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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  • karenfoye28
    Worcester, United Kingdom54 contributions
    Take care but it’s worth it.
    The descent down the gorge from Petrin is definitely worth doing but be warned, it is incredibly steep path traversing tree roots and rocks, with ropes to help you along. Unfortunately heavy rain made it even more treacherous for us. Our excellent taxi driver waited over an hour at the bottom. What a sense of achievement!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2023
  • hatlady2018
    Reading, United Kingdom10 contributions
    Beautiful
    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.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,983 contributions
    Large Gorge
    A rugged section in the mountainous west coast area of Mauritius. The lookout gives a good view over the terrain and scenes all the way to the coast. Plus a fairly large waterfall can be viewed as well. The car park area has a large tourist trap with souvenirs & ice creams available!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • T3llic
    Stockholm, Sweden127 contributions
    Good area for a nice nature walk
    A good nature area with many options for trail walking. Not as scenic as similar trails on Madeira or Crete but good for those who prefer something simple, some nice views and lots of bird life. Low amount of bugs or stinging plants, trails were well marked. Go here on a rainy day and don't forget to bring coffee!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • BlueXpedition Mauritius
    Pointe d'Esny4 contributions
    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 7 August 2023
  • Anna
    Manchester, United Kingdom120 contributions
    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 25 November 2023
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BWS123
Surrey, UK336 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Using a local guide, and having come ready with walking boots, we had a fabulous trek visiting 7 waterfalls. We had a cooling swim in one, lovely. Not crowded but some folks were ‘self guiding’ and not wearing good footwear so they struggled in the steep, slippery slopes.
Probably a 3 hr trek, including our swim. Fantastic day. The local guide, Govind Tanos , was superb as he knew the plants, the best routes and how to get the most out of the walk.
Written 13 February 2024
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Dusoye
Mauritius120 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Exploring experience. Nice views with dense forest. Ideal for a walk with kids and family. Will surely experience the natural beauty of Mauritius Island.
Written 24 December 2023
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Anna
Manchester, UK120 contributions
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 25 November 2023
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Journey27111295393
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
From here you can see for miles. Black River Gorges is a beautiful park. You can access it to walk in from the visitor centre, there are many trails and good parking. Not much in the visitor centre itself. For an overview, take the road from Chamarel, there is plenty of parking at the viewpoint, and also some small traders.
Written 20 November 2023
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Sarah B
10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Unbelievably breathtaking views. Diverse wildlife. Beautiful waterfalls. A must-see if you're in Mauritius.
Written 16 November 2023
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Olivia Hamilton-Thomas
London, UK47 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Good afternoon out

Enjoyed the view point

Finding the trails weren’t the easiest when you don’t have maps on route just as entrances
Written 18 September 2023
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Trudy L
12 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We hired a car and navigated our way around the island using maps.me. We visited the gorge late afternoon. Free parking. Information booth closed but people on hand to give information about shortest route (half an hour one way) plus longer distances 4 hours one way. Good footwear recommended. Refreshing cool water when walking over some bridges.
Written 25 August 2023
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BlueXpedition Mauritius
Pointe d'Esny4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
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.
Written 8 August 2023
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Bronwen L
Cape Town, South Africa186 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutely breathtaking! A free to visit site full of magnificent views. There are even picnic spots and all the sites are well taken care of.
Written 24 July 2023
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T3llic
Stockholm, Sweden127 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
A good nature area with many options for trail walking. Not as scenic as similar trails on Madeira or Crete but good for those who prefer something simple, some nice views and lots of bird life. Low amount of bugs or stinging plants, trails were well marked. Go here on a rainy day and don't forget to bring coffee!
Written 22 July 2023
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