Scale Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Brabant is a dramatic monolith that juts out from Southwestern tip of Mauritius and this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the island’s most iconic landmarks. This hiking experience provides the opportunity to scale this natural wonder with the help of a specialist climbing guide. The day starts early with a drive to the base of the mountain, where the Slave Route walking trail starts ascending through patchy forest which provides shade and several viewpoints to rest and gaze out over the brilliant blue sea that enfolds the peak. The first section of the trail is wide and reasonably flat until reaching the halfway point, which is a suitable end point for those who are reasonably fit but not athletic. The second section to the highest accessible point marked by a huge metal cross is very challenging and requires agility, strength, and a head for heights. As you continue the trail becomes much narrower and rocky, and almost vertical in places where some climbing equipment might be used by your guides. On this section you will spot the caves where runaway slaves took shelter, and on reaching the summit you will be rewarded with unforgettable views over Le Morne Peninsula, Ile aux Benitiers and the outlying coral gardens.

Le Morne Brabant was recognised by UNESCO in 2008 due to its significance in the history of slavery in Mauritius. A group of slaves escaped capture and hid on the hostile terrain of Le Morne Brabant, and when the British abolished slavery in Mauritius on 1st February 1835 a group of soldiers started climbing the peak to inform the community that they were free. The group so feared the authorities and being recaptured that they leaped from the rock to their tragic deaths. A celebration of the abolition of slavery is held on the 1st February each year at a monument that lies at the foot of Le Morne Brabant.

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