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Climbing Le Morne Brabant

Conquer the formidable yet beautiful Le Morne Brabant


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Le Morne Brabant peninsula is one of the most iconic symbols of Mauritius. Located at the extreme southwestern tip of the island, Le Morne is famous for its 556 meters high basaltic monolith and historic significance—in the early 19th century it served as a refuge for runaway slaves.

Though it’s incredibly beautiful from below, truly breathtaking views open from the top of Le Morne Brabant. The best way to get there is to take a tour, though some decide to hike unofficially. Note that the peak is surrounded by private land holdings and only a few guides have a permission to climb there. The whole hike will take about three hours covering around seven kilometres in total.

Aside from the great views, while hiking up Le Morne Brabant you can come across a lot of endemic representatives of Mauritian flora, like the Mandrinette Hibiscus and Trochetia Boutoniana.

The period from June to September is cooler and drier so there is a chance to see better views and clear skies. Also, there're fewer mosquitoes and thus it is perfectly suited to explore the monumental Le Morne Brabant.

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