Mascarene Islands


The Mascarene Islands combines Mauritius, Rodrigues Reunion and a number of small islets together in the Tropic of Capricorn. Each island has its own unique attraction. Nature lovers will be drawn to the beauty of the Mauritian beaches, the coral reefs of Reunion and volcanic landscape of Reunion.

Mauritius is found 800km east of Madagascar and 220kms north east of its nearest neighbour Reunion. The vegetation of the islands was a vast forest habitat and known to be originally quite diverse ranging from the coastal wetland and swamps forest and palm savanna to montane forest.

The flora is diverse and contains many unique species. Most of the flora has affinities with Africa and Madagascar with particular interest in high diversity of spices, succulents and palm species as the Latania lontaroides (red latan), Latania lodigesiil (blue latan), Hyphorbe lagenicaulis (bottle palm) that exist and are still propagated.