About Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant, a rocky and stony mountain that protrudes upwards in the Southwest of Mauritius, was once used as a shelter by escaped slaves and maroons in the early years of 18th and 19th century respectively. Since then, Le Morne is considered a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifice. To note, during the slavery period, slaves were brought from Africa, Madagascar, India and Southeast Asia. In addition to that, the sublime Le Morne Brabant mountain is listed as the World Heritage by the UNESCO. Today, Le Morne Brabant stands as a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, marked with a monument at the base of the mountain.
Furthermore considering Le Morne Brabant Mountain as a backdrop, we also have Le Morne Beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches with miles of white sand surrounded with large casuarina trees along with crystal-clear waters, offering an ideal visibility. Le Morne Beach is a magnificent place for scuba diving and is particularly popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, as conditions are perfect for practicing these sports.
History of Le Morne Brabant
Mauritius’ history is a fascinating one and is filled with an amalgamation of things like slavery and freedom, inequality and tolerance and hardship and beauty. This wonderful natural site actually played an implausibly significant role in Mauritius’ history. The first slaves were brought to the island from Madagascar under the Dutch East India to work in the sugarcane and tobacco plantations as well as to fell ebony trees in the year 1639. In addition to that when trade was opened to the French in 1769, a massive numbers of slaves were brought in from other places in Africa as well as India.
However, after a long period of time, finally slavery was abolished under British rule in 1835 but before this happened, Le Morne Brabant was used as a refuge for escaped slaves in the 18th and early 19th century. There were quite a few who were renamed after the name ‘Maroons’. Each year on the 1st of February, the annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery is celebrated at the International Slave Route Monument which is established at the foot of Le Morne Brabant. Today, the basaltic mountain stands as a symbol of peace and is a reminder of the struggle of the slaves, as well as the importance of freedom. This incredible monument and mountain stand testament to the bravery of the Maroons, their suffering, their sacrifice and the unbelievable fight for freedom in incredibly hard times.
Water Sport Activities at Le Morne Beach
If you love surfing and sailing, Le Morne is definitely a must-go-to site for you. However, even if you do not like doing these,you can still have a little picnic with your friends or family at Le Morne Beach where relaxation and tranquility is reassured. It is a great beach to visit since it is mostly wild and also provides a great scenery and view. Also, the strong currents and winds make it a first choice for water sports.
Kitesurfing is one of the most amazing and fun water sport available in Mauritius. It is often described as a mixture of different water and flying sports like windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing and paragliding. Our lagoon’s waters offer opportunities both to beginners and experienced kite surfers. Kite surfing is more favourable at Le Morne, specially during the summer season.
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. Le Morne provides this activity along with kitesurfing. In this manner it is favourable for beginners and for surfers. All that is required for you to bring your equipment; but in case you are a learner or a visitor, no need to worry as you can still rent the equipment.
Other activities at Le Morne
Hiking at Le Morne Brabant Mountain
With its elegant views and captivating history, Le Morne Brabant offers an irresistible guided hiking and trekking trail. You can grab the opportunity of hiking to Le Morne Brabant Mountain as well as experiencing the scenic view of the nature. During this hike you shall be accompanied by professional guides who brief you about the hiking conditions. The hike to the summit lasts about three to four hours, depending on the pace and uniformity of the group. Some steeper parts of the climb will require the use of your hands to progress safely towards the top, where you shall discover the breathtaking views on the west and south-west lagoons and part of of the island.
Furthermore, as you hike your way to the top, an enormous, basalt rock peak dotted with caves which once sheltered runaway slaves can be found. Towards the summit, this is the place where you can encounter a little bit of difficulties. As you gradually move to the summit you will easily spot the huge metal cross which marks the highest accessible point. Nevertheless, on reaching the top of the mountain, your forbearance shall be rewarded with a truly stupendous view of Mauritius’ beautiful southern region. A chance not to be missed is when you get the chance to gape at the awe-inspiring views of the not so far islet Ile aux Benitiers, the surrounding areas of the particular region and also Le Morne Beach.
Le Morne Brabant is one of the most preserved and wildest mountains of the island as well as is habitat to a very large variety of endemic and narrow-endemic species, such as the rare Trochetia Boutoniana, which is our national flower.
Discover the World Heritage site on Horseback! At Le Morne, you can also get the opportunity to visit the cultural landscape of Le Morne Brabant on horseback. This riding is offered to you by professional staff for both beginners and experienced riders. You can enjoy your ride peacefully, without any worry as the horses are docile and calm. During your ride, you will get to enjoy the scenic view of the beach, lagoons and green forests. Moreover, in case you want to know about the cultural heritage of Mauritius, you can have a nice chat with the experienced guide who will explain and share with you the story of the mountain as well as their love for the horses.