SSR Botanical Garden (Pamplemousses Garden)
You will find more than 500 varieties of plants housed at the botanical garden, with the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, the famous Baobabs, a large spice garden, adding to the décor of the amazing collection of plants.
You will also find a range of trees planted by world leaders at the garden, including Indira Gandhi, Princess Margaret, Francois Mitterrand, and Countess of Snowdon among others.
The 282-year-old (one of the oldest botanic garden in the southern hemisphere) Botanical Garden was formerly known as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Pamplemousses. It was renamed as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden on 18th September 1988 which was the 88th Birth Anniversary of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first Prime Minister of the island and later Governor General of Mauritius.
The main objectives of the SSR Botanic Garden today are conservation, education, recreation, culture and history.
History of the Garden
Mauritius has been under the rule of different nations namely the Dutch, French and British prior to its independence in 1968. Mahé de Labourdonnais, Pierre Poivre and Nicolas Céré from the French rule and James Duncan during the British period have all contributed to how the SSR Botanical Garden is today.
The SSR Botanical Garden was also used as a nursery for plantation and acclimatization of plants of economic and botanical importance, which were brought mostly from the east and Europe.
Attractions in the Garden
You will find a range of indigenous flora species (some 500 plant species) exhibited in the vast garden including trees, shrubs, perennials, climbers and bulbs of both native and exotic species. Some of them flower during summer and others during winter. You can find bottle palm, talipot palm, elephant leg palm, fan palm and the sealing wax palm in the garden. The amazing garden houses a Bleeding tree which owes its name to the red sap which is secreted by the tree.
If you are deeply interested in botany, you may hire a guide, available at the garden entrance, who will use his encyclopedic knowledge to give you a full garden tour. (You are requested to pay the Guide directly at the below rates after your guided tour)
|Number of Visitors||Tariff|
|Any visitor up to a maximum of 4 Visitors||Rs 50.00 per visitor over the age of 12|
|Any visitor for a group of 5 to 10 Visitors||Rs 40.00 per visitor over the age of 12|
The pillar of the Mauritian industry has been sugar for years. In the early years there were no sugar factories with machines but rather sugar mills with vertical cylinders where the cut sugar cane plants were placed. These were drawn by oxens to produce cane juice. There is an Old Sugar Mill Model on exposition at the SSR Garden. It has been built by the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture in 1953.
Chateau de Mon Plaisir
The Chateau de Mon Plaisir has been built by the British in the 19th Century and is listed under the National Monuments.
The Medicinal Corner comprises of some 100 plants species which have medicinal properties. This section has been created in 1995 with the collaboration of the Chinese Agricultural and Technical Team (CATT).
As you have seen earlier in the history of the Garden, Pierre Poivre brought some of the most valuable spices on the island namely nutmegs (Myristica fragans) and cloves (Syzichium aromaticum). These are still grown in the spice corner of the Garden together with several other spices such as Cinnamonum verum). To note that cloves were introduced to Zanzibar island from Mauritius.
Pont des Soupirs
The Pont des Soupirs is a unique bridge (pond) structure where water from river Citron flows under the bridge and at the same time water from Riley Canal flows over it.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Funerary Monument
The first Prime Minister of the country has his funerary monument known as the “Samadhi” near the Chateau de Mon Plaisir.
The Garden is open from 8.30 to 17.30 every day. Free parking is available and at the car park you will also find little carts selling refreshments and food.
Wheel Chair for disabled persons is available on request free of charge
|Under the age of 5||Free|
|Between the age of 5 and 59||Rs 25|
|Of the age of 60 and over||Free|
Entrance to the Garden is free for all Mauritian citizens on Sundays and Public Holidays
Non Mauritian Citizen
|Under the age of 5||Free|
|Of the age of 5 and above (not holder of a residence permit)||Rs 200|
|Holder of a residence permit||Rs 25|
SSR Botanic Garden
Tel: 243 94 01
Fax: 243 94 02/ 74 54