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Location South West
Operating Hours 09:00 - 17:00
Operating Days All Days
Duration Flexible
Activity Time Flexible
Transportation Offered as Supplement
from 10€

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About the Ebony Discovery Tour

Spend the day hiking, strolling or simply meandering along the trails and tracks at the Ebony Forest. While making your way through the forest, you will get to admire the native fauna of Mauritius, such as fruit bats, swiftlets and tropicbirds soaring high along the mountains’ ridgeline. The two mid-canopy walkways through the Ebony Forest will give you the surreal sensation of floating through one of the best-preserved forests on the island.

Ebony Discovery Tour

You can have a guided tour with one of the experienced staff members or if you prefer, wander along the trails on your own where you will encounter informative signs to guide the way. If you are a keen bird watcher, you will be able to spot the endemic birds such as the Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher, Mauritian Black Bulbul and grey-white eyes

The Sublime Point offers a breathtaking view of Le Morne Brabant and the surrounding bays

At the end of the bridge, you will reach a platform that allows you to contemplate on excellent panoramic views of the island, including the southwestern, western and central plateau regions.

For lunch, you can head to the Le Takamaka restaurant, located at the Visitor Centre. The restaurant offers light lunches and local specialities such as deer sausage or the special poisson salé pizza. Furthermore, the restaurant uses the exotic wood removed during their restoration work to fuel their wood-fired pizza oven.


Additional Info - The Ebony Forest

Safari jeeps are available every 30 minutes; the first one leaves the Visitor Centre at 9:30 to the Flycatcher Raised Walkway. From the Flycatcher Raised Walkway, the next jeep will head towards the Sublime Point and back to the Visitor Centre. The last jeep departs at 16:30 during winter (1 April - 31 October) and 17:00 during summer (1 November- 31 March).

Each jeep has a capacity of 9 visitors, so availability is not guaranteed. Walking through the Ebony forest is recommended for a more immersive experience.

Ebony Forest Trails

Ridgeline Trail

This trail runs along the mountain top. To the west, you will see Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Île aux Benitiers, while to the east you will see the south-east coastline and the different plant restoration sites. From there, you can either walk down from Sublime Point, or up from the Flycatcher Raised Walkway. This is a relatively gentle trail of 1.1 km and is expected to take 30 minutes at average pace.

Piton Canot

This 400m trail is a continuation of the Ridgeline Trail and is accessible from Sublime Point. If you are feeling energetic, you can hike up to the peak of Piton Canot (542 m) where you will be rewarded by a 360-degree view. The trail ascends around 140 m, and will take a return trip of around 45 minutes. The hike up Piton Canot will provide you with breathtaking panoramic views of the south-west of Mauritius.

Routes

  • Visitor Centre to the Flycatcher Raised Walkway - 1.3 km
  • Flycatcher Raised Walkway to the Sublime Point - 1.3 km
  • Visitor Centre to Sublime Point - 2.4 km

Raised Walkways

Flycatcher Raised Walkway

A guide will accompany you on this mid-canopy walkway of 300 m through one of the best-preserved ebony forests in Mauritius. You will encounter some of the rarest plants in Mauritius, see ebony trees and may meet the Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher and Mauritius Bulbul.

There are 14 guided tours per day, each 30 minutes in length. The first tour starts at 9:45 and the last one at 16:15. This walkway is at times 4m in height, so if you suffer from vertigo, please let the guide know beforehand.

Sublime Point Raised Walkway

This short raised walkway of 90 m leads to Sublime Point where you can take in the stupendous views! Relax and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Morne, to the south and the Moka range, with the distinctive Pieter Both mountain to the north. Fruit bats, swiftlets and tropic birds soar along the ridgeline.

You can have a beverage (soft drink, cocktail or beer) and snack (samosa, roti, gateau piment) while taking a break from the stresses of life!

Note: You can access the raised walkway either from the Ridgeline Trail, Piton Canot Trail or at the safari jeep drop off point.

Facilities at The Ebony Forest

Ebony Discovery Tour
  • Visitor Centre
  • Boutique
  • Le Takamaka restaurant
  • Sublime Point Snack
  • Toilets
  • Native Plant Nursery
  • Ebony Museum

Lunch Menu at Le Takamaka Restaurant

Adults Menu

Main Dish:

  • Salad Bois d'Olive
    Black olives, cucumber, feta, pineapple, onion, peanuts and tomatoes on a bed of lettuce and topped with a sprinkling of raisins Or
  • Salad Ebony
    Chicken, bread fruit, green beans, green olives, tomato and onion Or
  • Pizza Tipik (large)
    Salted fish, chilli peppers, tomato, onion, tomato sauce and mozzarella Or
  • Pizza Reinette (large)
    Seasonal vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella Or
  • Pizza Latanier (large)
    Chicken, onion, black olives, baby corn, tomato sauce and mozzarella

Dessert:

  • Banana tart Or
  • Ice-cream / sorbet (3 scoops)

Drink: Virgin cocktail

Kids Menu

Main dish:

  • Pizza Margherita
    Tomato sauce and mozzarella Or
  • Pizza Reinette
    Seasonal vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella Or
  • Pizza Latanier
    Chicken, onion, black olives, baby corn, tomato sauce and mozzarella

Dessert: Ice-cream / sorbet (1 scoop)

Drinks: Fruit juice


Prices

Price Per Adult: 10 Euro

Price Per Child (3-12 years): 6 Euro

Optional Lunch:

  • Adults Menu - 14 Euro / Adult
  • Kids Menu - 7 Euro / Child

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