My today’s travel leads me to the green heart of Mauritius. After recurrent congestion in Port Louis and two hours drive I reach the entrance of the Black River Gorges National Park, which is situated in the middle of the island. Black River Gorges is a green oasis, almost jungle-like. To learn another facet of the dream island Mauritius fills me with joy and fascination. I have never been on such a versatile island, in cultural sense as well as in the geographical sense. Dream beaches, volcanic rocks, mountains, deep blue sea, forests and waterfalls, all united here in the Indian Ocean. Black River Gorges covers an area of approximately 6,750 ha, which is, according to research about 3.5% of the Mauritian island. The park is home to countless species of plants and animals (especially birds) and puts you in a jungle adventure. Yesterday on the white sandy beaches and today through the thicket. Despite the blazing sun on the paradise island, the temperature was pleasant and refreshing, thanks to the shady trees, towering into the sky.
During the walk through the Black River Gorges National Park, you can also now and then get a glimpse of colorful birds and even bats. In addition, this hike is less exhausting than the ascent of the seven Tamarin Falls. After about four hours, you reach the other end of the park. The impressions hardly processed, goes further towards the viewpoint of “Le Morne Brabant”. This tour is less stressful because it was merely a drive along the winding roads. After reaching the viewpoint, a further dimension of Mauritius appears. High up overlooking “Ile aux Benetiers” (and even Shilouettes of the “Crystal Rock”) and the sprawling west coast rises an approximately 556 m high mountain – “Le Morne Brabant”, which is apparently located in the center of the south-western peninsula of Le Morne. The view is stunning and thanks to the sinking sun also dream design pictures can be captured. In such moments the same thing happens all over again to me: A sense of perfection and gratitude comes over me and I enjoy every minute, every breath I take just not to forget Mauritius.
The combination of the hike through the Black River Gorges National Park and the visit to the Viewpoint “Le Morne Brabant” is a day trip, which guarantees a lot of variety and is for adventure seekers certainly recommended.