Fortunately, Mauritius still has some nature trails and parks to hike or to visit. As we have only less than 2% of the native forest, and also everywhere concretes are taking over, it is no doubt our nature is being affected and destroyed. However, there are still some places where you can hike in nature to forget your stress. This section, divided into two parts, will provide you a list of the best nature trails and parks in Mauritius Island.
Amazing Nature Trails To Hike In Mauritius
Many nature trails are found in the Black River Gorges, precisely at Plaine Champagne regions. Nevertheless, not all provide the best adventures. Few of them have been listed further, but, this article will also include some gorgeous nature trails around Mauritius. You do not need special equipment to hike in any particular nature trails apart a good pair of running or hiking shoes and of course, protect yourself from mosquitoes and the sun. Do carry at least 1.5L of water, depending the length of the trail and lightweight foods, like energy bars. A hiking stick can be suitable too.
Daruty (Belle Vue Forest) Trail
The Daruty Forest Trail is situated at Petit Raffray in the North. It has several short looped trails to jog, walk and even tracks for mountain bikers! Watch Video.
Bel Ombre (Watook) Trail
A long trail from Plaine Champagne to Bel Ombre or vice-versa, passing via Bon Courage, which leads to Fixon Waterfall. Beautiful nature around.
Le Dauguet Nature Trail
A popular looped nature trail for joggers in the region of Port-Louis, at Tranquebar precisely. There is also a track to climb to Le Pouce mountain as well.
Enjoy the tranquil track and beautiful trees around you with endemic birds. The nature trail starts at Pétrin and ends at a kiosk in the Black River Gorges.
Mare Longue Trail
This trail is quite lengthy and is located around Mare Longue reservoir. The trail itself is quite easy, mostly flat but sometimes muddy in rainy seasons.
A technical trail which starts from Plaine Champagne and descends to Black River Gorges where you can climb again or ends at the parking lot.
Sophie Nature Walk
Sophie Nature Walk is the best nature trail for lovers. The nature and the tall trees generate a lovely romantic atmosphere. Watch Video.
Other Nature Trails To Hike In Mauritius
Still want to hike in nature? Do check these additional nature trails:
|Monvert Nature Walk||In Forest Side, there is a place called Monvert where you can walk in nature trails, sometimes dry and sometimes muddy.|
|Mare Aux Joncs Trail||Located near Black River Gorges's parking lot, this long nature trail will lead you to Mare Aux Joncs Waterfall.|
|Gollum||It is considered among the most technical and tiring nature trails and it is situated in the grand gorges section. Be careful to not be lost!|
|Trochetia||The Trochetia Trail is a flat nature trail which can be started from Plaine Champagne to end at Black River Gorges Viewpoint or vice-versa.|
|Powder Mill Nature Walk||It is situated near Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital. Relatively short but very peaceful to hike and to have a picnic.|
The Best Nature Parks In Mauritius
Many nature parks are free to visit or a small fee is taken on certain days of the week. The biggest nature park in our island is the Black River Gorges, followed by Bras D'Eau. Botanical gardens also can be considered as nature parks as they contain several types of trees and plants, including endemic ones. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden remains the largest locally as well as in the Indian Ocean.
SSR Botanical Garden
It is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern hemisphere and is rich with endemic trees and plants, such as the Lotus flower and Water-Lily and others.
Black River Gorges National Park
The largest national park in Mauritius, with several popular nature trails (Some are mentioned in the above list) and amazing spots to relax. Watch Video.
Bras D’Eau National Park
Classified as the second largest national park in the island, the Bras D'Eau National Park has plenty of tall trees, endemic plants and amazing trails. Watch Video.
SSR Botanical Garden (Curepipe)
Another botanical garden with different plants and trees, and ponds where you can enjoy with your relatives or friends and is located in Curepipe.
A clean garden for family gathering, to exercise and for a picnic. Also, you can admire the amazing Balfour Waterfall from the top's viewpoint.
A beautiful garden in Osterlog which is located near Eau Bleue and Saint Hubert. It has also a waterfall commonly known as Cascade Tortue. Watch Video.
Nature Can Cure You...
This peace of mind we are all seeking in our daily busy life, you will find it in these nature trails and parks stated above. Alone or accompanied, you will not regret by walking in nature and source yourself with the positive vibes. Always protect the environment!
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