Discovery of the surrounding area:
• Magnificent view on the ocean and the west coast within 5 or 10 minutes walks from your room through the property: View Point
• Discover a walk in our Labyrinth (model from the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral): Note that the first Labyrinths date from the Paleolithic period. The Labyrinth of Chartres was incorporated in the floor pavement around 1200, during the construction of the cathedral.
• Climb of Piton Canot from the paths on the estate with or without a guide (~1h00 walk).
• Visit of Chamarel’s coloured earth and waterfall going through the village of Chamarel (distance from Lakaz: 3,5km ~1h00 walk or
30 minutes on bicycle). The coloured earths of Chamarel are made of dunes with 7 variations of different colours, fluctuating between the ochre, brown, yellow, red and purplish blue; they constitute a very rare geological curiosity. Once mixed, they always end up being separated. This phenomenon would be caused by the presence of volcanic ashes containing mineral oxydes of different colours.
• Black River Peak, the highest mountain of the island which you can admire from Lakaz, with or without a guide (~3h walk).
• Black River Gorges with or without a guide (~3, 30 hours walk from Pétrin to Black River). The National Park of Black River Gorges, the green heart of Mauritius. With its 50 kilometres of paths and its six marked circuits, the Black River National Park is the favourite place of hikers. One finds in the National Park 163 of 311 species of endemic plants, as well as 28 species of endemic birds, unique in the world and protected, some of which have been saved from extinction and which you may be fortunate to see.
• Walk to Bel Ombre (~1h30) and lunch at the Château (on reservation)
• Bicycle rides in the village of Chamarel and/or descent towards the coast through the village of Baie du Cap (we can pick you up with a 4x4 at the bottom of the Case Noyale descent!).
• Visit of the Rum Distillery
• Visit of the wood Museum
• Parc Aventure
A bit further…
…Towards the high plateau
• Grand Bassin or the sacred lake of Ganga Talao: the most important place of pilgrimage of Mauritians of Hindu faith. Thousands of pilgrims dressed in white flock towards the sacred lake every year (in February or March) on the occasion of the Mahashivaratree festival, carrying a « kanwar », a portico decorated with garlands, mirrors and pictures of Shiva. The pilgrims purify themselves in the holy waters of the lake. This special place of spiritualism, which evokes the elevation of the soul, has also become an important tourist attraction. The temples can be visited if you are properly attired.
• The Tea Road
…Towards the south
• The kites (cerfs volants) at Saint Félix (lunch on reservation)
• The Vanille Crocodile Park
• Visit to Ile aux Aigrettes, real sanctuary of fauna and flora
You are approximately 10 to 15 minutes by car from some of the most beautiful beaches on the island (the Morne, Baie du Cap), and from the small coastal towns of Black River and La Gaulette. You can ride to the beach on bicycles (beautiful ride through the village of Chamarel up to the Morne!). We can organise your return if the Chamarel climb is too hard for you! We can also have you driven to the beach. Please contact reception for more details! Beach hawkers: Be careful if they invite you to eat seafood as it is not always guaranteed fresh. Access to certain hotels is open to the public, with payment at the gate.
Shopping and activities in Mauritius:
(Excursions, cultural events, water activities, shopping, etc.…).
The House is at your disposal to advise you and organise your activities. If you want to visit Port-Louis, our capital city, its market and its surroundings, it takes about an hour by car.