Top most beautiful nature parks & forests for hiking in Mauritius

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And no, Mauritius is not only about its paradisiacal beaches and dream islands. For your next trip, we invite you to try the national land sport: hiking! We've gone around the island to find beautiful trails, some along the coastline, others inland. Discover the volcanic relief, the turquoise lagoons and the luxuriant nature of the territory by taking inspiration from our selection of the most beautiful hikes in Mauritius.

1: The mangrove of Bras d'Eau: hiking off the beaten track

Little known, the national park of Bras-d'Eau is nevertheless one of our favorites. Located at the edge of the wild and preserved coasts of Mauritius, it shelters one of the last indigenous dry forests of the territory. Few travelers come to venture there and yet, in the heart of a reserve of nearly 500 hectares, the forests and the coastline are crisscrossed with multiple walking trails. The hike in the mangrove of Bras d'Eau in Mauritius is an invitation to relaxation and contemplation. Relaxation thanks to the few visitors and the song of the birds, and contemplation thanks to the meeting of many endemic species of fauna and flora living in the region.

2: Montagne du Pouce: panoramic hike

Among the excursions in Mauritius that we prefer, the hike to the Montagne du Pouce is a must. Why? Simply because it is the third highest mountain on the island and offers 360° views of the north of the territory, at an altitude of more than 800 meters. On a clear day, you will have the opportunity to admire the Serpents Island, the Round Island and the Plate Island in the distance, but also the capital Port Louis and the charming little village of Moka. Count on a half-day walk to enjoy the excursion to the fullest.

3 : Tamarin Waterfalls : active and refreshing hike

Easy and accessible to all, the hike to the Tamarin Waterfalls allows you to discover a succession of the famous seven magnificent waterfalls along a bucolic path. Throughout your walk, you will have the opportunity to admire views of the surrounding forests, waterfalls, mountains and rivers. Soar through the rainforest and learn the basics of canyoning with optional jumps, rappels and refreshing walks around the falls.

Are you a hiker? We advise you to take a look here: randonnees-ile-maurice.com. This site offers many hiking trails to do in Mauritius (classified by level of difficulty). You will find many advices !

4 : Black River Gorges : botanical and ornithological hike

When you are on vacation in Mauritius, don't miss to visit the Black River Gorges National Park. Located on more than 6500 hectares, this park is a real nature paradise with its 28 species of birds and 160 species of endemic plants. The hike in the Black River Gorges is one of our favorite walks because it allows to observe the spectacle of nature at its peak. Straw-tails, pink pigeons and Mauritian parakeets should be easy to photograph.

5 : Morne Brabant : historical hike in altitude

Perched at an altitude of more than 550 meters and classified by UNESCO for its sumptuous landscapes, the Morne Brabant, in the southwest of Mauritius, is one of the most popular hikes for visitors. It must be said that in addition to the panoramic views of the island, the trail allows to trace a part of the history of the territory. It is here that the "maroon" slaves tried to escape from their master from the 17th to the 19th century. During your hike to Morne Brabant, you may hear about the legend that many slaves threw themselves off the mountain to escape the police.

forest & nature park Photos

Water Lily in pond at Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

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Aerial view of PV plant near Tamarin falls reservoir in Henrietta

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La Valee des Couleurs Nature Park at Chamouny

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Small Stream flowing within rocks at Bois Cheri Forest

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View from the top of Le Morne Mountain of Ilot Fourneau

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Le Chamarel Restaurant with breath-taking view on lagoon

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Hand painted like photography of waterfall near Gris Gris beach

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Plaine Champagne to Chamarel Road U-turn in forest

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River flowing among forest of Black River Gorges

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View of lake and forest at Bois Cheri

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Amazing Cascade Deep river at Olivia surrounded by plants

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Low angle view of secret & old well at Bras d'eau

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Lush forest at the foot of Corps de Garde Mountain

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Petrin Trail first viewpoint on the mountains

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Cascade Eau Bleue landscape & long exposure photography

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Eau Bleue secret waterfall in Mauritius

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Black River Gorges National Park wide landscape

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Yemen Nature Reserve creek surrounded by trees

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Pathway in Daruty Forest at Petit Raffray

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Stone Jetty in forest & estuary at Trou D'eau Douce

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French well at Bras d’Eau Mauritius

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Mauritius south-east coast cliffs aerial view

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Mauritius landscape aerial view

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River at Hermitage running to Bagatelle Dam

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Songe leaves at Piton du Milieu lake in Mauritius

