Ebony Forest Discovery Tour
|Operating Hours||09:00 - 17:00|
|Operating Days||All Days|
|Transportation||Offered as Supplement|
Contact Us+230 269 1000
This Activity Is Not Operational Until Further Notice
Ebony Forest Discovery Tour - Overview
Discover the endemic flora and fauna of Mauritius through an exciting Discovery Tour at the Ebony Forest, brought to you by Mauritius Attractions! This package is suitable for all age groups so you can enjoy it with your family, friends or partner.
During this package, you can spend the day hiking and strolling along the trails & tracks of the rich forest and witness the splendor of the Ebony Forest. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rare birds, including the Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher.
Highlights of this Tour:
- See some of the rarest plants in Mauritius
- Encounter the local fauna of Mauritius
- Enjoy a guided tour of the forest
- Embark on a history trip at the reserve’s museum
- Learn about the reserves’ conservation efforts at the plant nursery
Ebony Forest Discovery Tour includes:
- Discover The Ebony Forest of Mauritius with a guided tour
- Self-guided walks along the nature trails with amazing views
- Visit of museum to learn the history of plants and animals which once lived here
- Guided visit of the native plant nursery
Transport is available for an additional supplement which will include pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation in Mauritius.
You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:
All drivers speak fluent English and French (Upon special request we can organize drivers who speak additional languages). The drivers, citizens of Mauritius, will be happy to provide you with information about Mauritius and each of its sights.
All drivers are very professional, time efficient and friendly. There is high emphasis on being always on time and providing reliable devoted service to customers.
Chamarel, West Region
|Duration:||The duration of the tour is flexible, usually around 30 minutes|
|The restaurant is closed on Sundays & Public Holidays. However the viewpoint snack will remain functional.|
|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.|
Ebony Forest Discovery Tour
Embark on a nature lovers’ trip at the Ebony Forest. You will spend the day amidst the lush green nature the west coast has to offer. Stroll through the forest, discovering the beautiful nature and learn about the history of Mauritius at the museum.
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. If you are a keen bird watcher, you will be able to spot the endemic birds that the Ebony Forest hosts, 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 where you can also see a lot of tropical birds, including the white-tailed tropicbird.
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 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.
Visit the native plant nursery, situated at the Visitor Centre, which is the only nursery in Mauritius dedicated to propagating only native and endemic species. It specialises in growing species from coastal to upland areas, including rare and threatened species.
Mauritius has one of the most threatened island floras, where almost 90% of its endemic plant species is at risk of extinction. The Nursery aids in conservation work to ensure that the island can maintain a high genetic diversity with strong and healthy plants, all whilst protecting the wildlife of the island. You will find a large variety of trees, shrubs, creepers, palms and ground cover plants here.
Additional Info about the Ebony Forest
Note: The Activities/ Facilities below may be subject to an additional cost and are not included in this package
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.
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.
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.
Facilities at The Ebony Forest
- Visitor Centre
- Le Takamaka restaurant
- Sublime Point Snack
- Native Plant Nursery
- Ebony Museum
Private and Exclusivity option
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.
|Price per Adult||12 Euro|
|Price per Child (ages 5-17)||8 Euro|
|Exclusive Ebony Forest Discovery Tour||40 Euro /Person|
This Activity Is Not Operational Until Further Notice