Eco-Tourism in Mauritius:
Known primarily for its pristine beaches, Mauritius so far has not unleashed its potential as an Eco-Tourism destination. Its rich cultural heritage, the panache of ethnic diversity, the volcanic geology and the flora and fauna thereof, etc, lends itself to a perfect eco-tourist experience… one that will further accentuate the hospitable and relaxing break that most tourist’s experience and take fond memories of. Some of the most beautiful hinterlands of the country are largely unnoticed to the tourists because of inadequate development of Eco-tourism at large in the region.
The development proposals for Eco-Activity and Rejuvenation Village have been influenced by the following broad objectives:
To create a development of distinction and which will set new benchmarks for the hospitality industry within Mauritius,
The development integrates a recreation and leisure activity, along with a rejuvenation and wellness centre to form a harmonious whole.
Provide a strong amenity base that will improve the overall infrastructure of the area.
The development will be backed by a strong brand name, which will be attractive to the international market, as also providing for instant brand equity to Mauritius as a high-profile hospitality destination.
The entire concept will dwell on the eco-tourism activity that the Mauritian Flora and Fauna so wonderfully lend itself to, in terms of the volcanic mountain ranges, great foliage and density of the endemic trees and vegetation, fresh water streams and water features, generic bird and wild life and of course the cultural heritage that the rainbow nation offers along with.
The focus would be to embark on earthy, nature-led activity, bringing oneself closer to the Mauritian landscape and entwining the same with a dose of local heritage. The sensitive eco-system and the bio-diverse nature of the forests and mountain reserves will remain unaltered, with all of the activities planned in tandem with nature itself.
The proposed resort encompasses more than 300 acres of untouched natural beauty blossoming with abundant jungle wildlife and vibrant flora. Resort proposes thirty-seven fully furnished pastel colored villas available for vacation rental and our 5000 square foot Frank Lloyd Wright inspired mountain lodge which will luxuriously accommodate up to 10 people. You will also find an authentic Creole restaurant, a heated swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a first class day spa, and horseback riding, all of which are on-site and naturally surrounded by the unspoiled Mauritian landscape. This will be the ideal place for a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation. To help sculpt your eco-adventure of Mauritius our staff will aid you in finding exotic tours including hiking through our beautiful rainforests, walking across sandy beaches and swimming underwater through magnificently colorful reefs
Over 1,500 fruit trees and a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna will provide guests with exotic scenery and the tropical charm of eating fruit fresh off the tree. Later, a cool dip in our natural springs will be the perfect way to relax while taking in the surrounding vista.
As a development tool, ecotourism can advance the three basic goals of Biological Diversity:
conserve biological (and cultural) diversity, by strengthening protected area management systems (public or private) and increasing the value of sound ecosystems;
promote the sustainable use of biodiversity, by generating income, jobs and business opportunities in ecotourism and related business networks, and
share the benefits of ecotourism developments equitably with local communities and indigenous people, by obtaining their informed consent and full participation in planning and management of ecotourism businesses.
The development will facilitate to enjoy a stroll through the diverse eco systems of the chasse in the heart of a hardwood forest. Observe & listen to the beauty of nature around a natural pond, up the escarpment, in the swamp & throughout the meadows. Savor the visual of a natural butterfly habitat & the turtles & fish in the pond. Study the wildflowers of each season, fossils & geology around the escarpment. Watch for wildlife viewing opportunities of song birds, guinea fowl, partridges, deer, wild boar and monkeys.
Trekking is a popular way to explore the mountains and forests in Mauritius. There will be many well designed 1-3 day trekking trips available that usually invole a guided tour to demonstrate the bio-diverse nature of the environment. Resident guides have intimate knowledge of indigenous plants, animals and local culture.
Very popular within the Mauritian landscape and culture, horse-riding is an ideal way of discovering the flora and fauna of the country.
Stalking sites and watchtowers will be set up for this unique hunting experience. You must bring your own bow (a 65 pounds is suitable) and arrows. These equipments can be brought freely into Mauritius.
Outdoor quad biking:
We will introduce this unique riding experience in Mauritius... where you can explore the cane fields, roam across some pineapple and banana plantations. Stop your quad bike in the green fields and relish the sight of the turquoise sea... Feel the shivers of adventure as you cross the streams
Bridges made between large trees will offer a unique experience of walking ‘in the clouds’. This activity will be done with the assistance of experts.
Ropes tied across giant trees that have a distance of 50-60 meters and can offer the rider an adventure filled few seconds will be introduced.
Mauritius is a haven for birds... be it local species like the rare Mauritian Kestrel or migrating birds... their songs will accompany you in every path, every corner, in the restaurant, before your watch tower, at your doorstep...
The Mauritian Kestrel was once almost extinct with only four birds left in the world. Today, thanks to the joint efforts of committed individuals and the Mauritius Wildlife Appeal Fund, more than 800 birds fly proudly in the skies… In recent years as the country has embraced ecotourism, opportunities are expanding rapidly for visitors to see a variety of beautiful and rare species as well as to contribute to the country's growing ornithological knowledge.
Mauritius' diverse and poorly known avifauna is ripe for exploration and is sure to provide many more surprises in the years to come
The proposed park would be the perfect site for astronomy and night sky viewing with a fully functional observatory located in the dark sky sanctuary portion of the park. Exceptional dark skies, darkest in the Indian Ocean, 360 degree observing, no light pollution and a 7.5+ magnitude.
Go for the bullseye at the chasse. Fun for the family & for all ages. Bow & Arrow Rentals
A great, ecologically friendly way to get around the chasse is by bicycle and biking around the country's green hills is already gaining popularity.
Woodcarving, basketry and natural stone are some of the most popular handicrafts in Mauritius. The local boutique will store and market all such products that will be both made on site as well as procured from the surrounding villages.
Local Organic health farm (spa, organic restaurant):
Designed around the concept of wellness of mind and body as a whole, the proposed development will conceptualize and operate an organic health farm, using local and ancient techniques of relaxation and rejuvenation. Together with the various organic massage therapies, the farm will be supported by a restaurant specializing in organic and healthy foods.
Funding and Feasibility:
An overall capital outlay of USD 27 Million is envisaged for development of the various activities. Funding for the project will be in the form of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) with 40% as promoter’s equity and 60% as gearing from Financial Institutions.