Family fun in Mauritius

Happy kids mean relaxed parents, and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to keeping your kids happy in Mauritius. When your brood needs a break from the beach, here are a few other fun activities to keep their island vibe. And from only R7999 per person for 7 nights’ accommodation including flights, transfers and a selection of activities, your whole family could be smiling soon! Contact holidays@kulula.com.)

Dive into the deep in a submarine

(Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius)

Explore the sea without getting wet on a submarine ride. Blue Safari offers both submarine (all ages) and sub-scooter (from 8 years old) tours that allow you to submerge yourself – and your kids – without bothering with a regulator or wetsuit. You will be taken out to an old wreck, the Star Hope, where zebrafish, eels and other sea life hang out. At the end of the trip, you will receive a certificate signed by the pilot as proof that you were 35 metres under the sea.

Go Wild At Casela World of Adventures

(Royal Road, Cascavelle)

Casela World of Adventures is a wholesome, fun-filled experience for the entire family. Take the African Safari to see the very best of African wildlife by safari bus, Quad or Segway. Or explore the park’s rugged terrain on horseback or through an exclusive camel ride. The park offers unique up-close encounters with big cats such as lions and cheetahs (an adult-only activity), as well as the island’s only dry toboggans and scenic zip lines (zip line minimum ages 6-8 years old depending on the circuit). For the little ones there is a petting farm and kids can also feed giraffes, colourful lorikeets and even a pygmy hippo called Athena. They’ll love the bird park, tortoise park (don’t sit on top of them!), and play area.

Hold crocs at La Vanille Nature Park

Set in an atmospheric rain forest valley, 2000 Nile crocodiles are bred here. Kids can hold a six-month-old crocodile feeling how soft its underbelly is. Its jaws are bound with a band as they are born with 68 teeth. Although they are a protected species, as they are bred in the park, you can head for lunch at The Hungry Crocodile Restaurant and tuck into crocodile burger. Feed Aldabra giant tortoises (picture thirty tortoises heading towards you with beaks ready to chomp on your buckets of carrot leaves and veg), and meet Octar the iguana. Marvel at the colours and shapes of the collection of over 25 000 species of butterfly and beetle housed in the Insectarium. Little kids will love the petting farm with ponies, donkeys, rabbits, pigs, wild boar, peacocks and ducks.

Stroll around the garden

(Pamplemousses)

Take a relaxing walk around the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (commonly known as Pamplemousses) which showcases the flora (and some fauna) of Mauritius. Your kids will marvel at the size of the giant lily pads. In addition to its famous water lilies, the garden also features spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and 85 varieties of palms, plus many unusual tree specimens like the Indian Almond tree, the Philippines bread-root and the Caribbean laurel.

Go Go karting

(Cascavelle Shopping Mall, Flic en Flac)

For ages 8 and up you can get racy at Casela Karting, an outdoor track located within the precinct of Cascavelle Shopping Mall, only 1.3km away from Casela World of Adventures. Open 7 days a week from 11am to 11pm, it is the only racing track in Mauritius with a cosy sports bar where you can catch a breathtaking sunset from the terrace while sipping a signature cocktail.