Mauritius is reputed for its forests and wildlife, and the Black River Gorges National Park is its greatest green treasure. The park was set up in 1994 with the aim of conserving the birds and animals which inhabited the area. Its impressive area of 6,574 hectares also makes it one of the largest forests of the country.
Mauritius packages may come with lots of beaches and sports, but you cannot rule out wildlife trips from your tour. Black River Gorges National Park is an embodiment of serenity and beauty, housing some of the most treasured remnants of the nature. There are many birds of rare species which reside and even thrive in its protected canopies. And there are a number of rare species of animals which spend their lives over its friendly soil.
The park is a picture-perfect site offering a fantastic view of the distant horizon. The landscape really comes to the party at this region and hiking in these areas is a matter of sheer delight and great accomplishment.
The forest is open to tourists round the year and on each day of the week. Though, there is no entry charge levied on the visitors, you will have to shell out some money if you wish to hire the services of a professional guide. Since, the park is very large, it would be best for you to either hire a guide or avail comprehensive sightseeing facilities under a Mauritius package (which is offered by major holiday planners).
Apart from hiking and walking, one can also enjoy a drive through the in-built road that runs through the jungles like a hot knife melting away its grasses and revealing concrete paths underneath. However, the region is vulnerable to heavy rainfall and the roads often turn a tad slippery. It would be best to bring extra clothing with you and to abide by all safety regulations.
Apart from the throng of birds, you shall surely chance into the boring boars, the endearing deer (Java dear) and the menacing monkeys.