Discovering the Hidden Gems of Black River Gorges National Park: A Guide to West Coast Mauritius

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This is your official welcome to Black River Gorges National Park, one of the most stunning protected areas on the island of Mauritius' western coast. It is home to some of Mauritius' most breathtaking natural scenery and spans a whopping 6,574 hectares. The purpose of this guide is to help you find the park's less-obvious attractions.

National Parks in the West of Mauritius

Anyone in search of adventure and a connection with nature will find what they're looking for at Black River Gorges National Park. The park is well-known for the variety and rarity of its plant and animal life. Hiking, bird viewing, and leisurely strolls through nature are just some of the options available to tourists.

Almost sixty kilometres of trails lead hikers through the park's verdant forest, past cascading waterfalls, and to breathtaking vistas. As the trails are numbered, finding one's way around the park is a breeze. All skill levels can find an appropriate trail here, as their difficulty varies.

Hikers flock to the Black River Peak Trail because it leads to the island's highest peak. The hike is strenuous, but the stunning views of the island and the sea are well worth the effort. The length of the trail is roughly 3.5 kilometres and it will take you between 2 and 3 hours to hike it.

Another common pastime in the park is watching various species of birds. The park provides a haven for about 300 different bird species, including the endemic Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, and Mauritius parakeet. The park's visitor centre is the place to go to schedule a bird watching excursion.

If you'd rather take things at a slower pace, the park also provides guided nature walks so you can learn more about the park's flora and animals. The walks are well-informed and educational, shedding light on the park's special ecosystem for visitors.

Find the Unseen Treasures

When you visit Black River Gorges National Park, you can do much more than just hike or view birds. The park is full of treasures that are just waiting to be found.

The Alexandra Falls are a little-known but absolutely stunning attraction. You may reach the falls after a short walk through beautiful vegetation. The falls are a great place to relax and take in the park's stunning scenery because they are less frequented than some of the other attractions.

The Mare Longue Reservoir is another undiscovered treasure. The park's reservoir serves as a focal point and draws visitors for fishing and picnicking. It's a perfect place to get away from the stress of everyday life because of the peaceful waters and serene environment.

The park is home to a network of mountain bike paths that allow adventurers to pedal around the region's harsh landscape. The paths are accessible to riders of all skill levels and provide a special perspective on the park's scenery.

Have a Game Plan for Your Trip

Access to Black River Gorges National Park is possible daily between the hours of 6 AM and 6 PM. Parking costs a few dollars, but entering the park is free. Visitors should bring comfortable shoes and water and sunscreen. Bring bug repellent, as mosquitoes can be a problem in the park.

In conclusion, tourists to Mauritius should not miss out on seeing Black River Gorges National Park. The park's diverse wildlife, beautiful scenery, and exciting activities make it the ideal vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Thanks for reading, and we hope this guide encourages you to explore every corner of this stunning national park.

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