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Trois mamelles - best hiking places in mauritius

The best thing about Mauritius is its incredible nature.  There are plenty of walking and hiking places in Mauritius to explore, from leisurely walks to difficult climbs. Bask in nature, challenge yourself and get rewarded with spectacular views.  We’ve compiled the most epic walking and hiking trails with scenic viewpoints you should not miss in Mauritius. For more trails, check also our article about the best waterfalls in Mauritius. Also, don’t miss our Frolic Meet & Trek events : we are organizing regular meetups to explore some of those walking and hiking treks together! 

 

Best walking and hiking places in Mauritius

 

1. Le Pouce (Center)

  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Time required: 3 to 4h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 355 meters / 1165 ft
  • Height of the peak: 812 meters
  • Highlights : third-highest mountain of Mauritius, 360-degree panoramic view of the whole island at the top
  • Starting point : there are two possible routes. The most popular route is from Moka, you’ll just have to follow the signs to find the start of the trail. There is another route from Port Louis through Le Dauget which is longer but less crowded. Keep an eye on colorful stones to find your way to the top. 

2. Pieter Both (Center)

  • Difficulty level: difficult (you can stop at the shoulder or you can climb to the top of it but you’ll need proper climbing gear)
  • Time required: 2 to 3h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 380 meters / 1247 ft
  • Height of the peak: 820 meters
  • Highlights : second-highest mountain of Mauritius, it’s practically an emblem of the island with its notable gigantic rock formation at the very top of it which resembles a human head. It belongs to a range of mountains called Moka Mountain Range.
  • Starting point : La Laura village, Moka

3. Le Morne Brabant (South-West)

  • Difficulty level: difficult (half of the hike takes place on a even surface and the second half on a very steep one)
  • Time required: 3 to 4h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 532 meters / 1747 ft
  • Height of the peak: 556 meters
  • Highlights : inscribed on the World Heritage List, Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula and is surrounded by turquoise lagoons, offering some of the most incredible views from the top. The peninsula was notorious in the early 19th century as a refuge for runaway slaves. After the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, on 1 February 1835 a police expedition traveled there to inform the slaves that they had been freed. However, the purpose of the expedition was misunderstood and the slaves leapt to their deaths from the rock. Since then the date is celebrated by Mauritian creoles as the Annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery. A cross on the top symbolizes the sacrifice made by the slaves. From the top you get a glimpse at the famous Underwater Waterfall, an optical illusion in the lagoon created by the sand. 
  • Starting point : to find the starting point, search for Le Morne Trail Entrance on Google Maps.
Le morne - best hiking places in mauritius
View from the top of Le Morne. Photo Credit: @gui.adrx on Instagram

4. Mount Jacob (Center)

  • Difficulty level: moderate (there is a long walk which is part of the Moka trail and which is not difficult before the climb)
  • Time required: 2 to 3h out and back
  • Elevation gain:  360 meters / 1,181 ft
  • Height of the peak: 360 meters
  • Highlights : it belongs to the same mountain range as Pieter Both, the Moka Mountain Range.  You get a beautiful view over Pieter Both and oer the two valleys, Crève Coeur and Vallée des Prêtres. 
  • Starting point : La Laura village, Moka 

5. Plateau Resmousse, Black River Gorges National Park (West)

  • Difficulty level: moderate 
  • Time required: 2h30 out and back
  • Elevation gain: 398 meters / 1305 ft
  • Highlights : 360° panoramic view on Black River Georges National Park. The park protects most of the island’s remaining rainforest, endemic birds and plants. On the way to the Plateau Resmousse, there are picnic areas near a beautiful place called La Grotte.  
  • Starting point : Black River Georges National Park Entrance. The trail is very well indicated.
 
Plateau resmousse - best hiking places in mauritius
View from Plateau Resmousse Photo Credit: @gintare_puk on Instagram

6. Macchabée Viewpoint, Black River Gorges National Park (West)

  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate. Just be aware you’ll have to cross a river by stepping on rocks.  
  • Time required: 2h15 to 5h depending on the trail you choose (see Starting point)
  • Elevation gain: 214 meters / 702 ft
  • Highlights : to reach the viewpoint, you’ll cross scenic views and several waterfalls. You might also see monkeys.  The park protects most of the island’s remaining rainforest, endemic birds and plants.
  • Starting point : There are two starting points, both well indicated. You can start from Petrin Visitor’s Center. That is the shortest and easiest trail, 2h15 out and back. You can also start from Black River Georges Park Entrance for a 4h30 to 5h trail out and back. In both options, there are 3 variants of the same route: Machabee Trail, Colophanes Trail or Pilgrim Trail. You can also do a complete loop from Petrin visitor’s center to Black River Georges Park Entrance. 
 
