Trou aux Cerfs
Trou aux Cerfs is a dormant volcano with a well defined cone and crater. It is 605 metres high and you can see it about 1Km from the town of Curepipe. It is a well known natural tourist attraction in Mauritius. The crater itself has been described as between 300 and 350 metres in diameter, and with a depth of 80 metres. It is also known as Murr’s Volcano. it is said to have erupted just once some 700,000 years ago. According to the experts, the volcano is currently dormant but it could become active at any time within the next thousand years. Let’s hope it’s not to soon.
The huge crater and crater lake sits, surrounded by beautifully thick, lush vegetation and giant green pine trees. The magic of Trou aux Cerfs is its 360 degree panoramic view. Trou aux Cerfs can be reached from La Hausse de la Louviere Road, the Edgar Huges Road or the Crater Lane. Here you should be able to find parking easily enough, so that you can make your way to the site.
The crater itself is only accessible via a steep embankment, which can be dangerous when the path is wet, so do be careful and take care if visiting once it has rained. There is an area where you can sit back and enjoy the natural surroundings. Because Trou aux Cerfs is on the central plateau of the island, temperatures can be a little on the cool side, so take a light jumper with you.
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