The south is the wildest and less developed region of the island. Apart from Mahébourg and its surroundings, this region has remained untouched because of the absence of calm lagoons. The ‘deep south’ as it is sometimes called, is probably the unknown and forgotten side of coastal region of Mauritius with its high cliffs and raging seas. Gris Gris and Le Souffleur are two natural spots along this coastline that offer some breathtaking sights.
Mahebourg – Mahébourg is one of the main fishing villages on the island. Built on the magnificent Grand Port Bay it was founded in 1804 by the French Governer, Charles Decaën.
Souillac – A small seaside resort along the rugged coast of the Savanne district. A famous feature is the garden overlooking the sea and named after Dr. Charles Telfair. A popular viewpoint is found at the southern end of the village, right on the cliff top : Gris Gris. At Souillac, a village named after the Vicompte of Souillac, there is the Robert Edouard Hart Musuem. This Mauritian poet and painter has written extensively on the island especially on the Southern coast. Not far from Souillac is Rochester Falls, one of the most beautiful warterfalls of Mauritius.
Vanilla Crocodile Park – At Rivière des Anguilles in the South, the Vanilla Crocodile Park is home to crocodiles imported from Madagascar and other reptiles. One can also find other animals found in the forest of Mauritius like monkeys, wild boars, deer and tortoises.
Ile aux Aigrettes – Owing to the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen there. You can also discover the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Le Val Nature Park – Le Val Nature Park is another place for nature fanatics. Situated in a more central area, it is a peaceful haven for fish, tortoise, birds and monkeys and is blessed with a superb tropical vegetation and climate.
Dutch Ruins – In the South-East of the island at Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlements in Mauritius, you can see the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications. Excavation work is underway in a bid to uncover an important part of Mauritian history Archaeologists have recently dug out the ruins of Fort Frederick Hendrick, built under the Dutch.
Nestling in the Anse Jonchée hills, the Domaine des Grand Bois has splendid hunting grounds covering an area of 900 hectares. Stags, monkeys and boars live amidst the luxuriant vegetation of the hillside. One can watch a few species of endangered birds, including the kestrel. The Domaine contains an exotic restaurant serves delicious Mauritian Cuisine. Take an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal of venison and seafood with panoramic sea views. The hillside of the Domain, also offers an extraordinary view on this South Eastern part of the island. You can walk around this Domaine and enjoy the scent of Ylang Ylang and other aromatic plants that are distilled in the nearby distillery. There is also a rustic but pleasant restaurant where you can enjoy local Mauritian cuisine.
Le Morne – South east is Le Morne, a near peninsula that offers the staggering view of Le Morne Brabant Mountain, which is like a rock coming out of the sea. Le Morne also host the horrible story of runaway slaves who plunged from the top of the mountain when soldiers came to tell them that they were free. They thought that these soldiers where coming to get them back to slavery and preferred death to losing their freedom. More of a myth than a true story argues historian against popular belief. Le Morne has one of the best beaches with crystal clear water spanning for kilometres and as such has some of finest hotels around its coastline.