Black River Gorges National Park in Mauritius
One of the most beautiful national parks of Mauritius
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Black River Gorges National Park (Mauritius)
The Black River Gorges National Park is located in the western part of the island country of Mauritius. It is the biggest national park and the largest protected forest of Mauritius, offering over 50 km of trails. Come here to explore picturesque hiking trails, enjoy picnic in lush-green rainforest, cool off under waterfalls, and admire rare species of native birds and flowering plants. The park covers 2% of the total landmass of the island country.
Once upon a time, the park was used as a hunting ground. In the year 1994, scientists identified endemic bird species and flowering plants on this site. Since then the site has been given the status of a national park. The park protects the rainforests of the country, but some of them have been destroyed by the introduction of foreign plant species. The national park is rich in biodiversity and contains rare species of birds, plants, and animals. Currently, 700 species of indigenous plants are found in this national park.
Tourist activities to do in Black River Gorges National Park
The park is a great spot for nature lovers. Make a visit to this park with our Black River Gorges National Park travel guide, and enjoy birdwatching and trekking tours frequently organized by the local operators. There are various summits and valleys that can be explored on foot. Tourists can get a glimpse of endemic bird species if they get lucky. And, enjoy their leisure time amidst the spectacular mountains and various waterfalls in the Black River Gorges National Park.
In the Black River Gorges National Park, endemic bird species like the pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius grey white-eye, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius fody, Mauritius kestrel, and Mauritius bulbul can be found.
Tourists can also explore the national park on foot to visit Chamarel Coloured Earth and Trou Aux Cerfs. Nothing gets better in Mauritius than to discover the unspoiled beauty of the rainforests on a half-day hike.
Due to its location in the inner hilly region of Mauritius, Black River Gorges National Park experiences relatively mild temperatures as compared to the rest of the humid island. September through January is the ideal time to visit the park. There are four entrances to the park: the Black River entrance and Case Noyale entrance on the west coast, La Marie entrance in Plaine Wilhems and Chamouny entrance in the south.
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The main entrance to the park is through Black River, Mauritius.
Entry to the park is free. However, visitors have to pay for going on hiking/trekking trails. Prices start from MUR 1200 per person.
It is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm.
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