Located in the southwestern tip of the island, Black River Gorges National Park provides a vast network of walking trails through forested peaks, waterfalls, river and canyons which make up the park. The best time to view the park is during the flowering season between September and January, though the views from the various viewpoints around the park attract visitors year round. The area is home to Mauritius kestrels, pink pigeons (endemic to Mauritius) and echo parakeets, as well as macaque, wild boar and deer, though the latter are less frequently seen. Accessible either as part of a full island day tour or by car, the park delivers an alternative to the beaches and coastal activities elsewhere in the island.
Note: if you choose to self-drive, we suggest stopping by the park’s visitor centre to get maps, and ideally a guide, who can make the most of your time in the park.