This World Heritage Site on the south coast of Mauritius is a stunning natural feature with phenomenal views from the summit. It was a retreat for enslaved people and remains a symbol of their fight for freedom. Start early to beat the crowds for stunning views at the halfway point and at the top. Le Morne is open to the public, so anyone can do this hike. It takes between three and four hours and there are some steep and rocky sections, so less confident climbers may want to follow a guide. Cool down on Le Morne Beach’s sugary sands and don’t miss a visit to the International Slave Route Monument at the foot of Le Morne.
6.5km 2-4 hours
Cascade 500 Pieds
See Mauritius’ biggest waterfall with this quick and rewarding hike. This route only takes one to two hours and ends with a front-row seat to Mauritius’ dramatic scenery and an energising dip in the cold pool at the top of Cascade 500 Pieds. This hike begins at the viewpoint for Alexandra Falls in the Black River Gorges National Park, so you can see two waterfalls in one day and spend more time in Mauritius’ rugged forests if you like.
2.8km 1-2 hours
Ready for something more challenging and off-the-beaten-track? Head to La Tourelle Mountain in the west of Mauritius for a three- to four-hour hike up the peak that sits behind the town of Tamarin. Head up the paths marked X or Z and use ropes to guide you up to the 563-metre-high summit. At the top, cast your eyes over Tamarin’s little buildings below and Le Morne, sitting behind the melting blues of Île aux Bénitiers lagoon. Note that you may need permission to access the private land and a guide is recommended.
3.5km 2-3 hours
7 Cascades / Tamarin Falls
Explore the heart of the valley with this hike that takes you to seven waterfalls in surrounding scenery that looks straight out of Jurassic Park. Start from the top of the highest of the seven waterfalls and work your way down, surrounded by birdsong and a flourishing forest. The hike takes two to three hours to complete and, at the end, you can jump into a stunning pool underneath a 45-metre waterfall. If you’re feeling daring, get closer to the waterfalls with a guided canyoning expedition.
5.5km 2 hours
Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire
This list wouldn’t be complete without the highest peak in all of Mauritius: Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire. This is where you want to go for 360-degree views of the whole island. The last challenging stretch near the top is worth it for what you’ll see at the peak. Finish your climb at the top of the island, where clouds might join you, or, on the clearest days, you’ll get the best panoramic views of soft forest ridges and the sea meeting the horizon.