Black River Gorges National Park

Black River Gorges National Park

Black River Gorges National Park
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This 6,574-hectacre natural reserve is filled with hiking trails to observe the indigenous forests and variety of wildlife.
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  • BlueXpedition Mauritius
    Pointe d'Esny14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Beauty Beyond Imagination - Gorges Viewpoint
    The Gorges Viewpoint truly lives up to its name, offering an unparalleled perspective of nature's grandeur. As I stood on the precipice, gazing down into the deep, rugged chasms below, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of awe and wonder. The layered rock formations carved by the passage of time were a testament to the Earth's intricate artistry, and I couldn't help but marvel at the forces that had shaped this breathtaking landscape. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an avid photographer, or simply seeking a moment of respite, the Gorges Viewpoint is an absolute must-visit. It's a place that reminds us of the Earth's raw power and exquisite elegance, and it's bound to leave an indelible mark on anyone fortunate enough to witness its majesty. I wholeheartedly recommend this destination to anyone seeking an unforgettable encounter with the wonders of our world.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Anna
    Manchester, United Kingdom213 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out!
    We did the Machabee viewpoint walk starting from the Petrin visitor centre. We had a hire car so parked up in the visitor centre car park (there is plenty of parking and toilets available). We spoke to the man at the entrance who pointed us towards the map. The various walks are very well signed so you really don’t need a guide! The signage shows the difficulty level, distance and time and they are all colour coded. We originally intended to do the machabee loop but we arrived a bit later than anticipated so opted for the shorter machabee viewpoint. The viewpoint consists of a kiosk overlooking the view where we sat for a snack and some water. We didn’t see many people on our walk, there were a few people at the viewpoint but it wasn’t busy at all. The walk itself was not particularly exciting (mostly flat dirt tracks) and the views were not great along the way. The end viewpoint was nice but you get arguably better views from the Gorge viewpoint which you can access by car. We later did the Le Morne Brabant hike and if you don’t have time to do them both, I would 100% recommend that hike over this - the views from Le Morne are spectacular! After our walk we then drove to the Gorge viewpoint and the waterfall viewpoint which are both along the same road further down from the Petrin visitor centre. The Gorge viewpoint is definitely worth a visit!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Janos Karsai
    Kanfanar, Croatia96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a place worth visiting
    If you are into hiking, you can dpend more days in this amazing national park. Well, we are not that much, so we spent only a few hours here, visited some of the viewpoints, waterfalls and walked a bit around. Nut only from what we saw, this place is breathtaking, beautiful views, amazing birds and if you are lucky enough some close interaction with monkeys. We were lucky enough, or actually they were smart enough to steal all my fruits so after that they were all around us for an hour. An experience for a lifetime!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2024
  • Kardoesie
    South Africa4,333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking from Petrin @ Black River Gorge National Park
    Our group of friends went for a hike on a Saturday morning from the Petrin entrance. We hiked the 4.3 km hike (8.6km there and back) to the Maccabee view point. The park offers clean toilets, safe parking and an informative visitors’ centre. The trails are in good condition, are well maintained, with clear signage, refuse bins, picnic spots and benches. The views across the natural forests of the Black River Gorge National Park are panoramic. Take water, a hat & sunscreen. Ideal for a great hike in nature.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 16, 2024
  • Ula P
    Germany46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Black River National Park
    That place is only Nature. Mountains,Forrest, Waterfall,real magic.It is also home of monkeys. Beautiful area to spend time there. Small market with souvenirs availibale. Defenitly recommend to day trip.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 17, 2024
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Anna
Manchester, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We did the Machabee viewpoint walk starting from the Petrin visitor centre. We had a hire car so parked up in the visitor centre car park (there is plenty of parking and toilets available). We spoke to the man at the entrance who pointed us towards the map. The various walks are very well signed so you really don’t need a guide! The signage shows the difficulty level, distance and time and they are all colour coded. We originally intended to do the machabee loop but we arrived a bit later than anticipated so opted for the shorter machabee viewpoint. The viewpoint consists of a kiosk overlooking the view where we sat for a snack and some water. We didn’t see many people on our walk, there were a few people at the viewpoint but it wasn’t busy at all. The walk itself was not particularly exciting (mostly flat dirt tracks) and the views were not great along the way. The end viewpoint was nice but you get arguably better views from the Gorge viewpoint which you can access by car. We later did the Le Morne Brabant hike and if you don’t have time to do them both, I would 100% recommend that hike over this - the views from Le Morne are spectacular!
After our walk we then drove to the Gorge viewpoint and the waterfall viewpoint which are both along the same road further down from the Petrin visitor centre. The Gorge viewpoint is definitely worth a visit!
Written November 25, 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
The place was excellent and rich with its natural biodiversity. I would recommend only mid- to well-experienced hikers to attempt the trail. There are some monkeys nearby. For taking in the sights, there is a platform at one end for all the photographers. A small series of stalls hawk the usual souvenirs at the entrance.
Written October 31, 2021
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Shidah C
West Malling, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A must visit when in Mauritius. Preferably the full day so you can cover the 7 falls with a guide and book in advance. The half day covers up to 5 falls only but also very picturesque. There are several adventure companies. Walking boots are necessary as the roots and terrain can be quite tricky and slippery. Take a swim suit with you. A rain jacket is also useful as it can shower a fair bit this time of the year. Might be worth to drive to Chameral.
Written August 12, 2022
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miniscot
Canterbury, UK141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
we visited as part of a 'beautiful south' coach excursion. the scenery is very dramatic and we were lucky to have good weather and visibility. it clouded up later in the day and I think there would have been no visibility at all from the viewpoint, so I'd advise visiting in the morning if you can.
Written January 9, 2020
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polatseda75
Istanbul, Türkiye16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
In May 2022, my wife and I made a 1-week trip to Mauritius for our 20th wedding anniversary. On this trip we traveled the north and west of the island and saw some wonderful places. National Park also fascinated us with its nature. We would like to thank our dear local guide Mr. Rajesh for showing us these amazing places. With his positive, smiling, problem-solving and professional approach, he created a wonderful comfort zone for our trip. We definitely recommend. Contact number: +230 5256 1833

