Hiking in Mauritius
If you like walking on holiday then try hiking in Mauritius. Mauritius offers a wide variety of hikes and walks all around the island. Try some of the following:
The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest protected forest in Mauritius, providing over 50 km of trails. There are 4 entrances to the park: the Black River entrance (which is the main entrance) and Case Noyale entrance on the west coast, La Marie entrance in Plaine Wilhems and Chamouny entrance in the south. Black River Gorges is famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking, the gorge is in the central highlands, making it cooler than much of the island. Located in the hilly south western part of Mauritius. The park extends over 16,500 acres. This hike will take you into the heart of the indigenous forest with some amazing panoramic views.
The Black River peak (Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire) is part of the Black River range and is the highest mountain in Mauritius at 828m. And yet you can reach its summit fairly easily for a really rewarding view of the surroundings. The easiest hike is via Plaine Champagne as you start your hike at an altitude of about 678m and only need to go up the remaining 150m. The hike to the top will be approximately 3.5 Kms. Alternatively you can start your hike lower on the trail of Planteau in Chamarel, it is more of a climb but not too hard. The distance to the top will be approximately 5.2 Kms.
Signal mountain is probably the easiest mountain top to reach in Mauritius. Even though the road is tarred, it is closed to traffic, so you can walk happily without being bothered by any traffic. The walk has a constant medium slope to the top. Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with a fabulous view of Port Louis on the north on one side and of the western coastline of the island on the other.
A nice hike that is not too difficult is on the west coast, from Tamarin to Flic en Flac or vice-versa. This should take you around an hour and a half, at a relaxed pace. Half of the hike is on a little dirt path and the other half is on the beach.
Roches Noires is a coastal village in the district of Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius, particularly known for its various caves and wetlands areas, hike the Roches Noires Cave Trail, over 5 acres of land.
The Pouce Mountain is another relatively easy hike. Located on the North West part of the Island, the Pouce is the third highest mountain in Mauritius at 812 metres. The hike to the top of the Pouce can be started from Port Louis or from St. Pierre. The only difficult part of the hike is the ascension of the Thumb’s “nail”. Even if no climbing equipment is required, you will need to be careful after going through a small path of dense nature when you reach the last slope. It is advised that children wait with an adult in the meadow below while the more adventurous reach for the top.
If you want to take your hiking in Mauritius up a level then Lion mountain in the South East of Mauritius is a nice hike for moderate hikers, with a couple of technical parts. It heads inland through sugar cane fields, before climbing through forest to the top of the lion’s back and on to its head. The reward is a fantastic view of the eastern lagoon and the surrounding countryside. Allow half a day for this hike.
Le Morne Brabant is one of the most iconic hikes on Mauritius, with spectacular views of the southwestern corner of the island. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 in recognition of its function as a refuge for freed slaves in the 19th and early 20th century. It served as a vibrant hub for Creole culture for over 2 centuries. It is not possible to reach the true summit without climbing as it is now a nature reserve and access is restricted by the Le Morne Heritage Trust. The trail to the minor summit though is very easy to follow and well worn. The hike is not very physically demanding, but there are a few sections that are steep where using your hands is advisable. There are a few steep, rocky areas and it would not be advisable to do these if rain is forecast. Altogether it is a 4 mile round trip and you will have to pass through some private property near the summit. If you are stopped by a private landowner, they are likely to ask for a payment (usually 500 Rupees).
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