Beyond the beach: natural wonders of Mauritius

You won’t have to look far for a beautiful beach in Mauritius, but there are also many other wonders of nature offered by this small and diverse island nation. Contact holidays@kulula.com to explore them yourself from only R7999 per person sharing for 7 nights’ accommodation, including flights, transfers and a selection of activities.

Le Morne cultural landscape and the “underwater waterfall” illusion

Le Morne Cultural Landscape, dominated by the monolithic Le Morne Brabant mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean was used as a shelter by runaway slaves and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is also the site of a wonderful optical illusion. Sand and silt on the ocean floor react to the flow of underwater currents in a way that makes it look like they’re pouring down a waterfall, or like the entire island is being sucked down a drain. It is a fabulous sight to see from a helicopter.

The Seven-Coloured Earths of Chamarel

The different colours of the earth are caused by decomposed basalt gullies, turned into clay. The colours are created by the formation of secondary iron oxides and hydroxides in the soil. It is said that if you mix the colours together, they will separate on their own. The colours are most vibrant at sunrise, and they appear to shift during the course of the day as the sun moves and clouds pass overhead.

Trou aux Cerfs

While the entire island is technically volcanic, Trou aux Cerfs is one of the most impressive sites. This dormant volcano, with a diameter of 350 meters and a depth of around 100 meters, has a well-defined cone and crater, which offers 360-degree views of the nearby town of Curepipe and the coastline. The bowl is a favorite spot for joggers and walkers to get their bearings and offers quite the breathtaking backdrop.

Black River Gorges National Park

The Black River Gorges National Park nearby protects what remains of the island’s original rainforest. Located in the island’s mountainous South West corner, you stand a chance of spotting rare endemic species like the Mauritius kestrel, the green echo parakeet and the pink pigeon. With visitor information centres, picnic areas, quad biking routes and more than 60 kilometres of hiking trails, it’s the perfect place for a nature-based adventure.

Did you know? The last two adult Bois Dentelle Trees in the world are found high in a Mauritian cloud forest on a hill called the Piton Grand Bassin.

Contact holidays@kulula.com to explore some of the natural wonders of Mauritius from only R7999 per person sharing for 7 nights’ accommodation, including flights, transfers and a selection of activities.