Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark provides a unique opportunity to discover millions of years of history through the iconic 7 Coloured Earth and the Chamarel waterfall - the tallest single drop waterfall in Mauritius. The park, open since the late 1960s, plays a key role in showcasing Chamarel, a region steeped in history and blessed by geography.
You may wonder on the origin of the name 'Chamarel'... It relates to Toussaint-Antoine et Charles-Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel; 2 French brothers who, in 1786, had been granted a concession of land in Chamarel known as ‘Le Nuage’. Charles-Antoine tried to develop the land with Sugarcane, Cotton and Indigo until 1815 when he left Mauritius. Coffee was introduced in Chamarel in 1967 as the location was regarded as having appropriate climate and soil quality.
Our geopark focuses on connecting people with nature in an enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening manner through geology, education and conservation. We also ensure that our activities be considerate and fair towards the exploitation of the area with all due respect for the environment and for the surrounding communities. We also promote the unique Café de Chamarel - the only coffee grown and processed in Mauritius - at our coffee shop and souvenir shop.
As stewards of one of Mauritius’ greatest natural wonders, we are committed to providing knowledge on the origins of Mauritius and its formation. Our goal is to serve our customers and community with geological products and services that promote lifelong learning and meet the highest standards of environmental welfare and safety.