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Southwest Mauritius Day Trip: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs, and Seven Coloured Earth

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Mauritius, Mauritius, Port Louis
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Experience the unspoiled nature of southwest Mauritius on this day trip from your island hotel. With an expert guide, travel to the verdant Rivière Noire District, where high mountain peaks, volcanic formations and nature reserves dominate. Visit towering Chamarel Waterfall and the striking Seven Coloured Earth dunes, sample rum at a local distillery, and savor a 3-course Mauritius lunch. Visit the ancient Trou aux Cerfs crater, boasting sweeping island views and finish the tour at the Ship Model Factory in Floreal. Numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

What You Can Expect

Your day starts with pickup from your hotel on the north, east, west or south side of the island. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history from your guide as you drive along the west coast to the Rivière Noire District. Pass through Le Morne, La Prairie and Macondé before curving back into the mountains to the picturesque village of Chamarel.

Visit Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Mauritius that plunges more than 328 feet (100 meters) against a scenic backdrop of forests and mountains. Continue to the Seven Coloured Earth, a striking geological formation created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures. Admire the exposed hillsides glowing with red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow colors.

Next, head to La Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery to sample local rum. Follow your tasting with a delicious, traditional 3-course lunch served with Chamarel coffee and water at a local restaurant. 

After lunch, continue up to a high plateau and reach a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park. Listen as your guide points out the variety of flora and fauna thriving below.

In the district of Savanne, visit the secluded Grand Bassin lake, an important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. Continue on to the Trou aux Cerfs, a huge volcanic crater formed millions of years ago. From here you’ll enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the island before you head to see the Shop of Ship Model.

The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island. Le Port’s eye for detail and quality has many customers visiting them from around the world. Their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. At times it requires more than six months for a craftsman to produce a particular model. They also create half models and replicas.

Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • Rum samples (over 18yrs only)
  • Lunch with Chamarel coffee


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Your hotel in the north, east, west or south of Mauritius

Departure Time

North: 7:20am West: 7:15am South: 8am Southwest: 8:30am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.


8 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Tour Options

Trip in English


Southwest Mauritius Day Trip with an English-speaking guide

User's Reviews

Image - 19 Feb 2018 -


The key touristic attractions of Mauritius in a well organised and professionally run tour. Very good vehicle, professional driver and guide. Recommended.

Image - 18 Feb 2018 -


Excellent day out which we enjoyed very much. It was a full day but worth seeing other parts of the island. Natalie our guide was very knowledgeable and we were a small group. The driver was also very good. I booked the trip the day before on my iPhone via the app and everything went smoothly.
Lunch was good and included in the price.
I would recommend this trip but remember to take mosquito repellent with you to the Waterfall. This is the only place of the whole week I was bitten!

Image - 14 Oct 2017 -

Sonia Q

Very good experience! The gude was well prepared and patient. She gave us interesting information about Mauritius: people, religion, history and everyday life.

Image - 23 Jun 2017 -

Ashish P

Great tour and made all the better with the wonderful tour guide Melissa

Image - 17 Dec 2016 -

Vishal C

A highly recommended and value for money tour.

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