Isle Maurice, Black River National Park

One of many Hindu statues, Grande Bassin

One of many Hindu statues, Grande Bassin

Veronique picked me up in Mahebourg and we were on our way to Black River National Park. So called because in early slavery days, some slaves escaped and hid in this dense bush of the mountain range.

Hindu offerings at Grande Bassin, the end of Ramadan.

Hindu offerings at Grande Bassin, the end of Ramadan.

Our first stop was Grand Bassin. As the name suggests, it is a deep and crystal clear volcanic crater lake. It was the end of Ramadan and the local Hindu population celebrated in colourful traditional clothing, offering food to their gods.

End of Ramadan at Grande Bassin.

End of Ramadan at Grande Bassin.

All colours of the rainbow reflected on the lake. Quite spectacular actually.

Colourful ceremony for the end of Ramadan, Grande Bassin.

Colourful ceremony for the end of Ramadan, Grande Bassin.

Such intimate gathering, amazing to watch and picture it with my camera. The local monkeys celebrated as well, happily gathering the offerings to munch on.

 

Monkey offerings at Grande Bassin.

Monkey offerings at Grande Bassin.

We drove on towards Black River National Park and stopped at a few view points.

Overlooking Black River National Park,the last Wilderness frontier on Mauritius.

Overlooking Black River National Park,the last Wilderness frontier on Mauritius.

It was a sunny day and many people too, the opportunity to make the most of the sunshine. There are plenty of hiking tracks on Mauritius as well, good to know. No doubt I will attempt a few of them.

 Veronique enjoying a coffee at Rhumerie de Charmaral.

Veronique enjoying a coffee at Rhumerie de Charmaral.

We stopped for a coffee at ‘Charmarel Rum distillery.

Coffee and flavoured rhum at Rhumerie de Charmarel.

Coffee and flavoured rhum at Rhumerie de Charmarel.

A complimentary orange flavoured rum was served as well. It is a very high class kinda resort/restaurant/cafe/distillery, catering for mass tourism. Well set up though. Their Rum is well known on the island, and possibly around the world.

Classy but expensive rhum, Rhumerie de Charmarel.

Classy but expensive rhum, Rhumerie de Charmarel.

Their bottles and glasses look high class and are quite expensive.

The toxic and colourful landscape at 7 coloured earth.

The toxic and colourful landscape at 7 coloured earth.

Next stop was the ‘Earth of 7 Colours’. Parts of the ground were so toxic, that no plants can grow  on it. Instead, it displays a colourful image.

An old and wise tortoise at 7 coloured earth.

An old and wise tortoise at 7 coloured earth.

Some very large and old tortoise were kept in this park as well.

No one really knows how old these tortoise are, 7 coloured earth.

No one really knows how old these tortoise are, 7 coloured earth.

The waterfall on the park entrance was more interesting for me.

A jungle waterfall at 7 coloured earth.

A jungle waterfall at 7 coloured earth.

Unfortunately, there is no hiking track leading to the bottom of the falls. There was a track leading up to a viewpoint. The sun cut through the vegetation,which looked intriguing.

Sunlight’s shining through dense Forrest at 7 coloured earth.

Sunlight’s shining through dense Forrest at 7 coloured earth.

We rounded our day off, watching the sunset along the south coast. Colourful along the beaches and palm trees. A wee slice of tropical paradise.

 

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