Discovering the authentic South-West of Mauritius
Explore Nou Zil offers you a different way to discover Mauritius. Thanks to the electric bicycle, excursions to discover the most beautiful landscapes of Mauritius, its fauna, its flora, and the culture of the various components of its population, become a real pleasure where effort gives way to wonder.
The aim is to make you learn, in simplicity and good mood, the different authentic facets of our Mauritius: historical monuments, small trails in the middle of lush nature, magnificent panoramas, majestic mountains, waterfalls, fishing villages …The electric bike remains the mean of locomotion best adapted to explore Chamarel region.
The South-West coast of Mauritius has a crazy charm and a unique cachet that you will have the opportunity to discover if you join us to visit the places that make the magnificence of Chamarel.
A Full Day :
The itinerary of the one day ride of Chamarel with electric bikes
This guided tour starts from the restaurant Le Chamarel over a cup of coffee while you admire the most beautiful view of ‘Moris’ (Mauritius) over the lagoon and the Morne Brabant mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will then move to the Chamarel Rum Distilery with your electric bike.
Once on site a guide will be waiting for you to brief you on the different stages in the production of rum in double-distillation stills. During this interesting guided visit of this Chamarel plant, you will be invited to enjoy a rum tasting and a savoury tasting of pineapples prepared according to three different recipes. It is however advisable to drink in moderation if you want to continue the ride safely.
We shall continue our route on our super bike towards the authentic and typical village of Chamarel.
We shall pass by coffee fields and stop at a view point to admire the magnificent Chamarel waterfall. Further on you will have all the leisure to admire one of the greatest geological curiosities of Mauritius: La Terre des Sept Couleurs (the seven colours earth).
You will next pay a visit to the giant turtles, and understand their universe and why they are there! We will then commence the descent of Fantaisie, which culminates at 240 m, on a beautiful road lined with sugar cane fields.
We will stop for lunch at a place that only a handful of Mauritians are aware of.
This electric bike tour provides a real change of scenery in one of the most visited places in Mauritius. With Explore Nou Zil, you will discover secluded places where few people have access.
After this well-deserved break, we will continue along the South-West coast to visit historic sites in Mauritius. We will take small sandy paths, more pleasant than the asphalt road, in the direction of Bel Ombre. We will stop at the Castle of Bel Ombre (Heritage Le Château), an elegant 19th century colonial style mansion and its its sublime French style garden.
After this refined touch, it is at the former sugar factory of Bel Ombre, in «La Place du Moulin» that our guided tour of Chamarel by electric bike will end. Before leaving you can stroll around for a moment and buy local handicrafts as a souvenir.
Discover the descent of Chamarel / Rhum distillery of Chamarel
with Explore Nou Zil
A safety vehicle will accompany tours of more than four persons, and our qualified Mauritian guides will comment on the strategic places you will visit and allow you sufficient time to admire the beautiful landscapes along your route.
Join us for
an unforgettable experience
- 48 hours notice = free
- 24 hours notice = 50% of the price of the ride will have to be paid
- same day = non-refundable
Photos of your trip in Mauritius will be available on a CD at Rs 800.
Maximum number of participants for each hike: 14 people.
In order to be able to ride in good condition, children will have to be over 1.47m tall and know perfectly how to ride a classic bike.
THE HISTORY OF THE CHAMAREL REGION, MAURITIUS
Chamarel also hosts a superb coffee plantation, unique in Mauritius, that produces Arabica. Grown on 16 hectares, the coffee plants have been carefully selected according to temperature, rainfall, soil quality and sunshine.The first owner of the lands of Chamarel was Jean Louis Lousteau. In 1785 the lands were transferred to his sons, Toussaint and Charles-Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel. The latter settled there around 1793 and supplied wood to the colony by exploiting the forest. He also cultivated, among others, coffee and sugar cane. It was only around 1845 that the first sugar cane factory was built but it closed its doors in 1897. Its chimney, still intact, can be seen on the Domaine de La Vieille Cheminée…