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Le Morne Peninsula

Listed under Long, Sandy Shores in Mauritius.

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  • Photo of Le Morne Peninsula
  • Photo of Le Morne Peninsula
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Some of this country’s best beaches can be found along this 4km stretch of coast, which leads up to a large dark and rocky outcrop at the very southern tip of Mauritius. And behind that are the posh resorts and hotels.

The looming basalt mass has steep cliffs which hide caves and overhangs, but also one of the world’s rarest plants, the Mandrinette, which looks like a small hibiscus. The Mourn-ful name of the rock is from a local story that says run away slaves used to hide here, and when slavery way abolished a ‘possie’ was sent to tell them, but they mistook the reason for the visit and jumped from the cliffs to their death. There’s no actual proof of this story but there are is an annual memorial day commemorating the event.

This story is a contrast to the wealthy visitors who are this peninsula’s only inhabitants today. Two resorts sprawl over most of the peninsular from the base of the mountain, Le Morne, to the coast, but they’re owned by the same company so guests are able to use the facilities of both.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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