You are looking for a place to recharge your batteries with birdsong while being in a healthy environment. Bras d’Eau National Park, the last patch of dry coastal forest in Mauritius with mixed flora, is the place for you.
To take advantage of this place it is advisable to arrive there around 9 am to avoid the high heat and especially not to forget walking shoes, mosquito repellent, a bottle of water and a small picnic. For those who know very little about this place, you just have to cross the village of Rivière du Rempart then Roches Noires to find yourself in the middle of a forest source of freshness. Inaugurated in 2011, the Bras d’Eau Park was proclaimed the second terrestrial national park of Mauritius after the Black River Gorges National Park.
The starting point is near the visitor centre at Bras d’Eau. The Department of Woods and Forests of the Ministry of Agro-industry has set up a parking area and picnic kiosks for picnickers. As soon as you get out of your car, you come face to face with the ruins of a former sugar factory that closed in 1867.
The Bras-d’eau National Park is home to remarkable natural treasures, such as ponds, remnants of the past, woodcocks, brown pigs, monkeys and rare birds that share the territory. The forest is also home to plants and trees unique to Mauritius, including the White Eucalyptus from Australia, Mahogani, Florida Mahogany, Araucaria and Tecoma.
Bras d’Eau owes its name to the body of water in the shape of an arm that crosses the reserve. One of the attractions of the park is the Teal Pond, a paradise for migratory birds. The Mare Sarcelle spreads its mangrove over an area of 89.37 ha and is home to a large number of rare birds. There are also endemic plants such as the Oenellia Aphrodite Orchid.