Welcome to Black River Gorges National Park


Once prime hunting grounds, the area became a protected reserve in 1994 after scientists identified over 300 species of flowering plant, nine endemic species of bird and a 4000-strong population of giant fruit bats. It remains an important habitat for three of the island's most endangered bird species: the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon. Introduced wild boar, macaque monkeys and deer also wander through the vast swaths of old-growth ebony, and sightings are not uncommon.


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Black River Gorges National Park activities

$108.47 Day Trips & Excursions

Southwest Mauritius Tour: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs

Your day starts with pickup from your hotel on the north, east, west or south side of the island. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history from your guide as you drive along the west coast to the Rivière Noire District. Pass through Le Morne, La Prairie and Macondé before curving back into the mountains to the picturesque village of Chamarel.Visit Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Mauritius that plunges more than 328 feet (100 meters) against a scenic backdrop of forests and mountains. Continue to the Seven Coloured Earth, a striking geological formation created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures. Admire the exposed hillsides glowing with red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow colors.Next, head to La Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery to sample local rum. Follow your tasting with a delicious, traditional 3-course lunch served with Chamarel coffee and water at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue up to a high plateau and reach a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park. Listen as your guide points out the variety of flora and fauna thriving below.In the district of Savanne, visit the secluded Grand Bassin lake, an important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. Continue on to the Trou aux Cerfs, a huge volcanic crater formed millions of years ago. From here you’ll enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the island before you head to see the Shop of Ship Model.The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island. Le Port’s eye for detail and quality has many customers visiting them from around the world. Their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. At times it requires more than six months for a craftsman to produce a particular model. They also create half models and replicas. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

$2850 Cultural & Theme Tours

11-Day Best of Mauritius, Long Stay Winter Escape to Mauritius

ItineraryDay 1: Airport to Tamassa ResortStop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportPick-up upon arrival at the Airport and take a scenic drive to your hotel with your driver/guide.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tamassa Resort a 4-star property.Day 2: Full day Tamassa ResortPass By: TamassaFull day at Tamassa to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight on All-inclusive basis at Tamassa, a 4-star resort.Day 3: Full day Tamassa ResortPass By: Bel OmbreFull day at Tamassa to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tamassa resort on an all-inclusive basis, a 4-star hotel.Day 4: Full day Tamassa ResortPass By: Bel OmbreFull day at Tamassa to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tamassa resort on an all-inclusive basis, a 4-star hotel.Day 5: Bel Ombre – Le MornePass By: Le Morne Beach, MauritiusAfter breakfast at the hotel set-off with private driver guide to the south of Mauritius, one of the most scenic and unspoiled parts of the island. Our full day south tour places the emphasis very much on nature, visiting the extinct volcano of Trou aux Cerfs, the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the unique seven coloured earth in Chamarel - a small authentic village with a thousand inhabitants, often referred to as the cradle of Creole culture - and admiring the breath-taking view of Black River Gorges National Park – this is a full day of scenically contrasting delights.Lunch (included) will be served in a local restaurant in Chamarel.This afternoon you drive along the west coast for your next destination, Le Morne.Check-in at Lux* Le Morne (5-star hotel).Overnight at Lux* Le Morne on BB Basis.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Le Morne on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 6: Full Day LUX* Le MornePass By: Le Morne Beach, MauritiusFull day at LUX* Le Morne to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Le Morne on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 7: Full Day LUX* Le MornePass By: Le Morne Beach, MauritiusFull day at LUX* Le Morne to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Le Morne on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 8: Le Morne - Grand GaubePass By: Grand Gaube Beach, Grand GaubeAfter breakfast we head to Port Louis, the Capital City located on the North-West Coast. You will visit the old Port Louis city that keeps within, a wealth of historical and cultural places of interest such as The Citadel which offers a panoramic view of the City, the folkloric Central Market and other landmarks reflecting multi-ethnic Mauritius, notably Chinese pagodas, Indian Temples, Mosques and Churches.Lunch will be served at a private house in the outskirts of Port Louis.In the afternoon visit Pamplemousses and its legendary botanical garden. Known by botanists the world over, the garden is famous for its unique collection of indigenous and exotic plants. Worthy of a special mention is the giant water lilies and a large variety of palm trees among which the exceptional Talipot palm, known to flourish only once every 60 years.The next stop will be at L’Aventure Du Sucre, an ancient sugar factory turned into a museum to trace the history and importance of sugar cane.Drive to Grand Gaube which is your destination. Check-in at Lux* Grand Gaube.Overnight at Lux* Grand Gaube on BB Basis.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Grand Gaube on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 9: LUX* Grand GaubePass By: LUX Grand GaubeFull day at LUX*Grand Gaube to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Grand Gaube on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 10: LUX* Grand GaubePass By: LUX Grand GaubeFull day at LUX*Grand Gaube to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Grand Gaube on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 11: Transfer to AirportPass By: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportTransfer to the Airport for your outbound flight.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1495 Luxury & Special Occasions

