Ebony Forest Discovery Tour
|Operating Hours||09:00 - 17:00|
|Operating Days||All Days|
|Transportation||Offered as Supplement|
About the Ebony Forest Discovery Tour
Spend the day hiking and strolling along the trails & tracks or view the splendor of the Ebony Forest while cruising in a jeep.
As you make 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. 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 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.
Should you choose to wander along the trails on your own, you will encounter informative signs to guide the way. There are several forest trails which are not particularly difficult and have benches along the way, should you wish to rest and take in the amazing beauty of the place. When you reach the Flycatcher Raised Walkway, you will then be accompanied by a guide for a 30-minute tour, where you will learn more about the forest and the species that inhabit it. After the guided tour, you may resume exploring the forest at your own pace and eventually head for the Sublime Point.
The Sublime Point offers a breathtaking view of Le Morne Brabant and the surrounding bays.
You can also, opt for a jeep trip in the forest, where you will be picked up at the departure point and driven through the forest to the Flycatcher Raised Walkway. A guide will accompany you for a 30-minute guided tour, before you return the jeep and resume your ride to the Sublime Point.
The Sublime Point has a short walkway where 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
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.
The Ebony Forest museum is where you can witness 8 million years of the island’s history, including the history of the unique animals and plants that inhabited Mauritius. The museum provides an overview as from the volcanic eruption millions of years ago, to the flora & fauna that inhabited our island including how man’s actions have ultimately destroyed the island’s unique environment.
You will also be able to see the effort made in order to restore the island’s fragile habitats and how some habitats have been rebuilt.
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.
- 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
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.
Note: You can access the raised walkway either from the Ridgeline Trail, Piton Canot Trail or at the safari jeep drop off point.
Exclusive Ebony Forest Visit
You also have the option of booking a private Exclusive Visit where you will be able to enjoy the tour at ease.
Your visit will begin at the museum where you can witness 8 million years of the island’s history, including the history of the unique animals and plants that inhabited Mauritius. You will also be able to see the effort made to restore the island’s fragile habitats.
A private jeep ride will then bring you to the Flycatcher Raised Walkway where you will have a private guided tour. Here, you will learn more about the forest and the species that inhabit it and since this is a private tour, you can ask all the questions you have.
You will then head for the Sublime Point where you can take in the amazing views and some refreshments will be offered, including juice and some local snacks.
Facilities at The Ebony Forest
- Visitor Centre
- Le Takamaka restaurant
- Sublime Point Snack
- Native Plant Nursery
- Ebony Museum
Seasonal Operating Times
- Winter: 1 April – 31st October 09:00 – 17:00
- Summer: November – 31st March 09:00 – 17:30
You are requested to descend from Sublime Point at or before 17:00, regardless of the season. The last vehicle leaves at 17:00.
The restaurant is not available until further notice
Lunch Menu at Le Takamaka Restaurant
- Chicken vanilla sauce accompanied with salad, vegetables and chips OR
- Chicken curry accompanied with rice, black lentils and chutneys OR
- Vegetables curry accompanied with rice, black lentils and chutneys OR
- Gateau piment and aubergine curry accompanied with rice, black lentils and chutneys
- Caramelized banana with vanilla ice cream OR
- Ice-cream / sorbet (3 scoops)
- Non-alcoholic cold drink
- Pizza Margherita (small): Tomato sauce and mozzarella OR
- Fish fingers and chips OR
- Chicken nuggets and chips
- Ice-cream / sorbet (1 scoop)
Price Per Adult: 12 Euros
Price Per Child (5-17 years): 8 Euros
Exclusive Ebony Forest Visit: 40 Euro/Adult