Mauritius is a paradise for travellers across the world. Located in the southeast of Africa, Mauritius provides a plethora of options; explore the colourful capital, sample traditional food and the island’s top rums, marvel at the natural wonders, paddleboard, or just relax on the pristine coral sand beaches. You can make your holiday an unforgettable experience with innumerable activities, including trail running in Mauritius. It’s also a popular destination for honeymooners and has stunning attractions to keep you on your toes with the beaches, islands, forts, parks, museums, shopping centres, and monuments.
In this article, we explore a few of the natural wonders in Mauritius for people with a passion for outdoor recreation.
Chamarel Coloured Earth
Have you been to Mauritius, but missed this natural wonder? If so, then you’ve missed one of the islands most unique wonders. A prominent tourist attraction, Charamel Coloured Earth is famous for sand in seven distinct colours. The colours are a natural phenomenon which evolved through the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals. The sand colours you notice include red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow will undoubtedly leave you confused and astonished at the same time. The colours are less prominent on the surface due to the tropical climatic conditions of Mauritius, however, separating the coloured sand in a glass tube reveals the remarkable differences.
Black River Gorges National Park
Well-known for hiking and camping, Black River Gorges is the largest National Park located in the south-west of Mauritius. If you love wild adventure, then the wild pigs, rusa deer, privets, Chinese guava, and some of the endangered species of birds and animals are certain to leave a lasting impression on you. It’s best to wear military boots when exploring the natural heritage in this unique area, as the terrain can be treacherous. Black River Gorges National Park is also one of the rarest forests in the world. Capture the many panoramic views as this hike will take you into the heart of the indigenous forest.
If you love abseiling, hiking, canyoneering, cliff jumping, bird-watching, or swimming, then a trip to the Tamarind Waterfalls is a perfect fit for you. It is located near the small fishing village of Henrietta on the Tamarind river. The waterfalls comprise a series of seven cataracts, and hence often referred to as Seven Cascades. Counted amongst the best places in Mauritius, the Tamarind Waterfalls will definitely bring you closer to nature. Standing at a height of about 300 meters, it is one of the highest waterfalls in Mauritius. It’s the most likeable get away from the hustle of the more crowded beaches of Mauritius, with dense green vegetation all year round.
La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park
La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park is known for its 350m long Nepalese suspension bridge, a perfect elevated vantage point from which to view the various species of flora and fauna. For the more adventurous, there are seven zip lines of varying lengths (500m, 320m, 290m, 240m, and 180m) and two extreme waterfall ziplines. This place is blessed with a massive range of natural landscapes, including plateaus, mountains, valleys, craters, and crater-lakes. A combination of endemic plants, lush vegetation, animals, birds, waterfalls, rivers, and the earth with a multitude of colours makes this place a worthwhile visit.
So, What Are You Waiting For?
Now that we have exposed a few of the Natural Wonders to visit in Mauritius, why not add these to your bucket list and explore them for yourself? So, plan your dream trip to this beautiful Indian Ocean haven and make memories that you can cherish forever.