Far from the simplistic cliché of a destination offering only dreamlike white sandy beaches, Mauritius also prides itself on its many hiking trails. Be it its lush vegetation, the sea, or the sensational panoramas on the peaks… there is something for everyone amidst the diversity of landscapes on the island.
Here is our selection of hiking spots not to be missed during your stay on the island:
1.Black River Gorges National Park
Lining the south-west of Mauritius, this park extends over an area of 6,754 hectares and covers approximately 2% of the total area of the island.
There are several short and long hiking trails recommended in the park. With the help of a guide, embark on an adventure to discover the natural heritage of Mauritius in this unique region, which is also home to one of the rarest forests in the world.
It shelters about 311 native and endemic plant species, and 9 bird species that are found only in Mauritius. Find yourself in the heart of an indigenous forest and luxuriate in panoramic views, and a refreshing river where you can take a dip.
For more information, read our page dedicated to the Black River Gorges National Park
2. Le Pouce Mountain
While not the most challenging hike in Mauritius, it is nevertheless the most popular. This hiking trail is favoured by nature lovers, hikers and especially beginners. Le Pouce is located in the north-western part of Mauritius, in the district of Moka, between Signal Mountain and the Pieter Both Mountain. The summit of this mountain is recognised as being the third highest in Mauritius with 812 metres, after Pieter Both and Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire.
3. Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant is the emblematic hiking trail of Mauritius and definitely one of the best things to do while you are here. This majestic mountain has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO to commemorate the legacy of ‘marronage’ (fugitive slaves) in Mauritius. Le Morne Brabant is one of the most preserved and wildest mountains on the island. This mountain is the sanctuary of a very wide variety of endemic species, such as the Trochetia Boutoniana, the floral emblem of Mauritius.
For more information, read our page dedicated to Le Morne Brabant
4. La Nicolière Reservoir
La Nicolière is a water reservoir located on the road leading to the East and which connects to the centre of Mauritius. This small lake is enclosed by hills, forming a protected area where the vegetation differs greatly from what you can find along the coast. Come and discover an incredible trail in La Nicolière reservoir where you can meet monkeys and wild boars. The trail will lead you to rivers and forests, with a clear-cut view of La Nicolière Lake and the Northern islets.
Do not hesitate to contact the concierge service of Marguery Exclusive Villas to book your activities.