Bras d'Eau Mauritius National Park
Bras d'Eau National Park is one of only three national parks in Mauritius. It is located in the north-east of the island.
The Park covers over 497 hectares at Poste Lafayette, in the North East coast of Mauritius which also includes the Mare Sarcelles Reserves.
Bras D'eau consists mainly of exotic trees like mahogany, eucalyptus, Tecoma, the Monkey Puzzle Tree and araucaria. The park is home to a number of species of birds, such as the cave swiflets (Petite Hirondelle), the Mauritius grey white eye birds (Picpic), and the flycatcher, a critically endangered endemic bird, kestrels, woodpeckers, Major Cateau Vert.
The "cock of the woods" (Coq des Bois) is however the star of the place! You may bump into a few Ornithologist who have come to observe the birds in the park.
There are also five ponds found throughout the reserve which conceal freshwater fish of impressive size.The place also harbours a native orchid, the Onnelia Aphrodite.
An old house that sits in the property has been transformed into a visitor center. It includes photographs of species of plants and animals living in the reserve.
Formerly used by Indian workers, they still harbor an old sugar mill, lime kiln, a well dating back over 200 years and a former railway line. The Well (Puits Francais) is right at the start of the track.
Being a National park, the walking tracks are well bounded with indication arrows and plaques to describe each plant species. The walk is around 4 km long, is safe and on nearly flat ground.
There is a picnic site with wooden tables in the forest, and the walking trails are labelled.Address
: Bras D'Eau, MauritiusPhone
: +230 410 5362