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Bras d’Eau National Park

Explore trails and historic ruins in Bras d’Eau National Park

Fancy exploring forest, ruins and learning about one of our National Parks? Established in 2011, Bras d’Eau National Park is normally a little quieter than the famous Black River Gorges – however, that doesn’t mean it’s any less special.

Located on the northeast of the island, much of Bras d’Eau’s land was used for plantations of non-native trees. However, original biodiversity remains, including two species of the giant Mauritian ebony trees and the Bois de Fer, as well as critically-rare ferns and orchids. Thanks to the area’s National Park status, these precious species are well protected and given room to thrive.

Pop into the Visitor Centre to learn about the trails, historic ruins and wildlife. The gentle Coq Du Bois Loop makes Bras d’Eau a great spot for walkers of all abilities and features an orchard with around 2000 mango and 200 litchi trees.

There’s also fantastic bird watching opportunities – if you’re lucky you might catch sight of sparrows, Mauritius Fodys, canaries, white-eyes or the rare Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher. Mare Sarcelle lake, within Bras d’Eau National Park, is also a natural sanctuary for migratory birds. Finish your trip at the nearby Poste La Fayette beach or one of the park’s picnic tables for lunch.

Bras d’Eau National Park

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