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I happened to find Nature Trails in the Internet as I wanted to experience Mauritius from a completely different perspective and not only from the beach and typical tourist side. I just searched "Excursions Mauritius" and the Nature Trails website immediately came up. We looked around a bit to check out other sites but, eventually decided to send an email to Nature Trails & book a tour with them.
Their reply came back within a short time along with some other insider tips about what we could find/do near the hotel and most important, we found the tips about the dress code for the excursion very helpful. Long trousers and good shoes are a must...
On the day of the excursion, Alain came right on time to meet us. There were only four of us in the vehicle. Alain who is Mauritian, speaks perfect German and knows everything about his island; the plants, the local fruits, the places. Right at the first viewpoint, he showed us and clearly explained the whole route, viewpoints and programme with the help of a map. Most of these places are on private properties with stunning views.
A lunch stop at a local family is included in the excursion. Lindsay was such a nice host and the meal was a real treat. This is definitely not what the "normal tourist" get to experience.
Every aspect of the excursion contributed to make the tour a real experience and a wonderful day. Alain is really a great guide who knows the island extremely well. We can only hope that this was not our last time in Mauritius and should we have the possibility to visit Mauritius again, we will definitely book another tour with Nature Trails.
Thanks Hannelore & Alain for such unforgettable moments.