Mauritius' southern coast, known as Savanne, features some of the country's wildest and most attractive scenery. Here you'll find basalt cliffs, sheltered sandy coves, hidden falls and traditional fishing villages. Beyond the shoreline lie endless sugar-cane fields and dense forests that clothe the hillsides in a patchwork of vibrant greens. Long considered too harsh to develop due to its rugged topography, the region staved off developers until quite recently.
The hinterland has enough fascinating attractions to fill at least a day, with a wildlife park, some fine examples of colonial architecture and a take on the coloured-earth phenomenon, not to mention some fine hotels.
The region is devoid of any prominent towns save Rivière des Anguilles and Souillac. Both can be used as bases from which to explore the nearby parks and preserves, though we recommend staying elsewhere and visiting during a day trip in a private vehicle.