The oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere, the Mauritius National Botanical Garden was created in the late 18th century.
The 91 acre gardens are located near Port Louis, the capital of the island of Mauritius. One of the biggest attractions is its huge water lilies, although the gardens are also home to over 80 varieties of palm trees from all over the world, as well as sugar cane plants, and spices.
Several famous people, including Robert Mugabe and Princess Margaret, have planted trees over the years. Local guides can be hired for a tour of the gardens, which have become one of the island's biggest attractions.