Road trip across the South of Mauritius
A road trip is the most gratifying path to discovery. The discovery of hidden secrets, of the unexpected beauty of landscapes, of a day in the life of a local.
While lounging by the pool at a luxury resort truly is the quintessential escape, you will only scratch the surface of what Mauritius has to offer. Instead, why not take control of the wheel and explore the island at your own pace? Go on, hit the road: as you follow this detailed itinerary we have crafted and our recommendations of can’t-miss landmarks, leave the rest to the open road – possibility is the hallmark of Mauritius.
No road trip holds more mystery and allure than the untouched Southern Coast, starting from one of our Heritage Resorts you are staying at in Bel Ombre.
Depart from Bel Ombre and cruise down the coastal road heading towards Baie du Cap, where you are promptly faced with the pinnacle of beauty. The winding road ends in a sharp hairpin loop, making for an otherworldly view overlooking the southern coastline and nearby village. Climb the stairs leading up to a viewpoint for an incredible photo opportunity. In no time, you will understand why this spot has cemented Macondé’s reputation as one of the most unfailingly picturesque roads in the world.
Cool off with a “glaçon râpé” (shaved ice) drizzled with rainbow syrup before you carry on to Le Morne Public Beach, a mere 15-minute drive away. Set at the foot of the jaw-dropping Le Morne Brabant – a rugged mountain jutting out of the ocean – this region is steeped in a significant chapter of history. In the early 19th century, escaped slaves found shelter in caves in the mountain, immortalizing the site as a symbol of struggle and resistance.
Have your camera ready for the spectacle of kitesurfers riding the waves on one of the most unspoilt beaches of the island.
As you leave the peninsula behind and drive toward Chamarel through La Gaulette, cast your eyes over the transforming landscape. Mountains inch closer to the coastline, majestic banyan trees glorify Case Noyale. Home to several treasures, Chamarel is a little world in itself: you can easily spend hours wandering the multi-colored rolling dunes known as “La Vallée des Couleurs”, the Chamarel waterfalls – an impressive free-falling 100-metre stream surrounded by untamed vegetation – and the Curious Corner, where your mind is utterly boggled by the interactive illusions, puzzles and mazes.
Sneak in a quick bite at a charming local restaurant to ease your hunger pangs: make a beeline for Chez Ruben, renowned for its mouthwatering octopus curry, prawn curry cooked in coconut milk or Indian thalis.
Black River Gorges
Drive down the scenic Plaine Champagne Road for another 20 minutes, meandering through forests and following the signposts to Black River Gorges National Park. The park stretches out over 6,000 hectares, protects 150 endemic plants and boasts some of the most panoramic hiking trails. Spend some time rambling through the magical rainforest until you come across a wide canyon that curves dramatically down through rolling hills. Make sure to get a snapshot of these incredible vistas – your Instagram followers will be left spellbound!
On your half-hour trip back to Heritage Resorts, follow the road to Chamouny and take a sneak peak into the life of locals in what is, quite possibly, the most bustling village in the South of the island. Chemin Grenier makes for the best place to make a pit-snacking-stop: the local market ladles out a spread of samoussas (a triangular pastry with a savory filling) and di pain frire (deep fried bread).
As you make your way back to the resplendent Domaine de Bel Ombre, what better way to wind down your fun-filled day than with a lavish massage at our Seven Colours Spa or a tropical cocktail at Zenzi Bar!