CHAMAREL full day
Rs 3,760 ≃ 94 Euros
Will be provided: Entrance to the Seven Coloured Earths, entrance to the Rum Distillery, Rhum & Pineapple tasting, Lunch in a Restaurant (lunch-dessert-coffee), entrance to the Shell Museum, Mauritian Coffee tasting, water, fruit, juice, safety vehicle, guide, helmet.
Your ride is a truly pleasurable experience with Electro-Bike (electric power-assisted bike), with little physical effort required, you get to enjoy the scenery and discover the island’s landscapes and meet some of the inhabitants of Mauritius.
Our wish is to make you discover the authentic aspects of our island in simplicity and with a dash of good humour: historical monuments, remnants of the colonial era, breathtaking scenery, authentic fishing villages…
“A definite must”
We begin our excursion with a cup of coffee at Le Chamarel restaurant surrounded by spectacular scenery!
Our new full-day ride grants you to visit one of the most beautiful distilleries of the island and learn all about how rum is made. We also get the opportunity to taste some samples, but in moderation! We will also be offered a “special” pineapple tasting session!
We continue our route towards the village of Chamarel, riding through coffee plantations, passing the waterfall and visiting the Seven Coloured Earths where we get to see tortoises and learn how they arrived on the island! After the Fantasy Mountain (240m) downhill, we stop to enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant located in the small village of Baie du Cap. Our table is set up under a magnificent tree (weather permitting); where we take the time to admire the sumptuous view of the lagoon and capture great shots before enjoying a delicious meal.
With our bellies full, we visit some historical sites along the coastal route. On our way towards Bel Ombre, we have a lot of fun riding along the small sandy roads! Our excursion is now nearing its end; we stop over at the Château de Bel Ombre – an elegant 19th-century colonial manor! The setting of this private estate will simply take your breath away.
It is on this joyful note that our ride finally comes to an end at the Bel Ombre Sugar Estate.
Always escorted by a safety vehicle, our qualified guides will stop at strategic locations to provide insight and to allow you to contemplate the magnificent landscapes.
Departure: 8.30 a.m. – Arrival: 14.30 p.m.
- Starting point: ‘Restaurant Le Chamarel’ at 8:30.
- Finishing point: ‘La place du Moulin’ in Bel Ombre at 14:30.
- Duration: approx. 6hrs.
- An itinerary and safety rules debrief by the guide, etc.
- Will be provided: Entrance to the Seven Coloured Earths, entrance to the Rum Distillery, Rhum & Pineapple tasting, Lunch in a Restaurant (lunch-dessert-coffee), entrance to the Shell Museum, Mauritian Coffee tasting, water, fruit, juice, safety vehicle, guide, helmet.
- What to bring: Sports shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, change of clothes, and money for the taxi if necessary.
- You will be afforded the opportunity of buying local souvenirs. Bring spare cash as credit cards cannot be used.
- As the excursion starts in Chamarel and finishes in Bel Ombre, we propose arranging a taxi for you at an additional cost of Rs 750 in order to get back to the starting point and your vehicle. This amount will have to be settled in cash with the taxi driver.
We reserve the right to cancel the ride in the event of torrential rainfall. If you wish to cancel or postpone your ride; three possibilities are provided as follows:
- 48h prior to the event = full refund
- 24h prior to the event = 50% refund
- On the day of the event = non-refundable
In the event of unexpected bad weather after the ride has begun, the ride shall not be refundable. We will, however, do our best to adapt to the situation and make the remaining journey as pleasant and as satisfactory as possible.
Photos of your ride in Mauritius will be available on CD for a price of Rs 800.
Number of participants
Maximum number of participants for each ride: 12 persons.
For the entire duration of the ride and for all our rides, a safety vehicle will escort the group on drivable roads.
For the comfort, safety and experience of everyone, all children must (prior to the outing) have a good bike-riding ability and must be at least 1.47m or more in height.
Chamarel is a tiny village of seven hundred inhabitants, and is famous for its seven-coloured earths: a rare geological phenomenon – the erosion has exposed the dunes formed from volcanic ash, leaving them with colours ranging from brown to ochre, or even pink, orange and violet… However, the village and surroundings have much more to offer than the usual tourist clichés. There is, for example, the old Sainte-Anne Chapel dating back to 1876, which is a place of pilgrimage on Assumption Day as well as a place where popular festivities are celebrated. Or even the one-and-only coffee factory in Mauritius; a strong-tasting Arabica, cultivated on 16 hectares of land, carefully chosen to suit the region’s temperature, rainfall, soil quality and hours of sunshine…
Jean Louis Lousteau was the first owner of the lands of Chamarel and it is only in 1785 that it will be passed down to his sons-in-law, Toussaint and Charles-Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel. The latter settled there in 1793 and provided wood to the colony by exploiting the forests, and also cultivated, among other things, coffee and sugar cane. The first sugar factory is only built in 1845, but stopped its activities in 1897: we can today contemplate the factory’s chimney at “La Vieille Cheminée” estate…