Located in the west of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park has an area of more than 6,500 hectares. It can be accessed from Pétrin, 2.5 km from the Grand Bassin, or from Chamarel. Several hiking trails allow you to discover the richness of the area. There are only nine animal species but 150 varieties of plants.
Its forest is rich in trees: mat wood, camphor, tambalacoque… Among the birds present are the kestrel and the Cato Vert (or Mauritius parakeet). At the very top of the reserve, a viewpoint has been created. You can contemplate the Alexandra Falls and also enjoy a superb view of the southern region of the island.
Macchabee’s route begins at the entrance to the Park through the Black River Gate, where you can park, change, buy a map and get information if necessary. The route is fully marked out, so you have little chance of getting lost. You can go there even if the weather is not good for the sports side, but if you want to enjoy the magnificent panorama that is available to you, the sky must be discovered, which was not the case unfortunately the day we took the pictures.
In wet weather, you must be careful, the ground is slippery and some parts can be very hard, especially the small passage that allows you to reach the kiosk and Macchabee Point View. By leaving early in the morning, you can enjoy this hike without the tourist groups, and thus make much better pictures! Bring good shoes and water.
In Black River Gorge National Park, refresh yourself by swimming in the river that flows from Alexandra Falls. Follow the directions that will lead you there, and swim in calm, crystal clear water. While swimming, admire the amazing waterfalls from afar. After that, enjoy the tranquility of one of the picnic areas for lunch by the edge of a stream. Listen to the soothing songs of local birds under the canopy and spot monkeys playing in the trees.
Keep your camera close at hand to capture the wonderful landscape of quiet valleys and rolling hills. Spectacular waterfalls and volcanic peaks await you.