Le Morne Brabant Mountain hiking– Half Day
Hike on the majestic slave trail in the South Western Coast of Mauritius, and enjoy spectacular ocean views.
iking on the path of the runaway slaves at Le Morne Brabant has to definitely be among the top things to do while staying in Mauritius. Situated at the extreme Southwestern tip of Mauritius, this rocky peninsula has a summit which covers an area of over 12 hectares (30 acres), and is about 556 meters above sea level.
Get into the heart of nature while you experience both the extreme opposites of lush greenery together with the rough and dry patches of the World Heritage Site. While hiking up the mountain, listen to the rustling trees, chirping of the tropical birds, and contemplate on the wild beauty with outstanding turquoise-blue ocean views.
As you hike you will spot splendid flora and fauna with some endemic species that are particular to this region. If you are lucky enough, you might also see the Trochetia Boutonania – a rare floral species which is also the floral emblem of Mauritius.
As you ascend, you will witness the captivating features of the mountain, whereby there are many caves and overhangs on the steep slopes. Generally surrounded by the lagoon, Le Morne Brabant is worth trying till the summit if you want to contemplate the strikingly gorgeous bird’s eye view.
About The Half Day Le Morne Brabant Hiking Trail
The half day Le Morne Brabant hiking trail invites nature lovers and adventurers for an exciting hiking experience in the southernmost tip of the island. The hike can last between three to four hours, whereby you will be guided by the professionals with EFR/WFA certification. You may also get access to the second part of the mountain which is only accessible through authorized guides.
The 6 km hiking trail has two sessions, either in the morning or in the afternoon. The morning session (Monday – Saturday) starts at 06h00 in summer, and 07h00 during winter; whereas the afternoon session (Tuesday and Thursday only) starts at 14h00 all year round. You can choose your session according to your preference. The base of the hiking trail is generally flat and wide. Sign boards make it easy to locate paths, some of which are mostly shaded and not too physically demanding.
Deep into the woods, you will encounter the exquisite sea bird, Paille en Queue, and indigenous plant species that will captivate your attention. As you advance, you will find yourself in the dry and rough terrain of the mountain, which can be quite challenging. The heat will elevate and thus it is recommended to take a sunhat or cap and water with you. It is also important that you are well-equipped with sunscreen and good trekking shoes due to the uneven tracks.
As you progress, you will find a gigantic, basalt rock peak dotted with caves which once harbored runaway slaves. You will have to climb a rocky hill with equipment provided by the authorities which can be quite a challenging experience. As you gradually move to the summit you can easily spot the huge metal cross which marks the highest accessible point. Take this chance to marvel at the absolutely stunning views of Ile aux Benitiers, Le Morne beach, and the spectacular surrounding areas.
About The Le Morne Mountain
The symbolic Le Morne Brabant is a majestic mountain located in the South Western part of Mauritius, on the Le Morne peninsula. The majestic mountain has been declared as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO since July 6, 2008 to commemorate the Maroonage (runaway slaves) legacy in Mauritius. It is believed that the slaves were committing suicide by jumping off the cliff of the mountain due to the very inhumane treatment they suffered.
Le Morne Brabant is one of the most preserved and wildest mountains of the island. It is a habitat to a very large variety of endemic and narrow-endemic species, such as the rare Trochetia Boutonania, which is the floral emblem of Mauritius.