Full Day Hiking: Enjoy the full day hiking at Le Morne Brabant which is a truly magnificent high point of Mauritius. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a rugged mountain, 555 meters high, and was used as a shelter by runaway slaves through the 18th and early 19th century. There are 2 routes around the mountain, one for every level. The first route is The Slave Route up to the Cross (DIFFICULTY: CHALLENGING)This is the more sportive route, which takes you to the highest point you can climb to, 515 meters above sea level. The hike ends at the ‘Cross of the Slaves’, a statue to commemorate the runaway slaves who on 1 February 1835 jumped to their deaths to escape a police expedition who came to tell them that slavery had been abolished.
The first 250 meters up are easy and the path is wide. From 250 to 400 meters high, it gets more narrow and steep. The last 100 meters up are the most challenging part. The second route is The Hilly Forest Route (DIFFICULTY: EASY) Enjoy the lush green mountain scenery on this fun walk. Through the savannah-like landscape a broad path takes you up to the plateau which surrounds the mountain.
Walking around Le Morne – the luxury hotels, astonishing lagoons and Benitiers Island glittering at your feet – you overlook the southwest coast of Mauritius, all the way up to the mountains encircling capital Port Louis and the peaks of Black River Gorges National Park. The mountain slopes are home to tropical birds, fruit bats, deer and wild boar, so don’t forget to bring your camera. (Including a bottle of water, a chocolate bar and a cereal bar) The view at 515 meters above sea level is truly sensational; the multicolored sea and surrounding summits are breathtaking.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pikpik Studios.
Duration: 4 - 5 hours.
Start/opening time: 6:30am.
End/closing time: 11am.
Languages: French, English, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Italian.
Others: Min. Age:12 years and above.