Hiking in Mauritius – 3 fantastic trails for beginners level

Hiking in Mauritius is a must-do when visiting the island. We will be even more honest; you are a fool if you skip this! There are many mountains in Mauritius to hike, and mountain peaks are visible high all over the island. Providing ultimate hiking trails through forests, waterfalls, caves and spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The true adventurer will skip a resort day and make sure to get on top. There are endless opportunities; guided hike tours and trails to fly solo! Below 3 incredible hikes we have done so far – all very much doable for us hiking rookies!

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Prepare for hiking in Mauritius

Safety first when hiking Mauritius

Better be well prepared than sorry later! That is the same for hiking in Mauritius. In the end, you want to enjoy your trip and not travel home with regrets or injuries. Ensure that you are taking safety measures, wear appropriate hiking clothing and shoes and do not stunt on the mountain edges. However, some mountains are also possible to hike without hiking shoes. A good pair of sneakers is then recommended.

Tip: we highly recommend always bringing sunscreen, water, a hat and mosquito spray. Surely the very active mosquitos are looking forward to your arrival!

Check the weather forecast

The weather in Mauritius can change in a minute! And that can of course impact your hiking experience. The island can be unpredictable. One moment it’s fully sunny, a little later heavy rains. It can also be the case that the forecast is showing very rainy days, while on the days itself, you do not see a drop in the end. Now that must give the real travel planner some fear! Do not worry, make your plans but keep in mind that things might be different on the day itself. We just highly recommend that you do not visit the hiking trails after or during (heavy) rain. It can be too slippery on the tracks.

How to visit the hiking starting points?

Le Pouce

Hike with a guide or alone?

Some hiking trails in Mauritius are easily accessible for tourists or those who are not familiar with the area. Below we will share our recommendation per mountain. Whether you wish to do a guided tour or hike on your own really depends on the hiking places in Mauritius you wish to visit. However, not all hiking trails are easy to find without local expertise. It can therefore be highly recommended to do a hike with a guide. Perhaps this could even make you feel more comfortable to start with.

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Where to stay in Mauritius?

Surely, Mauritius has accommodation enough! Where back in the day you would most often end up in resorts, more Airbnb and smaller hotels are opening as well nowadays. That is great because it makes the island more interesting for any budget. For these 3 hikes in Mauritius, we recommend you stay more in the south. Think of the Le Morne and Black River area. In this case, it is easier to travel to the mountains early morning. Find your warm bed to rest after an active day here:


3 best hikes in Mauritius for beginners

Kicking off with a little disclaimer; because what is a beginner level? In our opinion and experience, the hikes below are doable for beginners like us. And like us means ‘hiking rookies’; who challenge themselves during one-day hikes, but only hike a mountain once per one or two years. Besides that, we do not sport heavily at home, are active on holidays but also love the lazy sunbed days. We are healthy, however, both have a history of (exercise-induced) asthma and therefore take it more easily and stop for more breaks. Can you somehow relate, and don’t mind a sweaty day with painful muscles the day after? Then we believe you are ready for the mountains below.

1. Hike Le Morne Brabant

  • Difficulty: medium (for beginners who love a challenge)
  • Distance: 7KM round trip
  • Duration: min. 3 to 4 hours
  • Height: approx. 500M
  • Guide required: we do recommend for beginners and newbies

Starting with the best of all hiking trails in Mauritius, the Le Morne Brabant hike! However, we will give it to you right away. Above the 2 other hikes mentioned here, this is truly the most challenging. But moreover, the most spectacular hike we have ever done. Online you will read many different opinions; is this hike doable for beginners or not? We believe and experienced a big yes, for those who are determined to reach the top and challenge themselves!

What to expect when hiking Le Morne

The hike starts easily and quite steadily. At one point you will notice a slight incline and your legs will need to do some more work. However, the first viewpoint will show you a first glimpse of the master show you will experience all the way up! From there on the hike becomes steeper and steeper up to a point that it even involves some rock climbing. How fun! You get the best of all hiking worlds on this hike in Mauritius.

The true rewards always come after the hardest climb right? Le Morne hiking trail is going to give it to you! Wow, wow wow! Nothing better than this view over the extreme turquoise waters of Mauritius. You have great views over the island, Ile Aux Benitiers and the Le Morne area all around.

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2. Hike Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire

  • Difficulty: easy (with a few steep parts)
  • Distance: 6,5KM round trip
  • Duration: min. 2 to 4 hours
  • Height: approx. 828M
  • Guide required: no

Get ready for the highest views possible when hiking Mauritius. Yep, you heard that right, this is the highest mountain in Mauritius. This trail is located in the Western part of Black River Gorges National Park, and one of the many Black River Gorges Hiking Trails. It being the highest one might sound terrifying, but the hike is considered one of the easiest.

Some moments of ascending and descending will take place before you reach some of the impressive views. Views over the lush green national park and turquoise waters on the other side. If you are lucky, you can even see some of the waterfalls from “7 Cascades”. Do you think that Le Morne is too heavy for you? At least from this summit, you will be able to admire Le Morne from the outside!

The good thing about this trail is that it is much covered. Perfect for sunny days. On the other hand, does it also mean that there are long parts of walking without any views. Compared to Le Morne with many more views at all times, that could be a bit disappointing. However, the panoramic views from the highest mountain of Mauritius are unbeatable!

3. Hike Le Pouce

  • Difficulty: easy
  • Distance: 4,3KM round trip
  • Duration: min. 2 to 4 hours
  • Height: approx. 812M
  • Guide required: no

A popular one on the hiking trails Mauritius list, Le Pouce mountain, is centrally located on the island. It is the third-highest mountain on the island and is considered one of the easiest. Only at the very end, you will reach a steep rocky part to get to the summit. Altogether, we do believe that this mountain is also perfect for a family day out.

There are several ways to get on the mountain. If you would like to, you can even start this hike from Port Louis. In general, most start from straight under the mountain at “Petit Verger”. Along the way up you will find multiple spots to take a chill break to soak in all the views.

The views from Le Pouce are rich! To summarize, it has a huge variety with views over the capital city Port Louis, sugarcane fields, surrounding mountains, green inland and even the Indian Ocean on the East Coast. Surely you will capture some nice photos for the album up here.

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What to do in Mauritius?

There is so much more to do besides hiking in Mauritius. The island is full of adventures like the city of Port Louis, quad racing, boat trips or cultural experiences. Plan some more fun days with the activities below:

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