View from Macchabée Viewpoint Photo Credit: @bbaum.rtw on Instagram

7. Trois Mamelles Center Peak (West)

  • Difficulty level: moderate. Not very long but quite steep and will require the use of your hands. There is only shade on 1/3 of the hike.
  • Time required: 1h40 to 2h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 388 meters / 1274 ft
  • Height of the center peak: 629 meters
  • Highlights : Trois Mamelles is another iconic mountain from Mauritius with its recognizable 3 peaks (“Trois Mamelles” means “3 udders”). The most common peak to climb is the Center peak. It offers panoramic views of the southwest.
  • Starting point: Trailhead in surgarcane fields. Can be challenging to find as it’s just a passage through some grass and shrubs lining the side of the sugar cane road. After that the path is relatively clear and easy to follow.

8. La Tourelle (West)

  • Difficulty level: difficult (there are also 4-5 rope sections). Walking early in the morning or late at night is a good choice since the majority of the route is exposed to the sun.
  • Time required2h to 3h out and back, depending on your physical condition
  • Elevation gain: 426 meters / 1397 ft
  • Height of the peak: 552 meters
  • Highlights : It’s said to be one of the most rewarding mountains, offering the best view of the whole western region of Mauritius.  
  • Starting point: Finding the starting point isn’t easy. There is a warning about not being allowed to enter, and you’ll have to go down the fence. The trail begins just left to the Black Rock Reservoir water tank, then down through a dry river to meet the actual start of the trail that is marked with a sign. There are two roads (X & Z), pick the road Z which is the longest but clearest path.
  • Authorization:  The trail is accessible only through a private land. That means you have to ask prior authorisation before attempting the hike. You must send an email to loic@terresbrunes.mu. They give authorization to everyone, except groups which are too large or days where they decide to close the trail. It is advised to request at least the day before. 
La tourelle - best hiking places in mauritius
View from La Tourelle Photo Credit: @meg_slmn on Instagram

9. South Coast Trail (South)

  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Time required: 2h30 trail, 5h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 23 meters / 77 ft
  • Highlights : Breathtaking views all along the trail which is meandering along rugged cliffs of the south coast. It feels like a different place alltogether, such as Ireland or Australia.  You can also walk a little further to the “Dodo cemetery” where 4000 year old dodo bones were excavated which have been preserved quite well in the soil. 
  • Starting point: Le Souffleur or La Cambuse. It is quite well marked with green and white arrows on rocks and trees. The trail stays near the coast except for a diversion around a private estate at Ile Brocus that will take you through the sugar cane. You’ll pass by Virginia Garden, le Pont Naturel, Ilôt Brocus, Le Bouchon Public Beach and Forêt des Palmiers Géants.

10. Watook Trail / Bel Ombre Trail, Black River Gorges National Park (South)

  • Difficulty level: moderate (well maintained road but quite long trail)
  • Time required: 4h to 5h trail, 9h to 10h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 238 meters / 781 ft
  • Highlights : the trail will take you through some of the most pristine forest on the island with wildlife viewing opportunities, especially in the middle/lower portion, a waterfall along the way (Fixon Waterfall) and views of the south coast. 
  • Starting point: the easiest is is to start from Plaine Champagne (easy navigation)
 
watook trail - best hiking place in mauritius
View of Fixon Waterfall Photo Credit: @meg_slmn on Instagram

11. Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire, Black River Gorges National Park (South)

  • Difficulty level: moderate (some parts are very steep and some parts are muddy, ropes have been added to the trail to help)
  • Time required: 3 to 4h out and back
  • Elevation gain: 336m / 1104 ft
  • Height of the peak: 828m
  • Highlights : this is the tallest mountain in Mauritius, so you’ll be rewarded with exceptional 360 degree views of the whole island. You’ll get a nice view southwest to Le Morne Brabant around 2/3rd of the way as well. The Gorges viewpoint, which is a popular tourist attraction, is also found about 400 meters from the trailhead.
  • Starting point: along the B103 Plaine Champagne Road. The trail is clearly marked by painted rocks. About 100 meters from the trailhead is a small parking area that fit about 3/4 cars. The alternative is to leave your car at the Gorges viewpoint parking lot. 
  
