleared. Signage is poor. Some garbage in the rivers. I think this could easily be 5 stars and is close but there is room to improve

All in all I would recommend this place if you love nature and greenery
Written 24 May 2024
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Markybug73
Perth, UK212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a nice spot for a hour or so, you don't get to see a huge part of the garden, but enough to get a feel for it. Again this was a stop off on our TUI day trip. plenty of photo opportunities at the gardens water features.
Written 19 May 2024
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seahorsenursery77
London, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Mixed reviews so we nearly didn’t go but it is a lovely oasis in a hot climate. Huge variety of stunning trees to calm one’s soul. We are an intergenerational family from tots to grandparents so there was something for each of us. It is well kept with some areas a little wilder which adds to the variety. The lily pond is stunning. Would have liked to have spent longer there- just pottering amongst the vegetation. Children were very happy as able to run about and touch lots of different textures - no plastic playpark thank goodness - although there are enclosures with deer and tortoises. More fun is to spot brightly coloured lizards etc in the wild
Written 15 May 2024
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Janine P
Red Deer, Canada3,195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We self drove and had free parking for the gardens. Entrance is to the right of the lot, and payment was 300/adult. If you pay cash, bring bills smaller than 1000. Once in the park, be prepared to be approached to hire a guide for 75/person. We were told the English tour had just started so ran to join in. Guide did speak English, but mostly French. Learned a lot as we made our way around the park. Guided tour is about an hour. You are free to wander on your own.
Written 29 April 2024
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Christopher B
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Lovely gardens. If you don't take the tour the guides are flat out rude. One told us to 'Get Out' when we said we were happy to not have a guided tour.
Written 5 April 2024
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Victoria Greenough
Brighton, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a lovely way to while away a few hours. The site is pretty big and if it’s been rainy, make sure you take big spray.

There are lots of interesting trees including several varieties of palm and many spice trees. There are also some fruit bats who enjoy the coconut palms, which you can see when you visit. The highlight has to be the lily pond. Just fantastic!
Written 4 April 2024
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