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Best Hiking Trails in Mauritius

Overview

Known for beaches, Mauritius is a small African island in the Indian Ocean that also has some low mountains to explore. There are hikes near the capital, Port Louis, such as Long Mountain and Le Pouce, as well as in Black River Gorges National Park, La Valle des Couleurs Nature Park and Le Morne Brabant. The best months to go hiking in Mauritius are June to November.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Mauritius.   

Capital: Port Louis

When To Hike in Mauritius?

June – November: September – November are the driest months; July and August are cool
December – May: Cyclone season is officially November – May but most occur between December – March
Climate: Tropical – hot and humid throughout the year; rainy season is hot, cooler and drier season. 

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are marked trails and some pretty good resources available, but still better to take a guide for most hikes.  There are quite a few guiding companies advertising their services. 

Transportation required: Vehicle to access trails.

Where to stay in Mauritius for hiking:

  • Port Louis

Top Places to Hike in Mauritius

The main hiking area is the southwest part of the island. Around Port Louis there are small, disparate mountainous areas. Highest Mountain: Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire (828 m)

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Lion Mountain

Le Morne Brabant

  • Has a sad backstory (a group of slaves threw themselves over rather than face capture)

Corps de Garde

La Vallee des Couleurs Nature Park

Black River Gorges National Park

Around Port Louis

  • Long Mountain
  • Le Pouce Mountain Peak
  • Others (ie. Moka Range Challenge; Snail Rock; Guiby Mountain)

Mauritius's Long Distance Trails

Mauritius's Walking & Hiking Resources

Mauritius Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Lonely Planet Mauritius, Réunion and Seychelles, by Matt Phillips, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Anthony Ham, 2019, Lonely Planet Publications
  • The Rough Guide to Mauritius, by Rough Guides, 2015, APA Publications
  • Other independently published guides

 

Best Hiking Trails in Mauritius:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Black River Peak
  • Chamarel Waterfall and Seven Coloured Earths
  • Long Mountain
  • Le Pouce Mountain Peak
  • Lion Mountain
  • Le Morne Brabant
  • Trois Mamelles
  • Corps de Garde

Easy Hiking Trails in Mauritius:

  • Piton du Canot
  • Tamarin Mountain

 

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What Else To Do

  • Diving/snorkeling
  • Dolphin watching 
  • Beaches

Other Important Points