With an area spanning over 6500 hectares, the Black River Gorges National Park is the largest in Mauritius. With its clear rivers and waterfalls, it offers a unique and majestic setting for hiking. Several tracks, with none being particularly difficult, are proposed between 2 and 7 hours of walking and lead to breathtaking panoramas and cliffs.
This huge natural park shelters many endemic and rare plants such as ebony, mat wood, mapou wood and exotic plants such as teak, mango tree, Chinese guava. The rare variety of birds is a real goldmine to ornithologists who can observe the tropicbird, pink pigeon, kestrel, Echo parakeet (Mauritius parakeet, the rarest in the world). With a little luck you might come across monkeys playing in trees.
If you are in a hurry, take the Plaine Champagne Road N° B103, linking Grand Bassin and Chamarel, to discover Black River Gorges National Park. This beautiful road is punctuated with belvederes from which you can admire both the wooded valleys and the coast. Don’t miss the sensational view at the Alexandra Falls viewpoint.
If you are more on the sporty side, you can always start this exceptional outdoor trip from Le Pétrin. An information kiosk is located in the car park and sells maps outlining the different tracks with their difficulty levels.
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Tips for hiking
Don’t hesitate to bring water, good hiking shoes, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.