Samedi dan Rodrig - Visit Port Mathurin + Francois Leguat + Lunch
Samedi dan Rodrig: Visit Port Mathurin + Francois Leguat + Lunch
Make the most of your Saturday in Rodrigues with this package including a tour of Port Mathurin, a complete visit of the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve and other key places.
Port Mathurin’s market is the highlight of the town as it is the biggest one on the island. The bustling market has everything; from local handicrafts to spices and delicious pies.
As part of the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve visit, you will get to stroll through the reserve along a 2 km long trail allowing you to discover the flora and fauna of the island. You could easily imagine yourself back in time in the company of the giant tortoises, see the rare Rodrigues fruit bat and also discover the magnificent caves holding stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years.
Another interesting part of the reserve is the museum where you will learn more about the history of Rodrigues and geology. You will also find a real size sculpture of one of the extinct species of giant tortoise once found on Rodrigues, as well as carapaces of different species of tortoises.
Next, you will benefit from a lunch at a popular local restaurant. After the lunch break, you will visit the slave memorial, L’Union before heading towards the age-old St. Gabriel Cathedral.
You will also get to familiarise yourself with a native musical instrument, the tambour, and a local craft. Despite bearing a few similarities to Mauritian music and dance, the Rodriguan music and the island’s folkloric dance, more specifically the séga-tambour, bears some notable divergences that add to its uniqueness.
Inclued in the Samedi dan Rodrig Package
As part of the package, the following is included:
- Tour of Port Mathurin - old & new; from the colony era to the present day
- Shopping in Port Mathurin
- Drive along the Northern coast
- Complete visit of the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve
- Lunch - fish, chicken or vegetarian
- Visit the slave memorial, L’Union
- Discover the history of St. Gabriel Cathedral
- Learn the story of Séga - Tambour
- Learn how to craft a hat, basket, net or a fish trap
Samedi dan Rodrig - Package Condition
Operating Day: Saturday
Duration: 7 hours
Activity Time: 08:30-15:30
Departure point: Your hotel/villa/lodging
Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 12
Reservation: Required 72 hours in advance by phone & subject to availability
Validity: Until 30/06/2020
What you should bring: sports shoes, sunscreen, hat, camera
Mauritian ID card or Resident permit must be shown upon arrival
More Information on the Samedi dan Rodrig Package
Lying on the north coast of Rodrigues, Port Mathurin is a beautiful village that serves as the capital as well as the main harbour of the island. Unmissable sights include its lively market and a splendid viewpoint on Mount Fanal, amongst others.
François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve
Located in the Southern coast of the island, just some minutes away from the airport, discover this 20-hectares of nature reserve of the rich flora and fauna, including spectacular caves that make up for a unique place to visit.
Here with the introduction of endemic plants, shrubs and trees, along with protected animal species, you will experience the pristine nature of the island as it used to be some 300 years back.
Enjoy a nice stroll and close interaction with the giant tortoises which were once present in large numbers. The reserve is a conservation project that was started by Owen Griffiths a zoologist whose dream was to recreate the fauna and flora as it was when the first settlers arrived in Rodrigues.
St Gabriel Church
Constructed between 1936 and 1939, it was built by native volunteers who laboriously carried stone, sand and coral from all corners of the island.
Hats are manually crafted from locally-found, crude materials such as vetiver fibre, pandanus (a palm-like tropical plant, typically known as vacoa), coconut or latanier leaves. For basketry, bamboo or sisal (a coarse and strong fibre) are normally used. Handicrafts like embroidery and basketwork constitute an important part of the Rodriguans’ main vocation.