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Hiking Le Morne Brabant Mountain, Mauritius

Hiking Le Morne Brabant has to be on the bucket list of anyone living or visiting Mauritius.  The mountain offers breathtaking views of the island as well as its surrounding ocean.  It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 largely because of its sad history and connection to slavery.

Le Morne Brabant

Getting there

The trail opened officially to the public on the 24th of July 2016.  It is accessible by car through two different routes.  The first is by heading towards the kite surfing area after Le Morne public beach.  The second is through a side road on the main road itself.  Both roads are not surfaced as they get close to the site and quite a bit of caution should be exerted while driving there.

It can be confusing to get there.  Click here for directions on Google Maps.

Le Morne Brabant Entrance Parking

Entrance of the trail from the parking lot

Park & Hike  

There are no entrance fees to pay to hike the mountain however it may be a wise idea to hire a guide to assist you if you are not too familiar with the area.  The terrain at some point can be tricky or slippery and the guide will also serve as a good history lesson about the iconic mountain.  A register has to be filled in with the names of every hiker before entering or leaving the trail for obvious security reasons.

The initial part of the hike is fairly smooth with moderate inclination.  The trees along the trail act as frames revealing the magnificent turquoise blue sea on clear days.

Le Morne Brabant view

The turquoise blue sea surrounding ‘Ile aux Benitiers’ off the west coast

The hike only starts to get slightly more difficult as you reach mid way up the mountain.  There you start encountering more challenging rocky terrain and steeper ascents.

Le Morne Brabant dangerous steep climb

One of the steep parts of the mountain hike

Ropes have been set up to help you in making the ascent and subsequently the descent.  As you get further up, a lot of care should be taken to reach the summit with its famous cross.

Le Morne Brabant Cross

The famous cross at the top of the Mountain with its breathtaking views

Grab Your Camera, Enough Water & Do Not Litter

Le Morne Brabant View

The island of Mauritius from another perspective as you near the top of the hike

The trail should take 4 to 5 hours to complete depending on your pace.  Grab your smartphone or camera to take breathtaking pictures or videos.  Drone flyers should also be careful as light aircrafts or helicopters fly close to the Mountain’s summit and lagoon areas.  Carry enough water to keep you hydrated but respect the luxury of having access to such a wonderful site and do not litter.  Consider also carrying a portable charger for your phone.  Not like the reception is great there but you do not want to miss the great scenery or famous ‘underwater’ waterfall from above.

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