We were hesitant visiting Mamiku Gardens because of some of the very negative reviews.
We were pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome we received by the lady in the cafe.
At the gate at the car park it is very clearly indicated that visitors are expected to pay at the cafe. So after looking at the map to find the location of the cafe we walked straight to the cafe (following a winding main track / road). We had our entrance fee in our hand and presented that to the lady who reacted very positively as she had had different experiences with other guests.
For me it is all about respect. Well enough written about this.
We received a map and a numbered list of all the plants growing in the gardens. There are many orchids here growing in their natural habitat. I can only share a few of the photos I took (mobile review).
We also climbed up to the ruins of the former estate of the governor / general. Interesting history.
Back in the garden we had to laugh about a sign at Grandpa’s house saying that it had been ‘relatively’ uninhabited the last century or so. It is a ruin where clearly nobody has lived for quite some time.
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