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brgWith its untouched forest and unique bird life (the Pink Pigeon, the Echo Parakeet and the Mauritius Kestrel; all very rare species), you will discover Mauritius the way it was before civilization.

It is extended over 6,754 hectares, the park covers 3.5% of the island’s area and lies in its southwest corner. You are invited to discover our natural heritage in this unique area which is also the location of one of rarest forests in the world. It harbors more than 309 species of flowering plants and 9 species of birds, which are found only in Mauritius. BRG protect these species, while allowing visitors to enjoy this unique place.

Don’t expect lions and elephants. This national park reveals all the splendour of the wildlife and scenery found naturally in Mauritius. You will have the opportunity to observe in the wild the once critically endangered birds, for instance, the kestrel, the Pink Pigeon and the Mauritian Echo-Parakeet, which are slowly building up their numbers deep in the forest, thanks to conservation actions.

NB: There are several entrance to the park, but emphasis will be made on ‘Visitors centre of Black River’.

Opening Hours:

Everyday from 9am to 5pm.


  • Don’t let rainy weather dampen your spirits. Bring a rain coat so that you can enjoy the moody, misty atmosphere. Rubber boots may be useful.
  • Pay only Rs 5 to have a mp of the park.
  • During hot summer days, insect repellant cream might help.
  • Bring your own food and drinks.
  • Binocular are a must for birdwatchers.
  • Always keep the track.
  • A first aid kit might prove useful

What to do and see?

Visitors entering the park from Black River will drive from ‘Trois Bras’ to the visitors centre and Picnic area along the 5km road. This road is crossed by several rivulets, The visitors centre introduces you to the park through exhibits, live specimen of some rare birds, and information on the activities of the park. You are encouraged to continue your visit through the paths leading up to the valley. You can enjoy a good swim by splashing in the Black River.

Trail Description

Trails lead to all parts of the park, from the shady path up the Black River Gorges, to the often cloud-shrouded ridge walk to the Black River peak. Some 60 km of the trail are there for you to enjoy the panorama and to be closer to the plants and animals of the peak. Even a short walk will give you great memories.