This evening I thought I would share some family holiday snaps from my recent trip to Mauritius.
Mauritius is one of those destinations I’ve dreamed of visiting for maybe 20 years. Because of the kids, and because of the cost, we put it off and put it off, but then last year life events caused up to make the decision that it was just time to do it.
It wasn’t exactly an immediate thing, we booked and saved and waited a year – but I am glad to say it was entirely worth it! Here is a selection of shots from our stay at Balaclava in the north west of the island.
Giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea) may well be my new favourite beast. So gentle, friendly, fascinating in a prehistoric kind of way, and fond of a tickle under the chin and a bite of my youngest son’s finger. The hotel had it’s own enclosure so we visited them several times.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden – otherwise known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens.
The Balaclava ruins within the grounds of the hotel.
Fergus and I had an experience we will never forget when we got to walk with lions at the Casela Nature and Leisure Park. Following a safety briefing where we were asked such questions as ‘Are you sure you can run with that camera?’, there followed a one hour walk with a pair of young lions. Apparently tourists don’t like older lions because they are frightened of them. I suspect older lions would rather walk with the tourists and have them for dinner! Note the lion handler always attentive whilst we stroke them!
On day 7 my youngest, Xanthe, developed Chicken Pox. It could have been a disaster but we managed, the hotel was brilliant, and after a few days and a bit of crusting over she was able to get back into the fun.