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Seven Coloured Earths

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Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

1. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius. Stop at the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, where you can enjoy a panoramic view across almost the entire island. Visit the ship model factory in Curepipe where their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. You will then head to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus and make a short drive to the Black River Gorges and stop at the Black River View Point, to see the island’s endemic flora and fauna. Visit La Rhumerie de Chamarel to learn about the various stages involved in making the local rum, before tasting the end product! A delicious gourmet lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, the drive continues to Chamarel Village to admire the 90-meter high Chamarel Waterfall and curious 7-Coloured Earth, a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Take a winding drive to the southwest corner of Mauritius, and enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

2. Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

After the hotel pickup, you will be visiting the town of Curepipe and Floreal. You will visit the crater of Trou aux Cerfs and the Indu temple of Grand Bassin. Here you will have the chance to learn about the Indu culture and traditions and how they persist in modern Mauritius society. From here, you will then drive to Black River, where you will be able to admire fantastic landscapes and views of the mountains. Finally you will be travelling to Chamarel, where you will visit the Waterfalls, the park of Seven coloured Earths, and pay a visit to the Giant turtles in the park. From here you will be driving back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off.

Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

3. Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

Visit the Original 7 Coloured Earth in Chamarel and drink in the lunar-like spectacle of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow sand dunes set in the middle of lush green vegetation, with the Black River mountain range in the background. On your way to 7 Coloured Earth, you can also admire the majestic Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius at about 100 metres high. You can also wander to the tortoise park to see the six tortoises called Toto, Tizean, Rosette, Nini, Tizom and Tifam up close — a great activity for the family. Originally from Aldabra in Seychelles, the species can reach up to 1 meter in length with an average lifespan of more than 150 years. During your visit to the Geopark, you can also stop for a snack or lunch at the Coffee Shop. There you'll find themed products such as the Seven-Coloured Macaroons or Gourmet Popsicles. The Coffee Shop also serves Chamarel Coffee; the only locally grown and roasted coffee in Mauritius. Its taste is unique... maybe because it is grown on volcanic soil.

Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

4. Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

Get panoramic views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano and stroll around the crater before making your way to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin via the Mare-aux-Vacoas reservoir.  Continue to the Black River Gorges to discover the home of endemic flora and fauna. Drive through the park via Plaine des Champagnes for an amazing view of Alexandra Falls. Taste different types of rum at a rum factory in Chamarel before lunch in the village. Then, discover the geological marvel of the 7 Colored Earths and see the giant tortoises before getting a panoramic view from the Case Noyal viewpoint.

Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

5. Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

Visit the most Instagram-worthy locales on with a route tailored to your pickup location with this full-day car tour of Mauritius. Discover the vibrant colors of local markets and botanical gardens. See a temple in Ganga Talo, multi-colored sand dunes, and Chamarel Falls. Be picked up from your hotel in Mauritius and set off on a full-day adventure in a comfortable car. Stop by the Umbrella Square in Port Louis to amble through bustling markets that are shaded by a swathe of colorful parasols. Head over to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to some 500 species of plants from around the world, including the rare Talipot Palm, which is said to only flower once in its 60-year lifetime. Travel to Ganga Talo, the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius, containing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gaze up at breathtaking statues that stand over 100 feet tall. Next, visit 7 Colored Earth, a collection of sand dunes characterized by layers of colored sands. Cap things off with a trip to the Chamarel Waterfalls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, with a height of over 300 feet. Afterwards, be transported back to your accommodation.

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

6. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Learn about their habits and receive guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it's your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views.  Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

Mauritius: Private South Coast Highlights Tour

7. Mauritius: Private South Coast Highlights Tour

See the sights of south Mauritius with a private driver and guide on a full-day tour exclusive to you and your group. Continue to the mountain village of Chamarel to look at the amazing sand dunes of different colors at the Seven Coloured Earths. Get panoramic views of the rural landscape of the Black River district and peaks of Le Morne Brabant mountain.   Visit the Alexandra Falls viewpoint in Gorges National Park, and then look inside an ancient volcanic crater at Trou Aux Cerfs, where the lush vegetation and tropical plants will take your breath away. End with a trip to the crater lake of Grand Bassin – also known as Ganga Talao – to see statues of different deities sacred to Hindus.

Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

8. Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

Experience the magic of swimming with dolphins in the wild and discover the stunning beauty of South Side of Mauritius on a private tour taking you to popular sites like Chamarel’s village seven-colored soils, Grand Bassin, and Alexandra Fall.  Start the beginning of a truly amazing day with an early-morning departure on a motorboat to experience the sunrise behind the mountains. Enjoy an ethical swim amongst dolphins in the wild. Feel at ease knowing that these beautiful creatures are not held in captivity or are cornered off by large boats.  Travel to the see the Tamarin Waterfalls, the Trou aux Cerfs crater, the holy lake (Grand Bassin), the Alexandra Falls, the Black River Gorges View Point, and the village of Chamarel with its seven-colored earth soils.  Continue down the south coast, around the Maconde (hairpin curve) before heading back to your accommodation.

From Chamarel: Waterfall Eco-Hike Adventure

9. From Chamarel: Waterfall Eco-Hike Adventure

Make your way to the stunning Seven Colored Earth Geopark to meet your trek guide. Start with an adventurous gorge decent that includes four challenging river crossings. Be prepared to climb and scramble over rocks and wade through the river at points. You'll know the hard work was worth it when you reach the beautiful Chamarel Falls at the base of the gorge. Marvel at the highest vertical drop waterfall in Mauritius and enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterfall pool as the water cascades around you. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a plethora of endemic plant, animal, and bird species in this protected area and learn fascinating insights into the history and culture of the Chamarel region.

Chamarel: 7-Colored Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket with Lunch

10. Chamarel: 7-Colored Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket with Lunch

Combine two Chamarel classics in this single experience. See the 7-Colored Earth Geopark and admire Mauritius's tallest waterfall, then sample delicious creole cuisine at Le Chamarel Restaurant. On that road trip, stop by Le Chamarel Restaurant to taste the 12 flavours of authentic cuisine that will take you on a culinary voyage, reflecting the origins of the multiple ethnicities present in Mauritius. At the same time, visit the iconic Chamarel 7 Coloured Earth Geopark, where you will stop by the Chamarel Waterfalls - the highest in Mauritius. You can opt to do either activity in the order of your choice but keep in mind that lunch is served at Le Chamarel Restaurant as from 11.30 am to 2.30pm. This activity can be done all year round and any day of the week depending on availability. This activity needs to be done by a mode of transportation as there is approximately 5-10mins from the 7 Coloured Earth to the Le Chamarel Restaurant.

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Today we were first with Roman at the dolphins, and after 5 minutes we were able to admire the first ones, just beautiful, then we continued with Petra, we skipped breakfast and went to a small local street food snack bar.. .. very very tasty, the rest of the tour was also super informative and we always had enough time to walk around and take pictures ourselves... Petra gave us great tips from which side the photos are best, she explained everything to us answered all questions very carefully and really took his time. We can only recommend this tour with Petra ... many thanks for everything Petra .... and of course many thanks also to Roman.

We went with Paul and it was great!! He told and explained a lot to us about Mauritius, always gave us enough time to take photos at the points and the lunch was great too! We would book the trip again and again!

It is really an experience worth doing this tour. You can see a lot of the island and we even saw a monkey. The Indian food was just great and super tasty.

My best excursion in Mauritius!! Breathtaking landscapes, a TOP guide, special dedications to BABOO and SAMTOURS TRAVEL. I highly recommend !

Tour guide was very good. A successful and beautiful trip.