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Rocky forest stream in Mauritius

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Forest near Bel Ombre beach

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Large green leaves in forest near river

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Aerial view of Riviere des Galets

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Green forest in Mont Limon in Rodrigues

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Pointe du diable aerial seascape view

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Gris-Gris beach in the south of Mauritius

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Signage in nature defending to throw garbage

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Le batelage port of souillac in 360°

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Chamarel view point during sunset

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Sept Cascade Mauritius Aerial view

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Trees tunnel above Eau Bleu river

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Eau Bleu Waterfall Long exposure

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Water channel La ferme Reservoir

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Pieter Both mountain close up

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Sun lights through bamboos

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La Vanille Nature Park Forest

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Sunrays across mist in forest in Rodrigues

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Tree trunk with moss close up

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Sun lights in dark forest

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Sun lights in wild forest

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Water flowing over rocks to pond

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Creek at Black River Gorges

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Sunburst at Chamarel walking trail

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River flowing in forest

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Low angle view of tree in forest

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Narrow pathway in the Black River Gorges

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Hidden Waterfall in Souillac

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Piton de la petite Rivière Noire

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Forest Road to Alexandra fall

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Ferns, vines and creepers in Black River Forest

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Wetland in Black River Forest

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Dow and fawn deer in wildlife

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Gazelle with horn in Nature

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Mossy trunk tree Black river gorges

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Pink Pigeon endemic bird of Mauritius

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Plaine Sophie Nature Park

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Rodrigues Golden web spider

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Forest near Alexandra Falls

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Boat surrounded by forest at Barachois of Melville

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Green Woodland Ferns

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Stream Waterfall at Plaine Sophie

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Track in the Forest of Black River Gorges National Park

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Misty morning in the forest in midlands

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Fishermen preparing nets in Mahebourg

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Trip in the forest pathway

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Precipice Slope and ocean near Andrea Lodges Mauritius

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Nature Trail between green bush in the South

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Blue cliffs edge landscape with waves crashing on rocks

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Cliffs with Caves in the South of Mauritius

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Uprooted dead tree in Mauritius forest

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Seascape sun reflection near cliffs near forest

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Black & white seascape of ocean and waves photography

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Deep blue ocean behind green trees down the cliffs

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Filao trees growing on dangerous precipice

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Ocean waves view from Forest in Mauritius

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Best secret wild Cliff in Mauritius

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Picturesque view of two rainbows behind the cliffs

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Riviere des Anguilles river flowing into the sea

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Wild vegetation of the South Coast of Mauritius

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Nature Footpath to the black stone cliffs in Mauritius

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Walk among peaceful garden trees

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Fan Palm Green Fan Palm in lush Exil lodges greenery

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Nature pathway at l'Exil forest in Mauritius

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Red Ginger plant in forest in the south of Mauritius

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L'Exil engraved natural rock in forest

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L'Exil lodges room immersed in nature

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Cascade Leon seen from most beautiful forest in Mauritius

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Close-up of Fresh and Little green plants

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Little green plants growing in nature at l'Exil

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Nature forest landscape in Mauritius

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Lau-hala or screw pine tree with aerial roots

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Glorious Golden chains in forest Mauritius

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Natural rocky Pathway in the forest

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Mauritius Forest Tunnel in forest

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Green Forest garden with ferns and trees

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Ferns and Vine in wild forest near Mauritius lodges

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Top amazing waterfalls in Mauritius

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L'Exil Lodges in endemic forest

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Purple Red Ginger in pathway for nature walk in indigenous forest

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Yucca plant of luxuriant vegetation in south of Mauritius

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Fern Fandia Tree endangered plants of Mauritius

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Zigzag Pathway between the bush

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Breathtaking Waterfall in Mauritius

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Waterfall landscape of Mauritius island

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L'Exil Cascade Leon waterfalls background

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Nature trekking Pathway in Mauritius

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Windmill Palm Tree forest plants of Mauritius

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Wild dense endemic forest of Mauritius

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Natural Rock signage with green moss

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Volcanic Rocks of Mauritius

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Endemic Fern Fandia trees of Mauritius

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Breathtaking Lush garden in front of L'Exil restaurant

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L'Exil Restaurant surrounded by a lush vegetation

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Woman Photographer shooting with DSLR camera

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Rare pink Hibiscus Genevii blooming high on a tree

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Small brownish muddy plant in nature

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Most beautiful mountains of Mauritius

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Forest branch at Mondrain Nature reserve

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View of ocean between two mountains

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