Mauritius is a quite hilly place. There is a plateau in the height 600-800 m above sea level covering a fair part of the island. There is a plenty of clouds, wind and abundance of rain. Birds of prey can be admired above deep valleys gliding in air and carefully monitoring space beneath them. Rainwaters feed two rivers and the denivelation created impressive waterfalls - Tamarind and Chamarel. The latter one is more impressive - 115 m height. Not far from those falls a piece of rainbow is to be discovered - water and wind erosion have exposed volcanic ashes of all colors for us to admire them. Its local name is Terre aux 7 couleurs near Chamarel.
1 Detail of eroded soil near Chamarel village - southwest of Mauritius, land of seven colors, original name Terre des sept couleurs.
2 Beautiful soil colours depend on the amount of iron in ores originating from the volcanoes. The shades of yellow, red to greyblue.
3 Undoubtedly the most beautiful waterfalls. Over 100 m high, located on a private piece of the farm land, so seen only from the distance, but impressive enough.
6 Landmark site near plateau at Curepipe town in the centre of the island. It is extinct 120 m deep volcano crater and its name literally means Deers hole.
7 Central plateau is surrounded by spiky rocks that are not easily accessible. This view is towards west from Curepipe and you see Trois Mamelles (three nipples) and Montagne de Rempart (mountain of the defense wall.
8 Sunset in the Sugar cane museum garden. Mauritius flag has four colors, each of different significance: red for struggle for freedom and independence, blue for Indian Ocean, yellow is the bright light leading to happier future after gained independence and green for vegetation and fertile land.
9 You need to come down by 400 m denivelation to the Black River Gorge. Track in the NP Riviére Noire.
10 The central plateau is the wettest part of the island, the rainfall is 1000 mm to 4000 mm per year. Rivers are short, but discharge a lot of water and many waterfalls can be admired from the viewpoints on the edge of the Champagne platerau. If you decide to make a trip to plateou, do not forget your raingear. You may need it!
11 Track trails can be very slippery and full of puddles and mud, but this trip through Black River Gorge is worth evey effort.
12 We hope you have enjoyed our experience while exploring Mauritius. Best regards, Katka and Petr.