Bird watching – Ebony Forest Guided tour-hiking trail – Bird Watching Platform – F&B

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Bird watching – Ebony Forest Guided tour-hiking trail – Bird Watching Platform – F&B

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BIRD WATCHING

SEE SOME OF THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS AND WILDLIFE DURING YOUR ENDEMIC BIRD-WATCHING TOUR

Prepare for a very special and unique birding experience among one of the most magnificent ebony forests and few places in Mauritius where six of the nine remaining endemic birds call home. Walk in glorious tranquil forests while observing some of the World’s rarest birds, such as the Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet, Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher, Mauritius Black Bulbul (also known as the merle), Mauritius Kestrel, and Grey-white eye. Not to forget the Mascarene swallows, White-tailed tropic birds and Mascarene swiftlets. Ebony Forest is an Important Bird Area, as listed by BirdLife International. So you have come to the right place if you want to do a bit of bird watching.

Your 2-4 hour guided bird-watching tour starts with a brief visit of the museum, written and illustrated by British palaeontologist, bird expert and artist, and critically acclaimed co-author of Lost Land of the Dodo, Dr Julian Hume. Your expert guide will give you a summary of the natural history of Mauritius and explanation of why the island’s birds are so threatened. You will have time after your Tour to visit the museum at your leisure.

Join your guide for a five minute walk to the viewing platform of the Echo Parakeet and Pink Pigeon release aviaries. Access to the aviaries is only accessible to visitors on the Bird watching Tour and so you will have the privacy and exclusivity of this memorable experience. Our bird conservationists will help you spot and listen for the calls of the Echo Parakeet and Pink Pigeon.

Learn about how the initial Echo Parakeet and Pink Pigeon reintroductions were done in partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and National Parks and Conservation Service and funding and support from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. Ebony Forest was selected as a suitable reintroduction site for these species because of our high quality native forest and commitment to protect and conserve the island’s native biodiversity. The first birds were released in February 2018 and can be regularly seen near the aviaries and throughout the forest. Watch male Pink Pigeons parade around in an effort to impress their female counterparts. Chest puffed out and bow- cooing!

The release aviaries are used to hold young birds when they are first brought to Ebony Forest. Today, the birds come and go when they want. Food is provided in feeding hoppers inside and outside the aviaries. This supplementary feed ensures the birds have enough food and encourages the birds to stay in the area. The visit is done by one of our bird conservationists whom have over 5 years of experience in endangered bird conservation, offering expert insight into the different behaviours and ecology of the birds.

Heading towards the Flycatcher Raised Walkway, observe our plant restoration sites which our restoration team regularly weed. Proceeds from your visit are helping to contribute to this much needed forest restoration work, which benefits the birds, as well as other native and endemic wildlife. In the Flycatcher forest, you may meet pic pics as they hop around, searching under leaves for insects. Watch the Mauritius Bulbul aggressively defend its territory during the breeding season. Imagine the cacophony of the forest 400 years ago. Dodos squawking, Blue Parrots garbling and Red rails sifting through the leaf litter. Discover how the artificial nest boxes are constructed and what our team of dedicated conservationists do to preserve our remaining biodiversity.

Your guide will help you find the birds as they know the bird’s territories. The inquisitive Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher is bound to find you before you see it. Often seen in pairs, these delightful passerines will come and say hello. In contrast, the Mauritius Black Bulbul or merle is more elusive. Except when they have young and will aggressively defend their territory. Besides the island’s endemic birds, you can also spot non-native birds such as the Red-whiskered Bulbul, Indian Mynah bird, Ring-necked Parakeet, Spotted Turtle Doves, Village weaver and more.

Sublime Point offers a stunning view of the Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, crystal clear waters surrounding Ile aux Benitiers, Tourelle du Tamarin, Montagne du Rempart, Corps de Garde, Trois Mamelles, Le Pouce, Pieter Both, Piton Canot and the island’s highest peak, Piton de la Riviere Noire. With a unique vantage point, watch the endemic Mauritian Fruit Bat flying below, White-tailed Tropic Birds delight you with their aerial acrobatics, Mascarene swiftlets, and Mauritius Kestrel. Relax and enjoy the view with a selection of drinks (tamarind juice, lemon grass juice, soft drink, water) and local snacks.

Have you heard about the Dodo and the Tambalocoque Tree, also known as the Dodo Tree? Your guide will recount the contentious story of how the extinction of the Dodo was presumed to cause the decline of this endemic species. Hold a replica of the London Dodo foot, first recorded in 1656 and see the feathers and eggs of the endemic birds.

As well as great memories and photographs, why not buy a souvenir in our Shop to treasure when you are at home. Your visit and purchases in our Shop and Sublime Snack contribute to helping save endangered species from extinction and offsetting carbon.

