Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius

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Explore the range of Mauritian plant and animal life at Black River Gorges National Park, a protected area that includes the last of the nation's rainforest. Encompassing around two percent of the country's total space, the area is formally protected from further deforestation after being proclaimed a national park in 1994. Spot rusa deer and wild pigs, along with endemic species like the Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius kestrel, and the pink pigeon. The variety in the wildlife comes with the area's diversity of climate and habitat, with humid upland forest, dry lowland forest, and heathland all here. For Black River Gorges National Park and beyond, use our Mauritius road trip planner to get the most from your Mauritius vacation.
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  • We did a day trip and are to run through the Park. You can take the heavy lines with even as dangerous call - be sure good shoes. Not despite--the Outlook is the absolute hammer!
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  • The national park is ideal to learn more about endemic vegetation of Mauritius. The hike trails are well marked. We saw a.o. the pink pigeon. It is definitely worth exploring.  more »
  • Great place to walk and enjoy beautiful scenery, plants and birds. Petrin Info centre to Black River Info centre takes around 2.5 - 3hrs for easy walk pace. Best way to end the trail is to take a dip in the river near the parking area at Black River National Park. Trails have directional signage and does not necessary need a guide. GPS signals almost everywhere along the trail.
  • If you plan to hike, which you must to see the waterfall, then wear appropriate hiking shoes and take a small backpack with drinks & snacks. We took the easy hiking route. It took us an hour and a half to get from start to the waterfall. There were rocks and boulders most of the ways and occasional climbing along the trails. In some areas, you had to watch your head and footing due to thick, low foliage and slippery terrain. The route has markers to keep you on the right path. The park closes at 6pm, so be sure you have ample time to make it back to base.
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