Love Tree

Plant a tree and leave a legacy in an endemic forest

Highlights:
• Plant and label your own endemic love tree and contribute to saving endangered species and offsetting carbon
• Express your feelings for each other with a written note
• Semi-guided tour with our friendly guides
• So you don’t forget your special day, we give you an Ebony Forest keyring
• Enjoy a selection of local drinks and Mauritian snacks at the romantic Sublime Point
• Guided tour on our 300 m raised walkway through an ancient ebony forest

 

Every love tree tells a story, what will yours be? Are you looking for a romantic activity that will have a lasting impact? Whether you are on your honeymoon or just want to remind your partner, friend, mother or father, just how special they are, come and plant a love tree at Ebony Forest. You will be helping save endangered species and offset your carbon footprint all in the name of love.

 

Your visit will start with a special welcome at our Visitor Centre, just for you! You will be met by your guide who will accompany you in the safari jeep (10 mins) to the Flycatcher Forest. Alternatively, you can walk (15-20 mins, 1.3 km). En route to see the majestic ebony forest you will pass through our restoration sites, where we are continually weeding the non-native vegetation and planting native species to create a refuge for the island’s threatened biodiversity.

 

Our experienced and passionate local guides will then take you on a 30 minute tour along our unique raised walkways through one of the best-preserved Mauritian ebony forests. Experience the feeling of floating among the trees and seeing wildlife from a different perspective than you would get if you were at ground level. Feel the density of ebony wood and understand why it is one of the most valuable woods in the world. See Fruit Bats hanging in the trees or eating fruits, endemic Phelsuma geckos sunbathing, pic pic birds fluttering among the canopy looking for insects and one of the rarest trees in the world, the bois corail or Coral Tree, named for its magnificent coral-shaped flowers. Breathe in the sweet scents of the fresh and cool forest air and learn about why palms, once common in Mauritian forests, are now missing from most remnant native forests.

Your guide will then accompany you to Sublime Point. You can either hop on a jeep (10 mins) or walk along the Ridgeline Trail. This gentle and tranquil trail through native forest offers breath-taking views of Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Ile aux Benitiers. Spot Mauritius Paradise Flycatchers as you pass through their territory and these inquisitive birds join you on your walk. If you only have time for one walk, we recommend the Ridgeline Trail. It is only 1.1 km and takes about 30 minutes from the Flycatcher Forest to Sublime Point.

 

Sublime Point. As the name suggests, it is just sublime. One of the best views in Mauritius, if not THE BEST. Stunning views await you at Sublime Point of Le Morne, Ile aux Benitier, Tourelle du Tamarin, Montagne du Rempart, Corps de Garde, Trois Mammelles, Le Pouce, Pieter Both, Piton Canot and the island’s highest peak, Piton de la Riviere Noire. With a unique vantage point, watch the endemic Mauritian Fruit Bat flying below, White-tailed Tropic Birds delight you with their aerial acrobatics, Mascarene swiftlets, and Mauritius Kestrel.

 

As you admire the spectacular view, you will be treated to a selection of drinks (tamarind juice, lemon grass juice, soft drink, water, wine, beer) and local snacks (gateaux piments, samosas). Now is the perfect time to write a love note about your hopes, dreams or simply feelings about each other. No need to be embarrassed as you will be burying your note under your tree. Alternatively, commemorate a loved one, friend, colleague or family member. Your guide will then take you to a nearby restoration site and tell you about your endemic love tree and why it is so important in our conservation mission. You will be invited to label your tree that you plant.

For those adventurous and energetic enough, a hike up Piton Canot will reward you with a 360 degree panorama of the west and south-west coasts, village of Chamarel and Black River National Park. This 400 m trail has an ascent of 140 m to the summit at 542 m above sea level. We recommend the last time to walk up Piton Canot is at 4 pm. Choose to return to the Visitor Centre by hiking the 2.4 km (30 – 50 mins) or taking a safari jeep (15 mins).

 

End your visit with a self-guided tour of our museum, Ebony Experience, written and illustrated by British palaeontologist and artist, and critically acclaimed co-author of Lost Land of the Dodo, Dr Julian Hume. If you are short of time, a must-see is the 6-8 minute film in English or French about the Island’s unique and fragile biodiversity, sponsored by the Mauritius Commercial Bank and produced by Mystic Mauritius. Leaving the museum, you will understand the importance of our conservation work and how your visit has made a difference.

 

Visit the Restaurant for a refreshing drink, coffee, local dish, salad or pizza cooked in our wood-fired oven using wood removed during weeding. Grab a souvenir in our Shop. Your visit and purchases in our Shop and Restaurant contribute to helping save endangered species from extinction and offset carbon.

