Five Perfect Days in Mauritius (Day 2)


This Saturday morning began with an early start at 7 am and a morning stroll with the fam along the shore right in front of us. It was perfect for anyone that’s an aficionado of shell collecting. I have never seen such a  large variety of shells and corals (and in such great condition) before.

After a hearty homemade breakfast of eggs, French bread, soup and a tropical Mauritian fruit juice medley, we drove down to Casela park, a huge wildlife conservation park and tourist attraction. The park was designed as a mini safari with ostriches, giraffes, peacocks, etc. placed in an environment similar to the real wilderness. My favorite part was the baby tiger and cheetahs–they were so cute! What was even more unique were the giant land tortoises that were calmly walking around even after more than a 100 years of walking the land. I had only seen huge sea turtles at aquariums, so the giant tortoises were quite intriguing. There was a safari bus that tooks us to see some of the animals such as the impalas, zebras, and ostriches. The ostriches were so outgoing–three of them came up right next to our bus!

An adult cheetah at Casela National Park
An adult cheetah at Casela National Park

We stayed at the park till it closed and then visited a popular shopping village nearby called Cascavelle. The mall was an outdoors shopping center full of pricey tourist shops. Dinner was served at another food court–a shrimp wrap with fries on the side. Back at Le Bengaleau, we watched the ships on the water and the moon slowly sink into the sea as we drank chai to end the eventful day.

A view of the nearby mountains from the park.
A view of the nearby mountains from the park.

(Read about Day 1)

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