This UNESCO-listed Mauritian park is brimming with undiscovered natural treasures.

Nestled on the enchanting island of Mauritius, Black River Georges National Park is a rare gem that dazzles visitors with its natural wealth and ecological diversity. Classified as a Macchabée-Bel Ombre biosphere in 1977, this unspoilt jewel offers an immersive experience at the heart of Mauritian nature.

The view from the highest point of the Maurice National Park

The view from the highest point of the Maurice National Park

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Covering an area of 6,754 hectares, the Black River Georges National Park is a veritable sanctuary for the island's endemic flora and fauna. Its varied landscapes, from mountain peaks to lush valleys, are home to exceptional biodiversity.

Hikers and nature lovers will be delighted to explore its winding trails, which offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding majestic mountains.

The Land of Seven Colours in the National Park, Mauritius

The Land of Seven Colours in the National Park, Mauritius

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A showcase of biodiversity

Bird lovers will be delighted by the variety of species present in the park, some of which are endemic, such as the famous Mauritian parakeet, the pink pigeon and the Mauritian foudi, to name but a few.

The lucky visitors will also be able to spot tanagers, black flying foxes and other mammals that inhabit the park's dense primary forests. Not to mention the multitude of tropical plants that cover the nature reserve, numbering no fewer than 300 different species.

Monkeys in the heights of the National Park, Mauritius

Monkeys in the heights of the National Park, Mauritius

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Discover the park on foot

As well as its inestimable ecological value, the Black River Georges National Park also offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities: swimming, hiking, picnicking and even camping (with permission).

You can buy a map of the hiking trails that criss-cross the reserve at one of the park's information points for around 5 Mauritian rupees (the equivalent of 10 cents). Hiking in the park allows you to stop off at various points of interest and take in the beautiful views of the Alexandra waterfall, for example.

A hiking trail in the national park, Mauritius

A hiking trail in the national park, Mauritius

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Climbing the Black River Georges National Park Piton

The park offers 60 km of footpaths featuring a variety of marked hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty, allowing visitors to discover the natural beauty of the reserve while immersing themselves in nature.

But the most impressive is the circuit of the Black River Georges National Park Piton, the highest mountain in Mauritius. It is advisable to climb the island's highest point with the help of an experienced instructor.

The Black River Goerges Piton, Mauritius

The Black River Goerges Piton, Mauritius

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Practical info

📍Location: it's here on GoogleMaps

Opening times: 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends

👉Editor's tip: to make the most of the park and all it has to offer without risking getting lost, we recommend taking a guided tour.

by Editorial Team
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