Discovering Le Morne Brabant in Mauritius – A Stunning Mountain Sanctuary

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Inspiring awe amongst those who witness its sheer raw beauty, Le Morne Brabant is a truly stunning basaltic mountain. Rising to a height of 556 metres, this mountain was once a refuge for fleeing slaves and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site worth exploring.

Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant | Image Credit : Svein-Magne Tunli – tunliweb.no, Le Morne Mauritius tunliweb 01, CC BY-SA 4.0

Getting there

The Le Morne Peninsula located in the south-western tip of Mauritius is where you will find this enchanting mountain. When looking for the best resorts in Mauritius you can consider those in Le Morne itself or even those a bit further away; from properties such as The Residence Mauritius by Cenizaro, you can plan a full day excursion to this site.

Cultural Significance

Besides its natural heritage, this mountain also has a fascinating history; during the 18th and early part of the19th centuries, it became a refuge for runaway slaves who sought shelter here. It was a symbol of the anti-slave movement before slavery was subsequently abolished here in 1835.

Rare flora

Le Morne Brabant is blessed with diverse flora some of them quite rare. This includes the national flower of Mauritius, Boucle d’oreille (Trochetia boutoniana) and the Mandrinette Hibiscus.

Hiking to the Summit

Making the ascent up the 3.5 km hiking trail is the perfect way to experience the mountain’s beauty. The three to four hour hike will take you past exotic plants, towering trees and caves where runaway slaves once hid. At the summit, spellbinding panoramas of Mauritius await!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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