piton d ela petite riviere noire - best hiking place in mauritius
View from Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire Photo Credit: @tishsb on Instagram

11. Piton du Canot, Black River Gorges National Park (South-West)

  • Difficulty level: easy to moderate (it’s short, which makes it easy, but some parts of it are quite steep and can be hard when you come down)
  • Time required: 1h30 to 2h30
  • Elevation gain: 196 / 643 ft
  • Height of the peak: 540m
  • Highlights : almost constant view of the sea along the way, and a beautiful view on Le Morne at the top. 
  • Starting point: Chamarel village, well indicated
  
piton du canot - best hiking place in mauritius
View from the top of Piton du Canot Photo Credit: @zrhdus on Instagram

12. Lion Mountain (East)

 
  • Difficulty level: difficult (with some parts of the trail being slippery and muddy and for a large part, you’ll have to use your hands)
  • Time required: 2h to 3h, out and back
  • Elevation gain 548m / 1,800ft
  • Height of the peak: 440m
  • Highlights : stunning views of the south-east region. It is called like this because it looks like a sleeping lion. 
  • Starting point: there are a few trails leading to the summit. Some of them are very confusing. The easiest way to start the trek is via the west trail as it is indicated better. It starts from Virieux Grand Port Police Station.
Lion mountain - best hiking place in mauritius
View from the top of Lion Mountain Photo Credit: @collecting_travel_memories on Instagram

13. Ferney Valley / La vallée de Ferney (East)

 
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Time required: 4h30 (it’s a loop)
  • Elevation gain 256m / 841 ft
  • Highlights : great to spot endemic birds and plants, and out of the beaten track. Facing the bay of Mahebourg and at the foot of the Lion Mountain, it’s home to one of the last endemic forests of the island. 
  • Starting point: Old Grand Port
 
Ferney valley - - best hiking place in mauritius
View from the Vallée de Ferney Photo Credit: @p_i_a_i_m_e on Instagram

14. Tamarind Falls Trail / Cascade Loop, Black River Gorges National Park (South-West)

 
  • Difficulty level: moderate (incline climbing can be a bit overwhelming, it can be muddy and slippery if it has been raining).
  • Time required: 4h to 5h (it’s a loop)
  • Elevation gain 359m / 1,076 ft
  • Highlights : beautiful views on the famous natural wonder “7 Cascades”, also called Tamarind Falls all along the way. This is one of the most popular excursions on the island. You can also enjoy a swim at the large and refreshing pond at the foot of the waterfall. 
  • Starting point: Tamarind Falls Hiking Trail Start (on Google Maps), near the Tamarind Falls Reservoir. The trail is not very well indicated. You might loose your way sometimes but you could still manage without a guide. 
 

15. Vallée d’Osterlog Trail (South-East)

 
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Time required: 3 to 4h out and back
  • Elevation gain 105m / 315 ft
  • Highlights : La Vallée D’Osterlog harbours hidden biodiversity treasures and leads up to Cascade Tortue, named like this because of a huge rock below the waterfall that looks like a giant tortoise shell. 
  • Starting point: La Vallée d’Osterlog Endemic Garden – visitors have to pay an entry fee of Rs50 for residents and Rs100 for nonresidents that goes towards the preservation of the garden. Visitors can choose between a biking trail and a hiking trail. 
 
Valle d'osterlog - - best hiking place in mauritius
View from the Vallée d'Osterlog Photo Credit: @kestreloculu_s on Instagram

16. Piton Savanne, Black River Gorges National park (South)

 
  • Difficulty level: easy/moderate (easy trail to follow and of good quality apart from the final few minutes near the summit).
  • Time required: 2h out and back
  • Elevation gain 244m / 733 ft
  • Height of the peak: 715m
  • Highlights : Incredible views on the South of Mauritius. 
  • Starting point: Trailhead off Chemin Grenier Road. The trail starts at a big metal gate which is kept closed – make sure to ask the Petrin Information Center if you can do the walk (might be closed off to the public during the hunting season).
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