Mauritius, being a volcanic island, contains several breathtaking summits and valleys to explore by foot. The island is well known for its natural beauty. Maurice offers many hiking and trekking spots in parks and reserves, around its basaltic mountains and in many other beautiful places. Each peak offers a unique panoramic view of this paradise.
Some of the most popular hiking spots in Mauritius are:
- The Black River Gorges National Park
- Le Pouce mountain
- The Morne Brabant
- Nicoliere reservoir
Black River Gorges Park National
This Park, which is located in the South-West of Mauritius, extends over an area of 6 754 hectares and covers about 2% of the total area of the island.
There are several hiking spots, short and long, recommended in the park. With the help of guides, you will discover the natural heritage of Mauritius in this unique region, which is also the location of one of the rarest forests in the world.
It houses approximately 311 species of native and endemic plants, and 9 species of birds, which are found only in Mauritius. You’ll find yourself in the heart of a native forest which offers many scenic views, and a refreshing river where you can swim.
Le Pouce mountain
Hiking at this mountain is not the most difficult hike but is the most popular in Mauritius. This hiking trail is very loved by nature lovers, hiking lovers and especially beginners. Le Pouce is located on the northwestern part of the island of Mauritius, in Moka district, between the Signal mountain and Pieter Both mountain. The peak of this mountain is recognized as the third highest mountain in Mauritius with 812 meters, after Pieter Both, and Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire.
The Morne Brabant
This iconic trail in Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant, is definitely among the best things to do during a visit to Mauritius. This majestic mountain was declared a world heritage by UNESCO to commemorate the legacy of marronage (runaways slaves) in Mauritius. The Morne Brabant is one of the most unspoiled and wildest mountains of the island. This mountain is home to a great variety of endemic species, such as the Trochetia Boutoniana, which is the national flower of Mauritius.
The Nicoliere is a water reserve located on the eastern path. This small lake is surrounded by hills, forming a protected area where the vegetation is completely different from that of the coast. Discover an incredible path in the reserve of the Nicoliere where you can meet monkeys and wild boars. The trail will lead you to rivers and forests, with breathtaking views of the Lake of the Nicoliere and the islets of the North.
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