Domaine de l’Etoile is located in the south eastern part of the island, about 40min from Port Louis or Belle Mare. It is the biggest nature reserve on the island and it is also private land. The reserve is very rich in Flora and Fauna, as well if you compare to other places on the island. Mauritius might be Africa but we are not talking Elephants or Buffalos here – but more gentle things like deers and small birds.
The Domaine is home to native forests, sugar cane fields (it used to be a plantation), beautiful valleys and green mountains with dense vegetation.
We met up with a few kids and mums fro school for a fun day out – at least for the kids. I wanted to do the zip line, but my little kiddos 2 decided that it was a gluey day and wouldn’t leave my side when we first got there, so I ended up cancelling it. The joys of mothers alone with their small ones. I still had a nice day with my friends though – and if the kids had fun, well that’s already good.
So yes the zip line – well obviously I cannot speak from experience but it looks awesome! The giant zip lines are the longest in Mauritius (well there website says the world, I haven’t checked!) but it should be an awesome ride of 3.5km – 7 line of 350m to 700m.
Quad and buggy are another great thing they do. They have Quads for kids (as of 7 yrs old) and kiddos 1 went for a ride with her friends, she loved it. After a little security check 2 guides took the kids out for a 30min drive on the dirt roads and the sugar cane fields. They saw deers and smaller animals and just had a great great time.
The also do buggies for bigger kids! like me. We had gone once already the 4 of us and we had so much fun. We did an hour and a half tour or something like that. The guides are really nice and they know a lot about the domaine as well as the flora and fauna.
The views from the top of the mountains are beautiful. Beneath you have the South Eastern part of the island with Grand Port bay.
The valley underneath is known as the Vallée de Ferney. One of the biggest and apparently best organised yearly trails happen here. I haven’t done it, we were supposed to last year, but first it was cancelled (because of some kind of animal disease outbreak) and then rescheduled the day Kiddos 1 had her ballet representation – and well, one has to choose… This year it will celebrate the 10th edition.
They also have horses – offering both horse riding in nature and they also have a riding school. The kiddos had a go last time in the riding ring and loved it – so I might take them out for a ride next time.
Finally they also organise guided hiking tours of the domaine and they have a huge playground with zippiness for kids and other things – but it is closed for repairs at the moment. The children love that area – school bring them on outings here, so kiddos 2 has been a couple of times without me. There is also a restaurant, which is quite nice. We had lunch there with my friends and shared lots of Mauritian dishes – when they are busy the have a buffet otherwise it’s a la carte.