Casela & Yemen Park

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2 reviews
May 29, 2007
An organised trip, we were too lazy to plan our own, took us from the northern coast of the Island to the lush tropical centre. A brief stop off at the Volcanic centre of Trou Aux Cerf, so called after the deer which used to inhabit the region, provided fantastic views of the surrounding urbanised areas and the interior. After traveling through tropical vegetation, we arived at Grande Bassin a site of the sacred lake used for Hindu worship, which also accomodates a giant statue (upon arrival it resembles a giant theme park, white buildings and large parking areas). Its important to remember that this is a place of worship, not just a tourist destination. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant perched on the side of the valley in the black gorges national park, offering amazing views to the West of the island. A short bus trip away and we arived at the lovely Chamarel region with the famous 7 coloured earths, these are the result of weathered volcanic deposits. Unfortunetly heavy rain over the previous days meant the earth was not showing its usual vibrant colours, but was still worth a visit, if not too see the giant tortoises accomodated there. A visit to the Chamarel waterfalls also gave us the opportunity to spot the bird represented on the Air Mauritius fleet, the Phaeton Rubicola, a graceful white bird soaring above the tree tops. Much to the delight of all at the vista point of the Black river gorges national park a Macaque monkey put on a delightful display, which was somewhat marred by a local trying to give it coca cola! However after his caffine/sugar overlaod, he decided tried to try his luck for more and scared half the crowd away!. The bus journey back provided ample opportunities to shoot, shoot...shoot at the scenery as we travelled down the winding hillside. Travelling back, with spectacular views of Le Morne Brabant, a giant outcrop striking out from the coastal region, which used to be a popular hideout for slaves, shows the variety of landscape on offer. The saltpans in the nearby town, where traditional methods are still used to "harvest" the salt before refining, can be seen. The road trip back takes you through local towns and villages where the true nature of Mauritius can be seen. This is still a country which has great poverty, seen only too clearly when traveling the country. Its worth the time and effort to explore the interior of this beautiful island if you can drag yourself away from the beaches!
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