Just like all wildlife observation tours, we cannot guarantee that you will see all the bird species present at Ebony Forest. However, there is nowhere in Mauritius where all 9 endemic species occur in the one location and you have a high probability of seeing birds at Ebony Forest. Check out our fauna conservation section to see what bird species and other wildlife can be seen at Ebony Forest.

MORE THAN 151,000 ENDEMIC & NATIVE PLANTS PLANTED

25 HA. ENDEMIC FOREST WEEDED & PLANTED, AND RESTORED

ECOLOGY CENTRE CREATED

EDUCATING & INSPIRING FUTURE GENERATIONS THROUGH OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMME

PINK PIGEON & ECHO PARAKEET BIRDS REINTRODUCED

140 ENDEMIC & NATIVE SPECIES

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM CREATED

REFUGE FOR THREATENED FLORA & FAUNA

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Hiking and Bird Watching purchase includes

• Museum, guided tour, visit the endemic bird watching platform and F&B

LOCATION: South-West of the island, Chamarel

Itinerary: Meet at the Ebony Forest Reception( Service Provider details will be on your receipt)

• Operating Days: Every day

Distance:
5.8 km

Suitable for: all ages, families, groups, and couples. As Ebony Forest is located on a mountain slope, access by push- or wheel-chair to the raised walkway and hiking trails is limited. The Visitor Centre is accessible to the wheel- and push-chair users. If you need assistance, please contact us for advice.

Group size: minimum 2 adults. If you are a large group wishing to do a Bird watching Tour, we may divide the group into smaller groups to ensure a better experience and chance of seeing the birds.

Difficulty level:

The hikes are graded easy, based on international standards. The Flycatcher raised walkway is more than 4m in height so if you suffer from vertigo, please inform our staff in advance. There are 113 steps up and 142 down on the walkway, but you will hardly notice these on your guided tour.

Food and drink: as part of the Bird Watching Tour, you will be offered one drink (lemon grass juice, tamarind juice, soft drink) and a selection of vegetarian snacks at Sublime Point. Picnics are not allowed as we wish to limit the amount of rubbish generated. As part of our commitment to the environment, we do not sell drinks in plastic bottles, but you can fill up your water bottle for free from our water fountain in our Shop.

Duration:

2 – 4 hours, depending on your schedule. After your tour, you are welcome to continue exploring the site, Visitor Centre, or simply to go and look for more birds. Our Bird Watching Tours generally start at 9 am to increase the chances of spotting the birds.

Food and drink:
picnics are not allowed as we wish to limit the amount of potential rubbish. Snacks can be bought at Sublime Point and in our Shop. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we do not sell drinks in plastic bottles, but you can fill up your water bottle for free from our water fountain in our Shop.

 

Hiking and Bird Watching Conditions:

• Validity: The voucher is valid for 60 days from date of purchase

• Activities are still carried out under rain unless the safety is compromised & itinerary may change due to weather conditions.

How to make a reservation for Hiking and Bird Watching:

Once payment is completed, the Customer will receive a Payment Confirmation by email

Customer must call Service Provider to make a reservation (Phone number on Payment Confirmation)

Your reservation is not finalized until payment is complete and your date and time slot are confirmed directly with Service Provider

Reservation date and time is subject to availability and request should be made at least 48 hours in advance

The Service Provider reserves the right to refuse to carry out the activity to any guest if any medical problems are present

• Lateness: For late arrivals, the Service Provider may reduce their activity time (if applicable) or could apply a 100% cancellation fee

• Amendments: Once you have confirmed a date and time with Activity and/or Service, any amendments will need to be confirmed between yourself and the Service Provider directly

• No Show: If the above Amendment Policy is not followed and if the customer does not show up for the reservation, a 100% Cancellation Fee will apply

• Prices are the same for both Mauritians and Tourists. Adult Prices from 18 years old; Children rates are 5-7 years old and under 4 years old is free.

• All Prices displayed on EcoMauritius.mu are inclusive of all taxes and service fees

• Booking invoice Receipt must be produced to the Service Provider before activity

Package Information

Highlights:

• Private visit to the bird release aviaries to see the rare Pink Pigeon and Echo Parakeet fed in the wild

• Tour with our experienced and passionate bird conservationists

Spot the Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet, Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher, Mauritius Black Bulbul, Mauritius Kestrel, and Grey-white eye

• Enjoy a selection of local drinks and Mauritian snacks at the breath-taking Sublime Point

Includes:

• Access to self-guided hiking trails

• Film in English (6 mins) or French (8 mins) about the island’s wildlife

• Option to further contribute to saving endangered species and carbon offsetting

• Raised walkway to the spectacular Sublime Point

• Museum about the island’s natural history written by bird expert Dr. Julian Hume

We recommend that you should bring:  sports shoes, sunscreen, a reusable bottle of water, and mosquito repellant.

Learn more about the top health benefits of hiking and spending time around nature. You can find more about our activities HERE.

 

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