Chamarel Things to Do

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    a pavilon with a view

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2015

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    There is this great pavillon next to the viewpoint in the Black-River-Gorge-Nationalpark in Chamarel. It might make sense to search shelter there in case of a sudden rainfall and / or you might use this place as well for having a pick-nick, as you will find seats and tables there as well.
    Beware of the apes there !

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    a great viewpoint

    by globetrott Updated May 14, 2015

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    There is another great viewpoint there in the Black-River-Gorge-Nationalpark in Chamarel. We had a stop there as well. On a signpost we could read: beware of the apes and dont feed them, they might harm you. Well, we did not see any of them at all !
    b.t.w. that waterfall there in my 3rd and 4th picture is a different one, than the one we saw in the morning and that is commonly known as the Chamarel waterfall !

    Directions: It might be around 4km to drive from Chamarel to this point.

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    Eco-museum / Ecomusée Touche du Bois

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2015

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    Ecomusée Touche du Bois is the name of a museum in Varangue sur Morne, the restaurant high up in the mountains, where we had our lunch, after having visited the Waterfalls and the 7 colored earthes. In that museum they show Timber-crafts, artisan tool and lore, the cultural and ecological heritage and all over the restaurant you will also find exhibits and decorations related to timber.

    Directions: The restaurant Varangue sur Morne is a bit outside of the village of Chamarel

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    Chamarel

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2015

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    The village of Chamarel has about 700 inhabitants and it was named after a french Officer living in that area around the year 1800: Charles Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel.
    Chamarel is in a hight of 283 meters above the sealevel.
    the church of St. Anna was built in 1876 (my last 2 pictures)

    Directions: You will find Chamarel in the South-West of the island of Mauritius.

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    The Seven Coloured Earths

    by globetrott Updated May 14, 2015

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    The Seven Coloured Earths is a private property, so you will have to pay some seperate entrancefee there again (or as you can read in my restaurant-tip: when you eat a special menu in the "Restaurant terre aux 7 Couleurs" the entrancefee will be refunded !)
    The ground material in that area is washed out by wind, water and the humid climate that leads into the decomposition of the basalt into clay.
    You will be able to see all of the different colors best when there is bright sunshine !
    You walk around in a path in a circle and will need about 10min to walk that distance !

    Directions: From the carparking it is just a few steps to get to these colored earths.

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    The Chamarel Waterfall

    by globetrott Updated May 14, 2015

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    The Chamarel Waterfall is one of the main attractions of the area and ordinary tourists will be able to see it just from quite a distance, from the other side of a gorge, as you can see it in my pictures.
    When you have some more time it might be possible to hike to another place closeby the waterfalls maybe.
    The name of that small river is Rivière de Cap and it is falling down for about 100 meters.

    Directions: b.t.w.: The village of Chamarel was named after a french Officer living in that area: Charles Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel

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    pineapples

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2015

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    Of course I knew pineapples for a long time already, but here in Chamarel I saw for the first time in my life, how they are growing. I had expected to see them growing on a tree, but it is rather a small bush.
    The pineapple is a herbaceous perennial with a hight of up to 1.5 meters.When creating the pinapple-fruit, it usually produces up to 200 flowers that will finally join together to create a pineapple-fruit like we know it.

    Directions: I saw them in a short distance from the place, where we entered with our tourbus into the National Park of Chamarel.

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    The National Park of Chamarel

    by globetrott Written May 14, 2015

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    There is a large National Park around the 7 colored earths and the Chamarel Waterfall and you have to pay a small entrance-fee in order to get in ! You will see a lot of great landscapes there, animals and rare plants as well
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    The National Park is open for visitors:
    daily from 07.00am till 06.00pm
    entrancefee is 100 Rs. (50 Rs. for children under 12)

    Directions: Driving-distance from Chamarel to the waterfalls is 1,5 km and to the colored earths it is 3 km !

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    The DODO

    by globetrott Written May 12, 2015

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    The Dodo was a big bird that lived on Mauritius and some other islands of the area, but it died out already around the year 1690. The bird was about 20kg, was looking for food at night and wasnot able to fly. It was nesting on the ground and when the settlers came to the island they took other animals with them like apes, rats etc. and they started to rob the eggs of the Dodo, that was not used to be afraid of any other creature untill then.
    Dodos were also held on ships, so the sailors had fresh eggs on long journeys.
    The dodo is

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    Viewpoint of the mountains

    by victorwkf Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    There is an impressive viewpoint of the mountains of the Black River Gorges National Park along the journey to Chamarel. There are signposts along the road to tell you where the viewpoints and waterfalls are, so you don't have to worry that you will miss them.

    Mountains of Mauritius

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    Entrance fees of Chamarel

    by victorwkf Written Oct 7, 2003

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    In order to enter into the road to the Chamarel Falls and the multi-coloured earth, you have to pay an entrance fee of 60 Mauritian rupees (slightly more than US$2).

    Chamarel Falls, Mauritius

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    Monkeys

    by victorwkf Written Oct 7, 2003

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    There are some monkeys at the mountain viewpoint of the Black River Gorges National Park. These monkeys are playful but do not approach so close to them as they will turn aggressive.

    Monkeys at Mauritius

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    View of the coast & sea

    by victorwkf Written Oct 7, 2003

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    Because Mauritius is not a very big island, you can have a good view of the coast and sea from some of the viewpoints of the Black River Gorges National Park on a clear day.

    View of the coast & sea, Mauritius

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    Waterfalls and mountains

    by victorwkf Written Oct 7, 2003

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    There are several waterfalls and many green mountains in the Black River Gorges National Park. Generally, the southern part of Mauritius is mountainous whereas the northern part is flat.

    Waterfall of Mauritius

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    Alexandra Falls

    by victorwkf Updated Oct 7, 2003

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    Besides the famous Chamarel Falls, you can also visit the Alexandra Falls at the Black River Gorges National Park. There is a signboard along the road to tell you where is the waterfall.

    Alexandra Falls, Mauritius

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