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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  • tinokaartovuori
    Tampere, Finland15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Garden with a Variety of Plants and Large Fruit Bats
    Highly Recommend Getting a Guide for the Full Experience! Our elderly guide was very knowledgeable and provided interesting information about the plants, allowing us to touch and smell different things. He even shared the history of Mauritius with us. Without the guide, we would have missed out on so much. The garden is definitely worth a visit, and the guided tour made it even more special.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Emma W
    Manchester, United Kingdom80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take insect repellant and lots of it!
    We arrived early which was handy as the car park was getting very busy and it was quite hot when we left. The entrance fee is not expensive and it is definitely worth joining a guided tour, which was 75 rupees I think, and made our visit a different experience than we would have had just wandering around clueless! Only drawback is the mosquitoes that ate me alive!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Bhaves P
    Perth, Australia66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing stroll under the shaded canopy.
    Relaxing place to stretch the legs and take in some fresh air. Be sue to go to the deer and turtle pen first and then explore the rest of the garden under the shaded paths provided by the canopy. Unless your into your plants the only thing to look out for are the Lilly pond and the lotus flowers when in full bloom.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • darshini a
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational Tour
    The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is the oldest garden in the southern hemisphere. Being big enough, a guided tour is highly recommended. We were lucky enough to have Akher as our guide. He has an amazing knowledge and a fantastic sense of humour. He showed us the most important plants and give us detailed information of the garden as well as the history of Mauritius. It was worth the visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 5 April 2023
  • tiz2020
    Peterborough, United Kingdom57 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok if you like gardens
    We visited here as part of a tour. Make sure you have mosquito repellent on. We went all holiday without being bitten but left here with lots of bites. It's interesting if you like gardens. We had a guide which without you most likely wouldn't know what you was looking at
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Bronwen L
    Cape Town, South Africa186 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
    181 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, Spain143 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 Kingdom25 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, Singapore6,509 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
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saneliswanomaswazi
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Botanical Garden was beautiful.
The tour guide was very informative we learnt alot about the diffrent trees and plants.

We also saw alot of fruit bats which was very interesting
Written 22 February 2024
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Carol H
Northampton, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Overall we were disappointed.

If you love trees and lillies, linked to their history in the garden, then you may love this place. It was nice to get away from some of the high temperatures and go for a pleasant walk in nice surroundings.

Very disappointed in the fact that there was not a turtle to be seen, the toilets were just about OK (take some tissue with you as there wasn't any when we went) and drinks were not not available, so again take your own.

It wasn't expensive (300rs - 6€) so not a rip off.

Having been to the Hidden Garden in Marrakesh, which was so nice, we were expecting better.
Written 16 February 2024
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Richard P
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very disappointing. 300 Rupees each to get in. Very badly kept, the monument to SSR being in a particularly poor state. Rubbish, debris and broken signage found throughout the gardens. There was a medicinal garden which would have been interesting but it was overgrown with weeds. Similarly, the spice garden was cordened off and badly in need of renovation. The giant lilies were overgrown, many were dead or dying. This could be a jewel in the Mauritian crown, but desperately needs investment to bring it back to its former glory, as intimated in its publicity photos.
Written 11 February 2024
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MELO1303
Nottingham, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had about two hours at the end of a day’s sightseeing so didn’t get to explore everywhere in the gardens but what we saw was beautiful. There was a lot of damage from two recent cyclones but this can’t be helped and you could see a clean up had begun. It was beautiful to wander, the only thing spoiling our experience was the tour guides at the entrance who didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer and persisted in trying to bully us into taking a tour. This only made us more determined not to do it and it all got abit awkward
Written 8 February 2024
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annsworldtour
Tamworth, UK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
An attractive place where hours could be spent or alternatively provides a venue for an hours walk in pleasant surroundings
Plenty of trees and plants to see but a pity that they were not labelled with their identity
We enjoyed the facilities as part of a tour of part of the island at what was a reasonable charge
Written 30 January 2024
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Emma C
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very disappointing. 300 Rupees each to get in. One map at the entrance but after that nothing, just had to wonder with little information on any trees or plants. Very badly kept. Rubbish and plastic bottles found throughout the gardens. There was a medicinal garden which would have been interesting but it was overgrown with weeds. The lilies were brown and didn’t look very well and then the giant lilies were a bit better but again a few dying brown ones and they are supposed to grow to 3 meters in diameter when healthy according to their sign but they were about 1 meter in diameter. Still nice to see but not worth the trip, the time or the entry fee. Really very disappointed.
Written 29 January 2024
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IS T
Ely, UK395 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The car parking is free and easy to navigate. Paying can be by card. You can opt for a guided tour but we asked for a map and ventured easily around the gardens. The walking is lovely under the trees and the pond wildlife great to watch. Take plenty of water etc as no on-site snack areas. Toilet facilities are fine. The lily pond is beautiful! Shame the signage on key plants are no longer visible or defaced.Enjoyable few hours spent.
Written 13 January 2024
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CaptAnkurDhillon
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Weather was very warm so we couldn’t spend much time .
Good to see big old trees and giant tortoises .
It was an average experience , nothing great .
300 Mauritius Rupee per person above 5 year of age .
Written 8 January 2024
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Gerlyn G
Birmingham, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Good historical place to visit! Beautiful trees planted by different head of states and the trees are from different countries. Worth of visiting and well recommend
Written 3 January 2024
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Solo027
London, UK11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A nice place but clearly not well maintained. Cheap entry but no maps or literature is provided on entry, and you do need to pay for a guide to make the most of the experience given it's a big place.
Written 1 January 2024
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