 

So you don’t forget your wonderful experience, we give you a small souvenir to take home with you. Thank you once again for sharing your love with us and for helping to save our biodiversity. If the trees, birds, bats, insects and reptiles could talk, they would say cheers.

Overview

Highlights:
• Plant and label your own endemic love tree and contribute to saving endangered species and offsetting carbon
• Express your feelings for each other with a written note
• Semi-guided tour with our friendly guides
• So you don’t forget your special day, we give you an Ebony Forest keyring
• Enjoy a selection of local drinks and Mauritian snacks at the romantic Sublime Point
• Guided tour on our 300 m raised walkway through an ancient ebony forest

 

Includes:
• Access to self-guided hiking trails
• Film in English (6 mins) or French (8 mins) about the island’s wildlife
• Option to further contribute to saving endangered species and carbon offsetting
• Raised walkway to the spectacular Sublime Point
• Flexibility with the option to hike or hop on an open-air safari jeep, if available
• Museum about the island’s natural history

 

Suitable for:
couples, honeymooners, friends and families wishing to celebrate their feelings, remember someone or as a birthday gift for a nature lover. As Ebony Forest is located on a mountain slope, access by push- or wheel-chair to the raised walkway and hiking trails is limited. The Shop, Restaurant, museum, ecology centre and toilets are accessible to wheel- and push- chair users. If you need assistance, please contact us for advice.

 

Group size:
minimum 2 adults.

 

Difficulty level:
The Flycatcher raised walkway is more than 4m in height so if you suffer from vertigo, please inform our staff in advance. There are 113 steps up and 142 down on the walkway, but you will hardly notice these on your guided tour. The hikes are graded easy, based on international standards.

 

Duration:
1.5 – 4 hours, depending on if you hike or take our safari jeep. You can stay the whole day as there is plenty to see and do. We recommend you visit before 3pm to full appreciate your visit as we close at 17:00 (1st April – 31st October) and 17:30 (1st November – 31st March). See safari jeeps regarding last time to visit.

 

Distance:
0.7 – 6 km, depending on if you hike or take our safari jeep. The 0.7 km refers to the distance along the Flycatcher Forest raised walkway, Sublime Point walkway and walk to the plant restoration site to plant your tree.

Safari jeep:
we have two jeeps, each with a maximum capacity of 10 persons. A jeep departs the Visitor Centre every 30 mins on the 0:00 and 0:30, every 0:15 and 0:45 from the Flycatcher Forest and every 0:30 and 0:00 from Sublime Point. This enables you to hop on and off the jeeps should you wish to walk between the Visitor Centre – Flycatcher Forest – Sublime Point. The first jeep leaves the Visitor Centre at 9:30 and the last jeep that will stop at both the Flycatcher Forest and Sublime Point leaves at 15:30 (1st April – 31st October) and 16:00 (1st November – 31st March). Thereafter, at 16:00 (1st April – 31st October) and 16:30 (1st November – 31st March), the jeeps depart directly for Sublime Point.

 

Flycatcher guided tour times:
the first tour starts at 9:45 and the last one at 15:45 (1st April – 31st October) and 16:15 (1st November – 31st March). Tours are 30 minutes and provided by an experienced local guide.

 

Booking:
we request that you book. If you decide at the last minute that this is the Tour for you, then we will try to accommodate you if you have not booked.

 

What to bring:
we recommend trainers or hiking shoes if you wish to hike. You will be planting a tree in the forest so flat shoes are advised. As is mosquito repellent, and of course your camera, to capture those memories.

 

Parking:
available. If you come by bicycle, let us know and we can find somewhere safe to store it

 

Food and drink:
as part of the Love Tree Tour, you will be offered one drink (lemon grass juice, tamarind juice, soft drink, wine or beer) and a selection of vegetarian snacks (gateaux piments and vegetable samosas). Picnics are not allowed as we wish to limit the amount of potential rubbish. We have a Restaurant at the Visitor Centre and you can purchase additional snacks at Sublime Point if the complimentary snacks and beverages are insufficient or just too yummy. We also sell ice cream, drinks and snacks in our Shop. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we do not sell drinks in plastic bottles, but you can fill up your water bottle for free from our water fountain in our Shop.

 

Buying your ticket:
purchase your ticket either online to benefit from 10 % discount or when you visit.

 

Rates:
Adult Rs750
Child Rs350

Our rates are the same whether you choose to hike or take the safari jeep. Profit generated from ecotourism activities are reinvested into the conservation of the flora and fauna, which has been on-going since 2006.

Small acts

of Kindness can
go a long way

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