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Most of the rivers in Mauritius are quite short and have little water. Many streams originate in the very rainy areas of the highlands and flow to the sea. They discharge large amounts of water only during heavy rains and occasional tropical cyclones.
The list of the rivers of Mauritius in Alphabetical order.
Rivière des Anguilles
The river of Rivière des Anguilles translated to The Eel River in English is famous for its bridge. Formerly made of wood, the bridge of Rivière des Anguilles was erected over the river during the British occupation and allowed stagecoaches and ox carts to cross it. In 1878, it was replaced by the present three-pillar structure. This 35-meter high stone building has a lush vegetation. The river is found in the south and bears the same name as the village where it is located.
Rivière Baie du Cap
Baie du Cap river sources its water in Chamarel and then flows towards the south-west at Baie du Cap village which is right after La Prairie beach and after Le Morne village which we don't need to present anymore. However, before the watercourse reaches the sea it forms an estuary near the Macondé hill which is located at the edge of the coastal road that goes along the river. This road which overhangs the scene along with the seascape of Macondé makes this place just one of most beautiful roads in the world.
Rivière Cascade along with Terre Rouge river (which starts its course at Bagatelle dam) crossed the Motorway M1 in Réduit before they both meet.
Rivière Champagne might be the first river ever discovered since it ends near vieux Grand-Port in the bay at Ferney where the Dutch first landed in 1598.
Rivière Citron stars its course at the village of Petite Julie, passing Mont Goût, the SSR botanical garden in Pamplemousses, Arsenal, to finally ends its course near the ruins of Balaclava. As such, this place accommodates a dense vegetation that some of the luxury hotels nearby share.
Rivière des Créoles
The river flows southwest for 13 kilometers, and empties into the ocean near the fishing village of Mahebourg. The bridge is near the road to Ferney and Grande Riviere Sud-Est.
At an elevation of more than 170m, this stream is located near Bras d’Eau in the east of Mauritius.
Rivière des Galets
Grande Rivière Nord-Ouest
Grande Rivière Nord-Ouest river is famous for its bridge which links heavy morning (and afternoon as well) traffic from main towns and villages such as Albion, Pointe aux Sables and Beau-Bassin to capital city of Port-Louis. Grand River North West (in English) starts its journey in the Ravine of Réduit to end at Grande Rivière which is found just before Cité Valijee.
Grande Rivière Sud-Est
Grande Rivière Sud-Est is the longest river of the island. It also has a large water catchment area. Flowing from La Butte Chaumont, this river is fed by several tributaries. Its mouth is a funnel-shaped estuary, near the village of Grande Rivière Sud-Est and not far from Beau Champ. What a better way to end than feeding the most amazing sea waterfall of Mauritius. The Grande Rivière Sud-Est waterfall which has the same name as the river is usually visited by boat when doing the visits and activities of Ile aux Cerfs island. The boat usually come really close to the falls so that the passengers can truly experience it. The waterfall is also accessible from the road, a 5-minute walk through the small pathway after the round-about.
Rivière des Lataniers
This river passes through the Port Louis city. “La riviere Tanier” which is a french nickname of that river is also an old lullaby which was sung to children a long time ago.
The Rivière Noire, the black river literally translated in English, is the largest river of the island to meander so much through the rocky terrain. It is found in the west but starts its journey at Victoria waterfalls near Plaine Champagne to ends its course near Vanilla village at Grande Rivière Noire.
Rivière du Poste
Rivière du Poste river does not flow in the sea as opposed to the previous ones. It starts its course in the well known village of Riviere du poste which bears the same name and ends at La Flora. At some point the river crosses the borders of the district of Savanne to err in the district of Grand-Port.
Rivière du Poste de Flacq
Not to be confused with Rivière du Poste river, the river of Poste de Flacq is found in the east. This watercourse starts its journey near Camp de Masque and St. Julien d’Hotman. It passes the famous village of Flacq to meet the sea at Poste de Flacq with which is shares its name. Nearby you can find a very old lime kiln which is made up of stones.
Rivière du Rempart
The Rivière du Rempart river has its source near La Nicoliere and between Petite Julie and Brisée Verdière villages. It then flows through Amaury before joining Rivière des Chevrettes. It will continue its way through the Rivière du Rempart village before reaching the sea at Pointe Lascars in the north-east.
Saint Deors River
Thanks to the Saint Deors river we can contemplate the waterfall of Chamarel. Indeed, it’s the water from that river that feeds one of most amazing waterfalls of Mauritius. This watercourse is a small one starting and ending in Chamarel itself.
If you have ever visited the Rochester falls then you have surely seen the Savanne River. This watercourse flows from the North to the south of the district of Savanne. This waterfall is known for its long vertical and rectangular shaped volcanic rocks. Swimmers will enjoy jumping up from the top.
Rivière Sèche, the dry river translated in English starts its course in Phoenix and then passes Petit Camps, Trianon, Belle-Rose, Rose-Hill, Ebène and Beau-Bassin. Before ending its course in the Ravine of Réduit, the river provides a spectacular view in the form of a waterfall at the Balfour garden. Some decades ago in Belle Rose (opposite to what is known now as the Super U), the river would form a basin where housewives will wash their clothes.
A rivière Tabac stream start its course at Mare Tabac where surely it got its name. It ends its course in the ocean in the south of Mauritius near Riviere du Poste.
The Tamarin river starts its journey on the highlands of Mauritius in Henrietta where the famous Tamarind waterfalls are. It then passes Yemen and joins Rivière du Rempart at its mouth just before reaching the bay of Tamarin.
The Terre-Rouge river starts its course in the Terre-Rouge village at the foot of Pieter Both and ends near the Rivulet Terre Rouge Bird Sanctuary next to Roche-Bois in the North-west.
Rivière du Tombeau
In the north-west of Mauritius, Rivière du Tombeau ends its course near Le Goullet beach at Baie du Tombeau village. Village from which it might have been named. Having its source at Pieter both mountain, the second most elevated mountain in Mauritius.
List of rivers in Rodrigues
Rivière Baleine river translated to whale river in English derives its name surely from the village next to it i.e. Anse Baleine.
Rivière Banane river translated to Banana river in English is located in the south-east of Rodrigues and flows into the Tamarind Bay.
Rivière Coco flows in the South of Rodrigues and is next to the village which bears the same name.
Rivière Syganque also known Rivière Sygangue is a stream in the north of Rodrigues.
Rivière Pistache is known for its waterfall i.e. Cascade Pistache and is located in the east of Rodrigues.
Rivière Victoire ends its journey in the south of Rodrigues and is known for its waterfall i.e. Cascade Victoire.