Mauritius is not simply about sun, sea and sand. There is a whole other dimension to experience on the island, in the midst of its lush vegetation. Those who love nature will find much to love here.
One of the main ‘green’ attractions is the Black River Gorges National Park, which extends over 16,680 acres and provides a haven to highly endangered native plants and animals. It plays home to around 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and nine species of birds that can only be found in Mauritius.
Green tourism is rapidly growing through the number of reserves and ‘domaines’ that are beginning to open up to tourists as well. Together, they offer many activities ranging from trekking to canyoning to horse-riding, plus exceptional panoramic viewpoints over the beautiful Mauritian landscape.
The flora of Mauritius is composed of 700 species of indigenous plants. Vividly-coloured flowers decorate the island. With over 60 different orchid species alone, Mauritius is the world’s second largest supplier of plants and cut flowers after the Netherlands.
As a volcanic island formed in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offered limited possibilities to natural colonisation coming through the air and over the sea. As a result, only a few animals made it to Mauritius: some birds and some reptiles, but no mammals with the exception of bats. Interestingly, there are no amphibians whatsoever on Mauritius.