How to Visit Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius

If you think that Mauritius is just about idyllic tropical beaches think again. This Indian Ocean island has an array of biodiversity, showcased in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden.

Officially known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (or SSR Garden for short), this is a must-see attraction in Mauritius. It was my favourite place on the island and worth tearing myself away from the beach for an afternoon.

Get the lowdown with my guide describing how to visit Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in Mauritius.

still pond with lush vegetation reflected in water seen during a visit pamplemousses botanical garden

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pamplemousses botanical garden: practical information

pathway lined with orange trees leading to stone gateway

ADDRESS: Royal Road, Pamplemousses, Mauritius

OPENING HOURS: 08.30 to 17.30 daily

TICKET PRICE (2024): 300 MUR. Cash and cards accepted.

GUIDED TOURS: Authorised guides are available for an extra charge (75 MUR per visitor in 2024)

About Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

small island and a foorbridge reflected in a pond at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Southern Hemisphere. It was founded in 1736 during Mauritius’ colonial period.

Originally established as a private garden by Pierre Poivre, a French horticulturist, it became a national botanical garden during the British colonial era. It spans 37 hectares and has an extensive collection of indigenous and exotic plant species.

The garden is named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, a key figure in the country’s political history.

How to Get to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

avenue of tall palm tress

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is located in the district of Pamplemousses, a 20-minute drive northeast of Port Louis, the island’s capital (map location here). You can get there on a guided tour by rental car, taxi or public bus.

On a guided tour – I visited Pamplemousses Garden as part of this affordable private tour of northern Mauritius.

By rental car – this provides the most flexibility and convenience. Car rental agencies are available at the airport and in major tourist areas. Parking is free at the garden.

By taxi – if you’re staying in Port Louis or in one of the resorts in the north of the island, consider taking a taxi to Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Your hotel should be able to arrange this for you or negotiate a price directly with the driver.

On public bus – this is the cheapest option and several routes connect Port Louis to Pamplemousses. You can check bus timetables here.

There are bus services from other resort towns on the island’s west coast, such as Grand Baie and Trou Aux Biches. However, as services are infrequent and slow, I abandoned any plans of trying to make it to the SSR Garden on public transport.

close up of fruit hahging from a tree

What to See on Your Visit to Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

You’ll be given a useful map when you buy your ticket, which indicates points of interest and helps you navigate the garden. These are my highlights of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden but keep an eye out for its interesting flora and fauna. These include talipot palms, baobab trees and several sunbathing ducks.

duck and 3 ducklings at side of pond

Giant Water Lilies

long rectangular pond with giant waterlilies

The much-photographed Victoria Amazonica, or giant water lilies, are Pamplemousses Botanical Garden’s best-known sight. Their colossal, circular leaves reach up to 10 feet in diameter and the upturned edges create a natural basin to capture water.

Bust of Pierre Poivre

stone bust of Pierre Poivre

You can meet the man who established Pamplemousses Botanical Garden at the northern end of the giant water lilies pond.

White Lotus Pond

tall white lotus flowers

The White Lotus Pond is a serene oasis, its still waters reflecting the elegance of lotus flowers.

Animal Corner

a stag standing in water

This was my favourite spot in Pamplemousses Botanical Garden.

I watched deer (Cervus timorensis) having the time of their lives cooling off in muddy puddles. It’s also home to vibrant birds and butterflies and a group of giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantean).

3 giant tortoise

Chateau de Mon Plaisir

2-storey colonial building with green doors and shutters

This colonial-style two-storey building was constructed in 1823. It once served as the residence of various prominent figures in Mauritius’ history and was designated an Ancient Monument in the second half of the 20th Century.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial

stone memorial to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam in Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Opposite Chateau de Mon Plaisir is this memorial to Mauritius’ founding father. He was the first Prime Minister of Mauritius and a key figure in the country’s struggle for independence from British colonial rule.

Model of an old sugar mill

model of an old sugar mill

The fortunes of Mauritius are bound to its sugar cane industry and this is represented by a model of an early sugar mill near the garden’s main entrance. This replica was created by the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture in 1953.


Thank you for reading my guide to Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

It is 100% worth visiting.

Apart from its botanical significance, the garden also holds cultural and historical importance, featuring landmarks and monuments that reflect Mauritius’ heritage. It serves as a living museum, preserving not only the island’s flora but also contributing to conservation efforts and education about the importance of biodiversity.

If you want to find out more about this lovely Indian Ocean island, I’ve put together this short article on what to know about Mauritius before you go. Check out my other awesome places to visit in my guide to solo travel in Mauritius. To help you pick your perfect hotel, I also have a review of SALT of Palmar and what it was like to stay at Westin Turtle Bay.

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