Black River Gorges National Park
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Visit of the Black River Gorges National Park
Discover the Black River Gorges Nature Park, where you will see many endangered species of plants and animals and will get a breathtaking view of Alexandra waterfalls.
The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest protected forest of Mauritius. Providing over 50 km of magnificent and yet challenging hiking trails. This is the best way to get into the deep nature of Mauritius whether you prefer a hardcore climb to the highest peak or a gentler ramble through the forest.
There are four entry points to the National Park. While strolling in the midst of nature, this green area will fill you with a sense of serenity and peace. This nature reserve provides over 50 km of trails where you can trek and explore the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the island. The enchanting, wild expanse of thick forest is home to over 300 species of flowering plants and 9 species of birds unique to Mauritius, including the famous pink pigeon, which is staging a very gradual comeback from the brink of extinction.
As you keep exploring you will find spellbinding waterfalls (Alexandra Falls in particular), pristine rivers, picnic areas, wide canyons and dramatic mountain ranges, which create panoramic views altogether
About the Black River Gorges National Park
Amidst the unspoilt rainforest of Mauritius, there is almost 17,000 acres of rolling hills, deep valleys, spectacular waterfalls and unparalleled beauty of flora and fauna in the southwestern region- welcome to the Black River Gorges. It covers 2 % of the thick native forests and rolling hills of the southwestern part of Mauritius.
The Black River Gorges Nature Reserve was constructed in order to save the natural vegetation of the island and make it one of the most important Mauritian sights. One can walk along the greenery and reach the highest point of the island, which is the Black River Peak.
Facilities for visitors include two information centres, picnic areas and 60 kilometers of trails.
The Black River Gorges National park protects most of the island's remaining rainforest, and is home to many species of wild animals and birds. Some endangered bird species include the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet, the pink pigeon, Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius bulbul, and Mauritius olive white-eye. You might also find the introduced wild boar, macaque monkeys, and deer wandering in the wild nature.
About the Alexandra Waterfall
Located some 700 meters above sea level, the incredible Alexandra Falls is found in the Black River Gorges National Park. The luxuriant flora and fauna of the forest and the magnificent landscapes altogether make it a wonderful way to connect with nature.
You can get access to the waterfalls by going to Plaine Champagne and heading towards Grand Bassin. All you need to do is to look out for the signpost of the Alexandra Falls Viewpoint, and once there, you will find a large parking area with refreshment sellers.
Spend a tranquil moment in the surrounding virgin green valley, which is home to some endemic avian species and flora.
Facilities at the Black River Gorges National Park
- Information center
- Picnic Area
- It is recommended to bring hiking shoes, sun cream and mosquito repellent
- Weekdays: 07:00 - 16:00
- Weekends: 09:00- 17:00
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