Holiday in Mauritius – Day 6
Today is day 6 of our holiday in Mauritius and our hire car was delivered. It arrived at the hotel this morning at 7.00am, as arranged and after the formalities with the paperwork we all jumped in and headed down south to Chamarel to visit the seven coloured earth. The route took us round the edge of the capital of Port Louis, which was very busy and quite a difficult drive. Once past Port Louis the driving was much easier.
On arrival at Chamarel, we paid the entrance fee of 200 rupees per person and drove in. Our first stop was at the Alexander Falls, also known as the Chamarel cascade, a 100 metre waterfall, with 2 viewing points we were able to get some great photos, and even a short video, showing the power of the falls, then it was back in the car and up towards the main attraction, the seven coloured earth.
The seven coloured earths are a geological phenomenon. It is a fairly small area of sand dunes, of which there are 7 distinct colours of sand (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The different coloured sands settle in different layers, with the dunes getting a surrealistic, striped colouring.
We had a cold drink at the cafe and took lots of photos showing all the different colours. There are also some giant tortoises here and we went down to see them. The area is planted with endemic plants, trying to bring them back to full strength in Mauritius.
After our visit here we set out towards the Black River Gorges National Park. This is a large park, great for hiking. We went for a short walk, and took some pictures of the river. We were hoping to see a pink pigeon, but unfortunately they were a bit shy today. still we did manage to see a pair of long tailed white strikes, lizards, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies.
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