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Le Morne Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Duration: Half Day

Le Morne Tour - UNESCO World Heritage site

Located in the southwest Indian Ocean, the island nation of Mauritius is renowned for its exquisite natural beauty. White sandy beaches, crystal clear azure waters and lush mountain peaks are just some of the highlights. This tour will take you to one of the most beautiful sites in the country as we explore Le Morne Brabant Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Le Morne Brabant is an isolated peninsula situated at the south-western tip of the island. The scenery alone is spectacular, but the most distinguishing feature is the enormous basaltic rock which juts out into the Indian Ocean and dominates the landscape. This mountain rises 556 metres above sea level and the summit covers an area of more than 12 hectares.

The rock is famous for its many overhang caves, which were used as hideaways for runaway slaves (Maroons) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. There is both physical and oral evidence to support this. The slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne, protected by the isolated dense woods and almost inaccessible cliffs. When slavery was finally abolished, an expedition was sent to meet them to announce the good news. Upon seeing so many soldiers coming their way, however, they believed they were going to be captured again and many jumped from the summit to their death.

Le Morne has been a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, suffering and sacrifice ever since. This has been reinforced by traditions associated with maroons and their descendents from around the world, but with particular relevance to the countries from which the slaves came – the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia. As an important stopover in the eastern slave trade, Mauritius came to be known as the “Maroon Republic” due to the large number of escaped slaves living at Le Morne Mountain.

In addition to its important historical value, Le Morne is also renowned for its outstanding natural beauty. The peninsula surrounding the mountain is breathtaking, boasting crystal clear turquoise lagoon and lush tropical vegetation. The area has been developed into an upmarket tourist spot and is a popular place to enjoy watersports, golf and boat trips to nearby islands.

Not to be missed during your holiday in Mauritius, Le Morne is a piece of paradise just waiting to be explored.

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