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Responsible and sustainable tourism in Mauritius

Monday, April 13, 2015
Responsible and sustainable tourism in Mauritius

Mauritius has been known as a luxury destination for quite some time now : beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and a variety of 5* resorts add to the upmarket reputation of this destination. But Mauritius has got more to offer.  Benefiting from the richness of its territory and the country’s efforts to preserve the pristine environment, the island is putting increased emphasis on green tourism, enticing visitors to discover the island differently and explore the beauty of its nature.

With two sites registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the  Morne Brabant and the Aapravasi Ghat (Immigration Depot), this little corner of paradise offers a number of nature reserves and parks, such as Ferney Valley or Casela Park.

The Mauritian authorities are re-thinking their approach to tourism in order to make the growing sector of the country’s industry more responsible and sustainable. They are determined to preserve the natural beauty of the flora and fauna of the island, and to carry out preventive work with tourist sector but also the local population.

These efforts have been rewarded, since at "Destination Nature" exhibition in Paris in March 2015, many eco-tourism activities in Mauritius have been greatly promoted, positioning Mauritius at the heart of this trend of the tourism industry.

Four Mauritian activities were particularly highlighted :

 

The Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel

A natural curiosity of the island, the “Terres de Chamarel” display 7 variations in color from ocher, to brown, red, green, yellow and purple and are a truly magnificent sight in an extraordinary setting.


The Orchards of Labourdonnais

In an extraordinary garden of 50 acres, a guide will take guests on either hiking or mountain bike outings, explaining the various fruit trees and exotic flowers along the way. The excursion will quickly transform into a cultural visit and tasty adventure.


Black River Gorge

The National Park of the Black River Gorge is the main eco-touristic attraction of the island. The vast 8000 ha property provides refuge for threatened wildlife species and flora of Mauritius.


Domaine de l’Etoile

One of the most unspoilt areas of the island of Mauritius with lush vegetation and beautiful, wild nature. Set on a 2,000 acre site, Domaine de l'Etoile is the place to go to get away with family, friends or as a couple. The Estate offers a variety of activities, such as archery, horse riding, quad biking, an adventure park for children, hikes etc.


Oazure also puts a lot of emphasis on the “green tourism” of Mauritius, and in addition to the rental of villas and beachfront houses, the catalog of activities dedicates an entire section to "eco-tourism" activities

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