Hiking & Trekking in Mauritius- An Overview

If you are looking for a way to get the adrenaline rushing in your veins and enjoy the best of nature, Mauritius is the perfect destination to be. This natural paradise offers a vast array of breathtaking landscapes and terrains for you to explore.

You simply have to choose and enjoy your hiking and trekking trip in Mauritius and discover the finest of trails and viewpoints- with varying lengths and grades of difficulty.

Here is a list of some places that offer hikers and trekkers an amazing experience with remarkable views:

  • Maccabee Panoramic Trail

Maccabee is one of the easiest trails in Mauritius that offers an astonishing panoramic view of the Black River Gorges Park, and its surrounding forests and waterfalls. The trail is over 10 km long. It takes around 2 to 3 hours for the hikers to reach the highest point at 652 m, which is also considered to be one of the best picnic points in Mauritius.

  • Lion Mountain

The southeast part of the island displays a majestic lion like profile, hence the name. This wondrous profile is a phenomenal place to go hiking and trekking. The trail offers a medium level of difficulty, with some exposed scrambling and challenging terrain along the lion’s back to reach atop the head where the hikers and trekkers are rewarded with a fantastic view of the island’s interior and the coast. The trail is 8.4 km long and takes up to 3 to 4 hours to complete.

  • Le Pouce

Le Pouce is the third highest mountain located near the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis. Its highest point is at the peak of 812m, which is shaped like a thumb. The hiking and trekking trail here is easy and takes about 4.3 km long to reach the peak, which offers a breathtaking view of the Moka range and Pieter Both (a unique and natural rock shaped like a human head).

  • The Tamarind Falls

Tamarind Falls is another most popular hiking and trekking destination in Mauritius. The trail here is fun and takes about 6 hours on an average to complete. It offers moderate difficulty level and is accessible to all. The trek starts at the base of an impressive canyon and progresses towards heavenly waterfalls through two different breathtaking routes, one of which leads through a forest and the other through an open area on the majestic basalt rock. You are free to swim in the refreshing water or lose yourself with a natural massage standing beneath the cascade.

  • La Nicoliere Reserve

This untouched reserve hold one of the most beautiful lakes in the island surrounded by equally majestic hills. Hiking and trekking here is fairly easy, takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete, and offers a sense of fantasy through a trail of forests and rivers with awe-inspiring views of the Northern Islets and the La Nicoliere lake. You can also spot bats and wild monkeys on the hills in early evening.

Bottom Line

The above trails are just a few samples of what Mauritius has to offer. Whether you are looking for challenging adventures or family friendly hiking and trekking trails, Mauritius is the right destination. The island is full of varieties and many of the trails are just less than tens of kilometers from the seaside which offers a unique opportunity to visitors.

If you are not sure how to book your hiking and trekking trip in Mauritius or if you have queries about these nature trails, you can just contact a tour operator.