In the ‘highlands’ you will discover the island’s four other towns. In Quatre Bornes, head for the local market if you want to do some bargain-hunting. In Curepipe, where it is generally cooler than elsewhere on the island, try visiting the botanical gardens.
In the early evening the gardens of the Plaza – the municipal theatre of the town of Rose Hill – fill up with families who come to relax and enjoy an ice–cream. This is a heart-warming sight definitely worth beholding!
Vacoas, meanwhile, is most renowned for its Gymkhana Golf Club – the oldest in the southern hemisphere.
Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe
This is an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau, overlooking the town of Curepipe. The steep, 85 metre-deep crater culminates in a natural lake. The panoramic viewpoint is exceptional from here, providing not only a vista over the main towns, but also extending outwards to include the Moka range of mountains and the north-west.
Ganga Talao, High Plateau
Those who venture further upland than the man-made reservoirs of La Marie and Mare aux Vacoas will encounter Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin) – a natural lake that nestles within
the crater of an extinct volcano in the high plateau.
The lake is an important pilgrimage site and many Mauritian Hindus converge on it to pray for Lord Shiva during the Maha Shivratree festival.