Next item on Tour Jackster was Pont Naturel, a natural bridge on the south coast. The journey was as interesting as the view; we left the tarmac road and continued the last two miles on dirt roads between sugar cane plots to the coast. Here volcanic lava had reached the sea and cooled fast to form a rugged platform. Wave action had under cut the cliff to create a natural bridge. Le Pont Naturel.
Lunch was taken at a cafe in the coastal town of Mahebourg; a substantial biryani and chicken with a cup of tea made just for us. We walked along the promenade, tasted some very fine home made ice cream and met a party of special school children on a day out. All the children were hearing impaired and from less privileged families. We caught up with them and their London educated psychologist at a Coast Guard presentation. Sweet and generous Gary treated all the children and their teachers to ice creams and didn't mention it.
From Mahebourg we took the east coast road all the way back to Grand Bay. On the way we stopped at Grand River South East (the village sign abbreviated to G.R.S.E) waterfall. You could take a tourist boat from the village to the base of the fall or you could park, where else but in the cane, and walk to the top of the falls to look at the tourists in the boats and the waterfall. The fall was pretty, the people watching addictive.
|People watching at GRSE falls|
Last call of the day and of our two days of exploring was watching the sunset at Cap Malheureux on the northern tip of the island. This is bay where the British navy landed in 1812 and chased the French out of the country. Which is why Mauritians use French for everyday and English as the official language of government and law.
|Cape Malhereux church|
It's also a scenic spot to have you're official wedding photos taken.