Bras D’eau National Park is located on the eastern coast of Mauritius and covers an area of 1,235 acres. The natural reserve is less popular among tourists, therefore provides for a great serene walk through the park. If you’re staying at any of the Mauritius 5 star resorts, some properties such as InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort will be able to arrange area excursions.
Since October 2011, the park was originally listed as a national park as it is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species.
One of the main attractions to the park is the 40m tall trees like the Florida Mahogany and the Australian White Eucalyptus. There’s even an orchard with around 2,000 mango trees covering an area of 12 hectares, and two hectares planted by 200 litchi trees. Visitors to the park will come across the coq de bois, sparrows, canaries, white tailed tropic bird, monkeys, wild boar and many other animals. Most of the fauna can be spotted near the Mare Sarcelle, a lake that covers an area of 4 hectares, located near the walker’s trail. Head over here if you want a glimpse of migratory birds and other animals, however, do keep in mind that all animals found here and their natural habitats are protected by the government in 1993. Historic sites such as the lime kiln and the old sugar factory are also popular attractions in the park.
Bras d’Eau directly translates to Arm of Water and is derived from the arm like shape of the water way that stretches from the sea to the inland between Point Raduea and Belcourt Bay. The park was protected as much of it was destroyed due to the construction of the commercial timber plantations, killing almost all of the wildlife that lived here.
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