Although the Alexandra Falls viewpoint is one of the most visited places in Mauritius, many people don’t know that you can also hike down to the base of the waterfall.
The Alexandra Falls hike offers an entirely different perspective – from the bottom, you’ll get a clear view of the multi-tiered waterfall flowing down over a steep cliff surrounded by lush green forest to finally meet into a small pool below.
This short but slightly technical hiking trail in the Black River Gorges National Park takes you along a narrow and uneven terrain that’s nothing short of amazing! Needless to say, it’s one of the top hikes to do in Mauritius!
So, if you’re keen to do this hike, this guide will show you exactly how!
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How to get to Alexandra Falls?
The hike to Alexandra Falls begins at the Alexandra Falls viewpoint, one of the four main entrances to the Black River Gorges National Park.
The only way to get there is to either rent a car or motorbike or arrange for a taxi since there are no buses that go through this part of Mauritius.
You can find the exact location on Google Maps by searching for “Alexandra Falls Car Park”.
As you get closer, you’ll see the Alexandra Falls sign and you just need to follow the road that goes into the forest until you arrive at a big parking lot. There are also several picnic tables and benches scattered in between the trees and toilet/changing room facilities.
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Hiking to Alexandra Falls in Mauritius
From the parking lot, make your way along the stone path and wooden bridge towards the viewpoint.
The viewpoint overlooks the hills and mountains but unfortunately, won’t provide a clear view of the waterfall.
There’s also a viewing platform here but it has been fenced off to prevent people from going up due to the broken stairs.
To find the trailhead, make your way back in the direction of the parking lot until you see a sign showing a map of the Black River Gorges National Park.
Make your way into the forest by heading along the path directly opposite the sign. After a few meters, you’ll find a narrow path on your right that goes through the pine forest.
Once you reach an intersection, you’ll see a path on your right that leads to the top of the waterfall and another one on your left.
Turn left and keep walking until you see a fallen tree in the middle of the path. There’s a narrow path on your right here that leads to the base of Alexandra Falls but the last section is very steep and only accessible if you have ropes. You’ll definitely need a guide if you decide to go through here.
For an easier alternative, walk straight ahead for a few meters until you see a tree with red paint on your right. Also on your right is a narrow path that goes downhill. Go through here and make sure to look out for the blue ribbons attached to the trees – these will help you find your way down.
Tall guava trees completely surround the trail and at times, you’ll have to duck down to avoid getting slapped in the face by branches and leaves! It’s all part of the adventure and luckily the hike down isn’t too long.
Since the path is uneven and slippery, I recommend hanging on to the trees for stability. After about 10 minutes, you’ll finally reach Alexandra Falls!
The multi-tiered waterfall flows down from a height of about 30 meters to create a small pool below. There are lots of boulders in the pool so unfortunately, you won’t be able to swim.
You can instead walk up towards the middle section for a closer look but be careful as the rocks are very slippery.
If you have more time, you can also hike to the top of the waterfall. Head back up to the tree with the red paint and walk in the direction of the viewpoint.
At one point, the trail will go slightly downhill and you’ll see a narrow path on your left. From there it should take about 5 minutes to reach the top of the waterfall.
Note: The Alexandra Falls hiking trail is very steep and slippery and requires a moderate level of fitness, so hiring a guide is highly recommended. If you’re an experienced hiker, you can do this hike on your own but you’ll have to be extremely careful when going down.
Since the hike to Alexandra Falls is rather short, you can also visit Cascade 500 Pieds on the same day. If you want to visit this waterfall as well, you can read more about it here.
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If you have more time, I also recommend visiting Mont Cocotte. The hike also starts at the viewpoint area and takes only 30 minutes to reach the summit. You can find more details about this hike in my Black River Gorges hiking guide.
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Additional tips and information
- Like all hiking trails in the Black River Gorges NP, there’s no entrance fee to Alexandra Falls.
- Make sure to wear good hiking shoes as the path is very uneven and slippery.
- Bring warm clothes and a raincoat as the weather is usually unpredictable in this particular part of Mauritius.
Where to stay in Mauritius?
Situated about a 15 minutes’ drive from the waterfall, Chazal Ecotourism provides the ultimate glamping experience for those who want to be immersed in nature.
The tents are well-equipped and can accommodate up to 5 people. You can also take advantage of the beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls close by.
Green Cottage Chamarel
With a simple yet modern look and beautiful wooden accents, the rooms at Green Cottage Chamarel offer the most scenic views over the green valley and hills of Chamarel. The location is ideal with only a 20 minutes’ drive to Alexandra Falls viewpoint.
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I hope you found this guide to Alexandra Falls helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.
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