Discover historic Mahébourg and the exotic La Vallée de Ferney nature reserve on this 8-hour tour. As you travel by air-conditioned coach, explore Mahébourg and see its Old Naval Museum and traditional market. Visit the Rault Biscuit Factory to see how its cassava cookies are made, and then continue to La Vallée de Ferney. After an outdoor lunch, see the native giant tortoises and trek through the rainforests look for rare flora and species such as the Mauritian kestrel. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
Begin your small-group tour with a pickup from your hotel in the north, east, west or south of Mauritius and travel by air-conditioned coach to Mahébourg, on the southeast coast.When you arrive, admire Mahébourg’s colorful buildings and listen to the background on its history. Hear how the town was founded in the early 1800s and named after the French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais.Your first stop is the Old Naval Museum, set in a beautiful colonial mansion. Head inside to see the displays on the 1810 sea battle between the French and English, and peer at the displayed bones of the dodo, the island’s famously extinct bird, as well as other exhibits.Continue to Rault Biscuit Factory to discover how the island’s beloved cookies are made from cassava using a 19th-century recipe. After your tour, sample some of the cookies with a refreshing cup of tea.Walk across Cavendish Bridge and pass through Mahébourg’s bustling outdoor market. View the food, spice and trinkets stalls and perhaps shop for souvenirs in the shape of handicrafts and other wares.Continue to La Vallée de Ferney, a nature reserve set up to preserve Mauritius’ native rain forests. See the visitor center and enjoy a classic Mauritian lunch at an outdoor restaurant before your 1.5-hour trek.With a reserve guide, see Ferney’s giant tortoises as you follow a trail deep into the forest. Stop to learn about the flora and fauna, and watch for species such as the endangered Mauritian kestrel, one of the world’s rarest birds, and the elusive flying fox.After your trek, grab the opportunity to plant a native tree in support of the reserve and then end your experience with a hotel drop-off.