Mayıs 2022'de eşimle 20. evlilik yıldönümümüz için Mauritius'a 1 haftalık seyahat gerçekleştirdik. Bu seyahatte adanın kuzeyini ve batısını gezdik ve harika yerler gördük. National Park da bizi doğasıyla büyüledi. Bu muhteşem yerleri bize gezdiren sevgili yerel rehberimiz bay Rajesh'e teşekkür etmek isteriz. Pozitif, güleryüzlü, sorun çözücü, profesyonel yaklaşımı ile gezimize harika bir konfor alanı yarattı. Mutlaka tavsiye ederiz. İletişim numarası: +230 5256 1833
Written June 3, 2022
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Lochlann
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We parked at the Black River car park and completed the Pilgrims trail and the Machabee trail. If it has recently rained you will need proper hiking boots for some challenging parts of the climb in the mud (some of the trail had rope to help you climb). Only a small portion of the trail would be accessible in trainers (for example we had to cross a river at the end which would have completely soaked our feet). The views of the Forrest were very good and we enjoyed the day, however the views were not as nice as Le Pouce or Le Morne (still an excellent activity however.)
Written June 12, 2022
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Kamlesh Boodhoo
Vacoas-Phoenix27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We decided to hike the highest mountain of Mauritius that peaked at 824 mètres but we started off near a lay by on the
Plaine Champagne read near the Black River Gorges viewpoint. This was about 300 mètres above sea level. It was a hike that alternated with steep slopes both ascent and descent. We had stunning panoramic views over Le Morne Mountain and Chamarel. To reach the summit, we had to use the ropes that were present to ascent the lady 200 mètres that is very steep ascent, which we guessed must be very slippery when it rains. From the summit, we had views of Grand Bassin, Mare Aux Vacoas.
On the other side, we could see La Tourelle Mountain, Corps de Garde. It’s a worthy hike as it is easily accessible and the path is a straightforward, no bifurcation. It took us nearly 3 hours to complete but it is advisable to wear good hiking shoes as the terrain can be muddy at some places.
Written October 2, 2022
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hatlady2018
Reading, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We did a self guided hike up to the highest part of Mauritius (Bench 828). The path starts on the road from Petrin to Chamarel - a few hundred metres further south from the layby where there is a viewpoint of the Riviere Noire waterfall, (along with various stalls selling souvenirs) .You don't need a guide, since there is just one path up. It's not the easiest of walks, with lots of boulders, tree roots and the odd fallen tree. At the end, it's so steep a rope has been placed to help you get to the top. The walk took about 2.5 hours to get to the bench and back. The view from the top was really good, but there isn't a lot to see along the way as there's no gaps in the trees.
Written March 19, 2023
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Jocelyn S
Magliano Sabina, Italy419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Entering the Black River Gorges from Grande Riviere Noire (the more direct route from Case Noyale is closed for extensive road restoration), we chose this trail to the Waterfall because of the multiple choices it was marked as one of the easiest!. Probably one of the roughest, boulder-strewn climbs and multiple river crossings we’ve experienced as a couple of ancient but fit hikers. Met very few, much younger people on the trail. The waterfall was spectacular and worth the hike, although it did take us longer than the suggested time and we were very happy to have a hiking pole each and light hiking shoes.
Written October 31, 2021
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RDS
Mauritius256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
We did the Machabee trail. The Hike itself was around 8km’s and around 2 hrs in time. The trails were really well marked. The park has been wonderfully kept. Highly recommended visiting for some fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Written February 24, 2021
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