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Black River Gorges National Park In Mauritius

Overview

In the western part of the island country of Mauritius, the biggest national park, the Black River Gorges National Park is located. It is the largest protected forest of Mauritius offering over 50 km of trails, the National Park covers 2% of the total landmass of the island country.

Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius
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Once the park was used as a hunting ground but in 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 and protects the pristine rain forests of the country. 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, but some of them have been destroyed by the introduction of foreign plant species.

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Must-try Things to Do in Black River Gorges National Park

1) Hiking Trails in Black River Gorges National Park

In the national park, on a half-day hike, one can explore waterfalls, get a glimpse of an endemic bird species and leisure time amidst the spectacular mountains. There are various summits and valleys that can be explored on foot. 

2) Bird watching in Black River Gorges National Park

Endemic bird species like the pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius grey white-eye, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius fody, and Mauritius bulbul can be found In the Black River Gorges National Park.

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3) Waterfall in Black River Gorges National Park

Nothing gets better than to discover the unspoiled beauty of the rain forests, one such beauty is Alexandra waterfalls, which is surrounded by greenery and is a spectacular sight to see. One can reach here via Grand Bassin.

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4) Flora and Fauna in Black River Gorges National Park

A great variety of native plant species create a rich biodiversity, birds ranging from parakeet to Bulbul can be heard on a morning hike and large animals such as Mauritian flying fox and wild pigs can be spotted roaming in the park. However, several zones inside the park are not open to visitors. 

How To Reach The National Park 

Chamarel view point, Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

About 37 kilometres from the national capital Port Louis, the national park is located. Private and local buses and taxis are available frequently from the Airport to the park entrance. Tourists can book private cars, minibuses, and vans too from all the main cities of Mauritius to the Black River Gorges National Park either online or with the help of the hotel staff. One can reach via a rented cab by following the M2 highway in just 1 hour. The park is a great spot for nature lovers. Generally, it takes around 3 to 4 hours to explore the rich environs of the park. The minimum age for visitors is set to 10 years and above.

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Entrance Fees and Timings For Black River Gorges National Park

Entry Fees for Black River Gorges National Park for the Maps is 50 Mauritian Rupees and the trail fees start from 1200 Mauritian Rupees. Black River Gorges National Park experiences relatively mild temperatures as compared to the rest of the humid island, as it is located in the inner hilly region of Mauritius. The ideal time to visit the park is September through January. The park is open from Monday to Sunday around 7:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Come here to explore picturesque hiking trails and trekking tours, enjoy a picnic in a lush-green rain-forest and bird-watching, cool off under waterfalls, and admire rare species of native birds and flowering plants. Make a visit to this park with Pickyourtrail. Check some of the best Mauritius holiday packages and book your getaway now!

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