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Le Domaine Du Chasseur

Duration: Half Day

le domaine du chasseur

A pearl in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a place of exquisite natural beauty. As soon as you set foot on the island you are greeted with white sandy beaches fringed by swaying palms and surrounded by sparkling turquoise lagoons. Inland, the landscapes comprise sugar cane fields, mountainous terrain and tropical forests, which host a number of beautiful nature reserves.

Because of the island’s isolation, Mauritius has a relatively low diversity of wildlife, but many of its species are endemic, found naturally nowhere else in the world. This tour provides an ideal chance for you to get close to nature during your holiday in Mauritius as you explore the 1000-acre wildlife reserve of Le Domaine du Chasseur, one of the last indigenous forests in the country.

Nestled in the hills at Anse Jonchée on the south-east of the island, Le Domaine du Chasseur (meaning Hunter's Domain) is a private nature reserve and old hunting grounds. Over 300 years ago, the Dutch introduced Java deer to this part of the island as they came onto shore, bringing the animals with them. The deer happily settled here and continued to stay on the island when the Dutch left, claiming Mauritius as their own land. Once popular with private hunting parties, the park now promotes eco tourism, targeting "green" tourists and nature lovers who appreciate the importance of wildlife conservation.

Located high in the hills, amidst lush vegetation such as palm trees, spice plants, revenala, ebony, eucalyptus, wild orchids and other native tropical flora, this beautiful indigenous forest is an important habitat for many rare endemic species such as the Mauritian Kestrel, Mauritius Parakeet and Pink Pigeon, as well as more common species such as the Mauritius Grey White-Eye, Mauritius Cuckoo Shrike and Zebra Dove. A large variety of other bird species can also be spotted here, and you are likely to see animals such as monkeys, wild boars, hares and Java deer, which have been reared here for centuries.

A popular place for trekkers, visitors can explore 30 km of nature trails throughout the forest, which run past waterfalls and scenic spots where you can relax and take photos. Panoramic views of the island and coastline can be enjoyed in the highest parts of the reserve. Mountain biking and quad biking is also available in the park, and after all that exercise and fresh air you can enjoy a hearty meal in the Domaine du Chasseur restaurant.

Located at the top of the mountain, visitors can marvel at beautiful views of the Indian Ocean and the lush green valley below as they dine. Speciality cuisine includes seafood and traditional game dishes. This tour is a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of Mauritius’ landscapes and wildlife, whilst supporting the island’s important conservation efforts.

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