SSR Botanical Garden
Located in the North of the island, the Botanical garden is known worldwide for its wide diversity of plants and is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. The garden, named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first prime minister of Mauritius, was opened by Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1735 as a vegetable plot for his “Mon Plaisir Château”. He cultivated a lot of different species of plants including medicinal plants.
In 1767, the garden was under the responsibility of the French horticulturalist Pierre Poivre who introduced spices and tropical plants.
The garden covers an area of 37 hectares. Enjoy a walk through this impressive botanical garden to admire its diversity of plants. It is the habitat of 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from all around the world, as well as medicinal plants, fish ponds, and an impressive collection of Queen Victoria water lilies.
One of main feature of the garden of the pond filled with giant Victoria amazonica water lilies, native to South America. It also houses an abundant birdlife. You will come across deers and some giant aldabra tortoises near the park’s northern exit, close to the chateau.
Nearby the funerary platform where Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was cremated, many trees have been planted in the surrounding by celebrities namely Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi and some British royal family members among others.
Discover the beauty of the SSR Botanical Garden with our guide to learn the history of the garden and its diversity of flora.