Into the wild
When the Dutch first docked on Mauritian shores in 1598, they thought they’d stumbled upon the Garden of Eden. And there’s no wonder. Everywhere you go here, you’re surrounded by species of plants and creatures only a guide could identify. Species that are few and far between – and even ones found only in Mauritius, such as little lizard, Telfair’s skink. With such incredible biodiversity, it’s no surprise that local people are working hard to protect their environment, with nature reserves and eco-tourism initiatives across the island.
Black River Gorges National Park is Mauritius’ biggest and best reserve, covering around 2% of the whole island. It’s home to three of the country’s most endangered species of bird, the pink pigeon, Mauritian kestrel and echo parakeet. You might be lucky enough to spot one while you’re here, so make sure there’s space on your camera. As well as housing a range of plant and animal species, the park also boasts some spectacular sights. Cross streams to soak up views from the Alexandra Falls viewpoint. Walk through winding woods without seeing another soul. This truly is the wild side of Mauritius.