Things to do in the Black River Gorges National Park in Mauritius

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The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest national park in Mauritius in terms of area. This delightfully charming national park is enclosed by two sides – a drier lowland and humid upland. Formed in 1994, the park caught public attention quickly with stunning gorges and exciting hiking activities. It is also the home to several exotic species of animals like wild pigs, Rusa deer and endangered species of birds such as the echo parakeet, the pink pigeon, Mauritius grey white-eye, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius fody, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike and the Mauritius kestrel. It boasts of having 700 species of flora. There a multitude of activities you can catch up with including hiking in the Macchabée Trail, the Grosse Cateau Verte trail, the Black River Piton, the Savanne sud and Cascade des Galets (Cascade 500 feet)

Birdwatching is another popular activity that tourists get immediately hooked to because it allows them to enjoy what nature has to offer in their very own way.

The Black River Gorges National Park in Mauritius is located in the west region. These gorges make a strikingly lovely canon-like shape which is often compared to the likes of the Grand Canyon in the US. This said it lends a lusher and even more verdant green and refreshing look to it.

How to reach?

The Black River Gorges National Park is close to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. You can reach the park entrance boarding private busses plying regularly from the airport. There are taxis available outside of the airport which can drive you all the way to the outskirts of the park. For information on the Black River Gorges, there are two information centres, one separated by 8km from the Trois Bras Junction, and the other is situated on the east side, some 2km off the Grand Bassin. The best to visit the park is between January and September. The park is open from 7 AM to 4 PM for public, and there is no entry fee to the Black River Gorges National Park.