12 days

From £3,095

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The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is only the size of the county of Surrey, yet it is blessed with a rich and diverse flora and fauna, and is home to some of the rarest plants and creatures in the world. Caressed by a benign climate and light but regular rainfall, virgin forests and coastal lands provide ideal habitats for myriad species, many of them unique to the island – of the 1000 or so plants indigenous to Mauritius, about 300 are totally unique. In the mountain reserve at Le Petrin, for example, we will find many endemic plants such as the starfish-like yellow Roussea and the scarlet-belled Trochetia, all set among dainty ferns and mosses. Elsewhere our exploration will reveal trees once thought extinct, like the pink flowered wild Hibiscus, and a species of palm that is the last of its kind in the world. At the splendidly-named Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden at Pamplemousses, we will see giant waterlilies, Victoria amazonica, with their white and pink flowers and 1.5m diameter leaves, as well as sacred scented lotus, colourful Cannas and Heliconias and numerous palm avenues and tropical trees. At L’Ile aux Aigrettes Reserve we will witness outstanding conservation work with almost extinct flora and fauna, while in the hills of the Black River Gorges National Park we will enjoy dramatic views over tropical forest. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters and soak up the local culture, with its European, Indian and African influences.

Tour led by: Our November 2022 tour will be led by Colin Crosbie, who was the Head Gardener to Her Majesty The Queen Mother in Windsor prior to taking up the position of Curator at RHS Garden Wisley. His extensive horticultural knowledge and experience coupled with his good humour have established him as one of Brightwater’s most popular guides.

Tour highlights:

  • Giant tortoises at La Vanille
  • Giant waterlillies at Pamplemouse
  • Rare trees and exotic birds in the Black River Gorges
  • A taste of local rum at Labourdonnais
  • Relaxing in a luxurious resort hotel and bathing in the wonderfully warm water of the Indian Ocean

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Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £495

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  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
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  • COVID-testing and training for tour staff
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Black River Gorge
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  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
14 November 2022 BMAU221114 14 November 2022 (Monday) 25 November 2022 (Friday) Colin Crosbie £2,995
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29 March 2023 BMAU230329 29 March 2023 (Wednesday) 9 April 2023 (Sunday) £3,095
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£200 £495 Book your trip
15 November 2023 BMAU231115 15 November 2023 (Wednesday) 26 November 2023 (Sunday) £3,095
(inc. flights)
£200 £495 Book your trip
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