A Bird’s Eye View of Paradise
If you have ever dreamt of Mauritius, you have probably imagined it at sea level – or, more precisely, at the beach. Or maybe even deeper as the island in the midst of the Indian Ocean is especially known for its ideal diving and snorkelling spots. But it is also worth looking at the island from a different perspective: Far away from the beaches, high up in the hillside villages and from the peaks, you will discover the beauty of this pearl in the South Sea. As Mark Twain so aptly put it back in 1896: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.” And you will only really understand what he was meant by these words once you have seen Mauritius from above.
Hike to the Landmark
At 556 metres, the peak of Morne Brabant in the south-west of Mauritius is the island’s most popular landmark. If you take on the 3.5-kilometre walk up to the cross at its peak, you are sure to be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime view. The ocean sparkles in more tints of blue than you can ever imagine, light turquoise near the sandbanks, and becoming darker in the distance. Take part in a guided hike nearby or simply explore the mountain on your own. As you set out along the path, you can enjoy the shade of the trees in the forest, but there is less and less shade the higher you go. Be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen, and sufficient water to drink.
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