Black River Gorges National Park is a must-see for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Located in the southwestern part of Mauritius, the park covers 2% of the island and consists of drier lowland forest, humid upland forest, and marshy heathland. There are endemic plant and animal species, and rare birds.
This is mainly a hiking/trail running destination, with 60 km of trails. Many of the trails are hilly, with challenging footing.
There are trail maps at the Visitor Centre, and kiosks with maps at key points in the park. A couple of trail running recommendations:
Macchabée Trail. 8.6 km out and back, 156m gain. This is the easiest longer running option in the Park. The trail, which is mainly a flat dirt road, leads to the spectacular Macchabée Viewpoint. ROUTE MAP
- Macchabée Trail starts from Le Pétrin Information Centre off Grand Bassin Rd./B102
- Visitors' Centre off Les Gorges Rd.; B103 (Plaine Champaigne Rd.) goes through the southern part of the park;