Timings : All Day
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Mauritius, a pearl in the Indian Ocean, is a place of natural and exquisite beauty. You are greeted by pristine emerald colored waters, white sandy beaches, and tall palm trees the moment you set foot in the country. It is rightly said, God first created Mauritius and then created Heaven. The inland area is no less, consisting of a luxurious landscape. The country brims with 5-star hotels and high-end restaurants and shopping brands, making sure your stay remain top class.
Because of its isolation from the world, Mauritius is as peaceful as it can get. This is also the reason why the wildlife here is less diverse with endemic species that are found naturally here. This provides you with a chance to get real close to Mother Nature. This can be perfectly done on tour to Le Domaine du Chasseur, a 1000-acre wildlife reserve and one of the last aboriginal forests on the island.
Located high in the hills, amidst lush green spice plants and palm trees, and other vegetation such revenala, ebony, wild orchids, eucalyptus, and other native tropical flora, this adorable native forest is a significant habitat for many rare and endemic species.
The Mauritian Kestrel, Pink Pigeon, and Mauritius Parakeet, as well as more common species such as the Zebra Dove, Mauritius Cuckoo Shrike, and Mauritius Grey White-Eye, are few of the many eye-catching species you will come across when in the area. You are also likely to spot hares, monkeys, wild boars, and other common wild animals, who have been reared here since life came into being on this island.
Located on the south-east side of the island, Le Domaine du Chasseur, which translates to Hunter's Domain is a private nature reserve and old hunting ground nestled in the hills at Anse Jonchée. As the Dutch came on the shore along with their animals about 300 years ago, they introduced the Java deer to this part of the island. The Dutch left soon after, but the deer happily settled here, creating hunting opportunities for people. This is indeed true. Earlier there were private hunting parties hosted by the richest on the island.
But times have changed. A more strict and educated government then turned the park into what now promotes eco-tourism. This is the ideal place for nature lovers as the reserve targets "green" tourists and nature enthusiasts who know and appreciate the importance of wildlife conservation.
Not a fan of hunting? Don't worry, for there are other activities that you can be part of. The other events include big game fishing, archery, target shooting, small line fishing, and a few more. The reserve has also made bed and breakfast arrangements. There are four thatched bungalows located in the vicinity where people can stay overnight. Ideal for those who want to party after an excellent hunting day.
Head over to Domaine du Chasseur Game Park and Reserve to marvel at the beautiful views of Indian Ocean, support Mauritius' efforts to conserve biodiversity and wildlife, while also legally indulging in hunting and other thrilling activities. Call it a day by heading over to the Domaine du Chasseur restaurant for a drink or two and spend the night under the stars at the bungalows. This tour is indeed a perfect way to cherish the beauty of Mauritius’ landscapes and wildlife.
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