Mauritius' biggest and best national park is a wild expanse of rolling hills and thick forest covering roughly 2% of the island's surface. It's difficult to overstate the importance of this park – it's the last stand for Mauritian forests and many native species.
Once prime hunting grounds, the area became a protected reserve in 1994 after scientists identified over 300 species of flowering plant, nine endemic species of bird and a population of giant fruit bats that numbered more than 4000. This is also an important habitat for three of the island's most endangered bird species: the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon. Introduced wild boar, macaque monkeys and deer also wander through the vast swaths of old-growth ebony, and sightings are not uncommon.
This bird-watching tour planned on a half day basis offers you the opportunity to discover these one of a kind species in their natural habitat. The tour takes place in the Black-River Gorges National Park a heaven kind of paradise that consists of hundreds of kilometer trails and breathtaking views.
Throughout the day, look for endangered Mauritian pink pigeons, echo parakeets, dodo trees and black ebony trees with the help of a professional guide. Also enjoy a nice little picnic and an amazing show the curious native birds put on in their natural habitat and this tour is available only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The tour lasts more or less 4hours and guarantees you will have an unforgettable moment embracing nature and animals in their natural habitat.
It's also the most spectacular corner of the island, so if you make only one day trip from the coast, make it here.
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