8 Days in Mauritius - Stay in a 5-Star Resort

ItineraryDay 1: Airport - Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportPick-up upon arrival at the Airport and take a scenic drive to your hotel with your driver/guide.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel. Day 2: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 3: Full Day Dolphin Catamaran CruiseStop At: La Preneuse Public BeachCapture the beauty of Mauritius’ west coast aboard a spacious and well-appointed catamaran. Embark on full day catamaran dolpin cruise in Mauritius to see dolphins in their natural habitat, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: BBQ lunch on Catamaran. Drinks and snacks are included during the cruise. • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 4: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel. Relax and recharge at the luxurious spa. Experience the healing powers of the elements.Complimentary water sports activities include wind or paddle surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and a pedalo. Discover the Indian Ocean with glass bottom boats. Indulge in a local rum cocktail at the infinity pool. Two tennis courts and a landscaped pool with a kids' corner are available. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 5: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel. Relax and recharge at the luxurious spa. Experience the healing powers of the elements.Complimentary water sports activities include wind or paddle surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and a pedalo. Discover the Indian Ocean with glass bottom boats. Indulge in a local rum cocktail at the infinity pool. Two tennis courts and a landscaped pool with a kids' corner are available. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 6: Full Day South TourStop At: Black River Gorges National Park, MauritiusAfter breakfast at the hotel set-off with private driver guide to the south of Mauritius, one of the most scenic and unspoiled parts of the island. Our full day south tour places the emphasis very much on nature, visiting the extinct volcano of Trou aux Cerfs, the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the unique seven coloured earth in Chamarel - a small authentic village with a thousand inhabitants, often referred to as the cradle of Creole culture - and admiring the breath-taking view of Black River Gorges National Park – this is a full day of scenically contrasting delights.Lunch (included) will be served in a local restaurant in Chamarel.This afternoon drive back to your hotel through the west coast passing by Salt pans and small villages. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 7: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel. Relax and recharge at the luxurious spa. Experience the healing powers of the elements.Complimentary water sports activities include wind or paddle surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and a pedalo. Discover the Indian Ocean with glass bottom boats. Indulge in a local rum cocktail at the infinity pool. Two tennis courts and a landscaped pool with a kids' corner are available. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 8: Transfer to Airport.Stop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportTransfer to the Airport for your outbound flight.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$95.91 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Full Day South West Tours of Mauritius

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trou aux Cerfs, MauritiusVolcano CraterDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Ganga Talao - Grand Bassin, MauritiusHindu TempleDuration: 35 minutesStop At: Alexandra Falls, Union ParkView Point and WaterFallDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Black River Gorges National Park, MauritiusView Point and WaterFall Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Rhumerie de Chamarel, ChamarelVisit and Rhum TastingDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Chamarel Waterfall, MauritiusWaterFall and 7 Colours EarthDuration: 35 minutes

$120.74 Day Trips & Excursions

Curepipe to Trou-aux-Cerfs, La Rhumerie de Chamarel Day Trip

The journey starts with an introduction to the art of glass blowing in Phoenix followed by a stop for a glance into the country's seafaring past at a model ship factory (Thursday only). Contrast the views looking down onto the high plateaus on the edges of the extinct volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs with the mysticism of the sacred Hindu lake of Grand-Bassin. Your adventure into nature continues in the Black River Gorges National Park, a marvellous reserve full of wildlife and native flora.At La Rhumerie de Chamarel be initiated into the secrets of the manufacture of agricultural rum, with a chance to taste it at the end of the guided tour. Following which enjoy a delicious lunch in the locality. With its earths of the seven colours – a spectacular geological phenomenon – and a waterfall more than 100m high Chamarel is a must-see location!Please note: You have the option of taking this tour with the shopping option or no shopping included. See pricing details for further info.

$141.97 Private & Custom Tours

Curepipe to Trou-aux-Cerfs and Black River Gorges Private Tour

Contrast the views looking down onto the high plateaus on the edges of the extinct volcano of Trou-aux-Cerfs with the mysticism of the sacred Hindu lake of Grand-Bassin. Your adventure into nature continues in the Black River Gorges National Park, a marvellous reserve full of wildlife and native flora.At La Rhumerie de Chamarel be initiated into the secrets of the manufacture of agricultural rum, with a chance to taste it at the end of the guided tour. Following which enjoy a delicious lunch in the locality. With its earths of the seven colours – a spectacular geological phenomenon – and a waterfall more than 100m high Chamarel is a must-see location!

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