Mauritius’ Tamarind Falls (also known as Tamarin Falls or 7 Cascades) is one of the island’s most beautiful natural gems. About 28 kilometres south of the nation’s capital, Port Louis, these inland falls make for a popular destination for hiking, canyoning, wildlife spotting and taking a refreshing swim at the base of its cascades.
Next to the village of Henrietta, Tamarind Falls on the River Tamarin is a place of wild, breathtaking beauty and a must-see for both nature lovers and adventurers. However, given its somewhat tricky-to-get-to location, it’s best to visit the falls as part of a half- or full-day tour or with an experienced local guide who can take you down the waterfalls along the walking tracks. These tours also ensure that you stop at all the best vantage points from which to see the falls and its verdant surrounds. For safety reasons, we don’t recommend going it alone. That said, some tours even allow brave thrillseekers to jump from different parts of the waterfall down to the next level. Don’t worry if you don’t want to take the plunge, though – you’ll just have to make the steep descent on foot. Hikers should have reasonable fitness levels and wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. Also, don’t forget your swimming gear, insect repellent, a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
Canyoning (abseiling) tours are also on offer and provide an unforgettable – and truly vertical – way for adrenaline junkies to see and experience the falls. There are loads of jumping-off points and zip-lines that bring you to the waterfall basins at the base of the canyon. However you choose to get down, once you’ve worked up a sweat, take a dip down at the bottom and let the cascades shower you and cool you off.
During your visit, don’t let the falls command all of your attention – keep your eyes peeled for the area’s resident exotic birds and plants, too.