Chamarel probably is one of the most famous places in the southwest of Mauritus. Far beyond the country’s borders people already heard of the seven colored earth, a highly frequented attraction and a unique phenomenon.
The drive to Chamaral leads me again through the green landscape of the Black River Gorges National Park and already at the entrance of the Chamarel waterfall and the seven colored earth, you find a crow of interested people. To be able to admire this natural phenomenon, an entry fee is required, because the park is owned privately. An amazing picture emerges shortly after the exit from the car. The Chamarel waterfall presents itself in its full glory. Along the colored shimmering rock, surrounded by the lush vegetation, the Chamarel waterfall plunges to a depth of about 100 m. A breathtaking view and certainly a place to stay. The photographing of such motifs probably makes any amateur photographer a professional, because in view of this perfection of the natural image composition one can’t take a bad picture. If you let your view wandering over the horizon, nothing anymore remembers the white sandy beaches and turquoise sea. One more time I realize how incredibly diverse Mauritius is and yet with constantly pleasant weather and temperatures. After I’ve absorbed the depth and beauty of the Chamarel waterfall in me, I’m making my way to the famous seven colored earth. It is presumed that this phenomenon is related to the weather conditions and the volcanic rock. Not even 1 kilometer further I reach the entrance of this natural phenomenon to convince myself, with my own eyes, of its existence. The clear park hosts a few giant tortoises and a restaurant with a view over the seven colored earth. Along and behind the demarcation, rises before the eyes of the beholder, a desert-like landscape, sandy, earthy and actually in different colors. It seems almost compulsively to count the colors from red, yellow, orange, violet, green to blue tones. Despite the rather modest weather today, the colors are clearly visible.
So colorful this earth is, so diverse is Mauritius, which is why the combination of these two elements in more than one sense is indisputable for me. A visit, I would even say is essential, because this natural phenomenon is probably unique in the world.