The Crown Lodge
A Day at the Races in Mauritius
For a taste of local Mauritian life, make your way to the Crown Lodge. Opened in 2002, this high-end facility overlooks the Champ de Mars, a horseracing track. Horseracing is one of Mauritius’s most popular sports: Champ de Mars hosts more than 20,000 spectators every week. When you arrive at the Crown Lodge, buy an all-inclusive package (the only entrance option) that covers an open bar and snacks throughout the afternoon. You’ll have unobstructed views of the finish line, as well as the opportunity to meet the trainers and horse owners. Betting information, including handicaps and odds, is available for those who are feeling lucky. Whether or not you win, you can at least pretend to be a local for a day.
By Lara Takenaga, AFAR Contributor
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