Just when you thought that Mauritius couldn’t get any more instagrammable, you stumble across this gem: Chamarel’s seven coloured earths. Phones will be whipped out faster than you can get into your best candid pose and data roaming may just have to be turned on to get it straight onto the feed, because this natural phenomenon has quite the like factor.
Hidden amongst the island’s typical lush vegetation, a strange stripped-back soil – rippled by the rain – bares its psychedelic spectrum for all to see. With its undulating rolls and striking pink hues, the scene is lunar-like in its natural eccentricity. And it’s for this otherworldly quality that the seven coloured earths have remained one of the island’s top tourist attractions since the 1960s.
The science is somewhat baffling, but it is thought that the distinct swaths of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow have been formed by rare volcanic activity bringing a number of elements together that naturally vary in colour.
The hows and whys aside, these uniquely formed dunes are just one example of how nature’s astounding beauty continues to surprise. They’re not a sight to miss, that’s for sure.
You’re in the park and have already studied the rainbow colours from all angles, the pictures are raking in the likes and your mind has been suitably blown – so what next? Well first off, if you want a more detailed scientific explanation of what’s happened here, guides will be on hand at the viewing platform and will happy to share their knowledge with you – our guess is that their understanding will be better than ours, they are the experts after all.
Then there’s the rest of this beautiful park to explore. Chamarel isn’t all rainbow earth, it’s also known for its waterfalls. Showcasing the tallest single-drop waterfall on the whole island, wandering Chamarel’s verdant trails is guaranteed to make all of your jungle dreams come true.
And wildlife lovers won’t want for anything here either – a visit to the giant tortoise park is a must. Home to the second largest species of tortoise in the world, originally found in the Seychelles, these giant beasts are a spectacle in themselves.
There’s more to Mauritius than sun lounging. If you’d like to capture these incredible rainbow bands, add Mauritius to the end of your South African holiday. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore this fascinating island.
The Seven Coloured Earth Geopark can be found in Chamarel, the far south-western point of the island.
8.30am to 5.30pm all day, every day.
MUR250 – which considering all that you’ll see is a bargain in our eyes!
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