Black River Gorges National Park

Black River Gorges National Park is located in the southwestern part of Mauritius, north of the island’s largest river – the Black River. This park is named after this river. The park was founded in 1994 in order to protect the evergreen tropical forest, the unique flora and fauna of this area. 

The Black River Gorges area covers the eastern part of the Black River Gorge, as well as the Pitrin Plateau, the Maccabi and Bris-Fer Ranges, the Mgenta Scarpent and the Tamarin Gorge, which is well-known for its waterfalls. There is the highest peak of Mauritius – the Riviere Noir peak. It is 826 meters high above sea level. The area of ​​the national park is more than 65 square kilometers. 35 square kilometers are occupied by the Maccabi Bel Ombr nature reserve that was created in 1977.

The natural beauty of these places has made the national park a popular tourist attraction in Mauritius. More than half a million people visit Black River Gorges every year; a stop in the national park is included in the programs of organized sightseeing tours around the island.

The entrance to Black River Gorges is free.

The national park has a developed infrastructure necessary for tourists. There are information points near the main entrances to Black River Gorges. There is a highway that passes through the park. You may plan your way with the Tripety travel app by this road. This road has equipped viewing platforms and equipped picnic areas for Tripety travelers.

Tripety travelers may plan an express tour in the Tripety travel app by taxi or by the rented car and have a stop at the most lovely places and have a walk.

Tour buses usually take Tripety travelers to the Macchabee viewpoint. This is the highest observation deck in Mauritius. You will be impressed with the most lovely views of the Black River Gorges. Also, there is an excellent view of the Alexandra Falls that is located in the national park.

  • Mauritius is a volcanic island that first rose above the waves eight million years ago.
  • The official name of Mauritius is the ‘Republic of Mauritius’.
  • The main languages of Mauritius are Creole, French and English.
  • The majority of the people in Mauritius are Hindus, followed by Roman Catholics, other Christians and Muslims.
  • The main ethnic groups in Mauritius comprise of Indo-Mauritian, Creole, Sino-Mauritian, and Franco-Mauritian.
  • The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian rupee.
  • The capital of Mauritius is Port Luis.
  • Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in 1505, followed by the Dutch.
  • Dutch claimed the island of Mauritius in the year 1598 and named it after Maurice de Nassau, the Prince of Orange.
  • It was only around the beginning of the eighteenth century that French explored Mauritius and founded Port Louis.
  • The highest point in Mauritius is Mont Piton, at 828 m.
  • French conceded Mauritius, along with Seychelles, to Britain in 1814, under the Treaty of Paris.
  • After slavery was abolished in Mauritius, indentured labor from India was made to work in the plantations.
  • Mauritius gained independence in the year 1968. However, much before that, Britain had separated the Chagos islands (British Indian Ocean Territory) from it.
  • Mauritius became a republic in 1992

A lot of waterfalls, wetlands with flowering lilies, picturesque peaks and slopes with paved hiking trails provide an opportunity to see rare species of plants and animals. Some of them grow and live exclusively in the reserve. They are endemic: ebony, tambalakoke, lizards and geckos. Mount Python is a great location for panoramic shots of the waterfalls. Tripety travel blog will help you to share your experiences with other travelers. 

Lake Gran Bassen in the former crater of an ancient volcano is considered sacred by the Hindus. The Ganga Talao temple was built on the shore of the lake and the statues of Shiva and Anuamang were installed.

For hiking, 60 km of roads are offered in relict forests that are miraculously preserved during the massive felling. The inhabitants of the national park are monkeys, wild pigs, deer and native bird species. The territory of the park is a field of activity for researchers, defenders of the natural resources of the island of Mauritius, an educational center for students and schoolchildren.

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