Located in the heart of Mauritius, the Black River Gorges National Park is an ancient primaeval forest, famous for being the home of endangered species such as the Mauritius Falcon. In earlier times, the extremely hard ebony found in the park was used in making warships in different parts of the world. If you wish to get up-close with nature amidst the abundance of rare plants and unique birds, touring the park on foot is the best option you can think of. The 60-kilometre extended road network inside the park takes more than one day to complete. The best part about the park is the surreal view of this green island from the Gorges Viewpoint. During the 1970s, the place was a picnic spot for the local families. Over the years, with the increasing popularity, it has become a commercial tourist area, and apart from that, the area has been modernised to enhance the experience of the visitors.
After leaving behind the tourist souvenir stalls on the road between Chamarel and Le Petrin, you will reach the viewpoint at the gorge of the Black River. The wooded and wild valleys extend further ahead to the coast where you can find the tourist centre of Flic en Flac.
The Gorges Viewpoint offers a spectacular panoramic view of the endless green stretches. You will be amazed to discover how high the viewing area is from the gorge. On the right side of the viewpoint, you can see a breathtaking waterfall. The path leading to the viewpoint has a unique ambience of its own with some souvenir stalls and very jolly locals who let you experience something nostalgic. Besides, on your way, you come across a group of monkeys that come and greet you as a sign of welcome; however, try not to eat or drink anything before them as they love playing hide and seek with the visitors’ items.
We recommend you to visit the nearby places of Gorges Viewpoint, especially the town of Chamarel that is famous for its restaurants and food and can serve as an ideal stop for lunch. You probably would not find a better combination of waterfalls and viewpoints. Hence, it's highly recommended that you do not miss to bring your cameras along with you as there will be ample opportunities for amazing photographs!
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