Trek – Ebony Forest Guided tour-hiking trail

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Trek – Ebony Forest Guided tour-hiking trail

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Ebony Forest Guided tour of the reserve + Piton Canot viewpoint + FB (minimum 2 people)

CULTURAL HIKE INTO THE WILD!

Highlights:

• Breath-taking 360 degree view from Piton Canot

• Experienced and passionate guide to divulge the island’s history and secrets

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

Take a trek with one of our experienced guides and discover how the island’s geological and colonial history has shaped the surrounding landscapes. See and learn about the villages of La Gaulette, Case Noyale and Chamarel, how the island’s volcanoes, deer ranching and sugar cane production have influenced today’s landscape. Our local guides will transport you back in time with stories of the slaves that were marooned on Le Morne Brabant and why this mountain was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your 3-4 hour guided hike will start at the Visitor Centre 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. You will discover how the history of the Dutch, French, British, and today’s communities are interlinked with the plants and animals. Hike along the scenic Ridgeline Trail and discover why Ile aux Benitiers was used as a quarantine post, where the name Case Noyale originates and the origin of many local Creole names.

On your hike, your guide will explain how the landscapes and wildlife has been rapidly transformed by humans and why our forest restoration and conservation work at Ebony Forest are so important. Float among the majestic ebony trees and spot Fruit Bats hanging in the trees or eating fruits, endemic Phelsuma geckos sunbathing, pic pic birds fluttering among the canopy looking for insects and one of the rarest trees in the world, bois corail or Coral Tree, named for its magnificent coral-shaped flowers. Breathe in the sweet scents of the fresh and cool forest air and learn about the diversity of the island’s birds, both extinct and extant, and the reasons for their demise.

Relax and enjoy the view at Sublime Point with a selection of drinks (tamarind juice, lemon grass juice, soft drink, water) and local snacks (gateaux piments, samosas). As the name suggests, the views at Sublime Point are stunning. Observe 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 Rivière Noire. With a unique vantage point, watch the endemic Mauritian Fruit Bat flying below, White-tailed Tropic Birds delight you with their aerial acrobats, Mascarene swiftlets, and Mauritius Kestrel.

From Sublime Point, choose to hike up Piton Canot for a 360 degree panorama of the west and south-west coasts, village of Chamarel and Black River Gorges National Park. This 400 m trail, with an ascent of 140 m to the summit at 542 m above sea level, is the steepest part of the trek.

Back at the Visitor Centre, in addition to 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.

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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Ebony Forest – Guided Trek Includes

• Museum, guided tour, visit the Pitot Canot viewpoint 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: 3-4 hours

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. Just a heads up, the Flycatcher raised walkway is more than 4m in height so if you suffer from vertigo, please inform our staff in advance. Moreover, 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.

 

Ebony Forest – Guided Trek Conditions:

• Validity: The voucher is valid for 60 days from the 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:

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 are 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 feed 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, mosquito repellant

Learn more about the top health benefits of trekking and hiking. You can find more about our activities HERE.

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