Plant a tree

Plant a native tree during your visit and make a difference today, tomorrow and for the future

Highlights:
• Plant a tree and leave a legacy: helping to save endangered plants and animals as the trees you plant will grow into a forest, which will also contribute to offset your carbon footprint
• Capture a photo of your contribution to society and share with your friends, family and colleagues
• Guided tour of our plant nursery to select your native and endemic plants

 

Don’t just take away a memorable day or a souvenir of your time in Mauritius. Why not leave something behind which will have a lasting impact? Plant a native tree during your visit to Ebony Forest. This simple and fun activity will help save endangered plants and animals, as well as contributing to averting the Climate Crisis. Did you know that planting one tree can absorb around 100 kg of C02 per year helping to offset your carbon footprint? Less than 2% native forest remains in Mauritius so that 1 tree planted will make a significant contribution to recreating native forest, both for the species planted and for the animals that inhabit the forest.

 

Plant your native tree either at the beginning of your visit or at the end. An experienced guide will take you to our Native Plant Nursery and help you select a native or endemic species to plant. Learn about what work we do in the plant nursery and how we propagate the different species. In one of our plant restoration sites, you will dig your hole and plant your chosen plant. Your guide will explain our weeding and planting work. Cherish the moment by taking a photo with the plant you planted.

 

Next you can take 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 you have helped simply by planting a tree.

To see the majestic black ebony trees, you can either walk (15-20 mins, 1.3 km) or take an open-air safari jeep (10 mins) from the Visitor Centre to the Flycatcher Forest. On route you will pass through our forest restoration sites, where we are continually weeding the non-native vegetation and planting native species so that Ebony Forest will be a refuge for the Island’s threatened biodiversity.

 

Explore one of the best-preserved ebony forests in Mauritius on our unique raised walkways with one of our expert local guides. On this 30 minute guided tour, you will 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 hopping around 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 Mauritius forests, are now missing from most remnant native forests.

 

Next stop, Sublime Point. Either hop on a jeep or take 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 1.1 km long 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 Benitiers, Tourelle du Tamarin, Montagne du Rempart, Corps de Garde, Trois Mamelles, 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 acrobats, Mascarene swiftlets, and Mauritius Kestrel. While you relax and enjoy the view, why not purchase some local snacks and drinks, such as gateaux piments, samosas, tamarind juice, lemon grass juice at our Sublime Snack.

 

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 Gorges 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 departure time to walk up Piton Canot is at 4pm.

 

Choose to return to the Visitor Centre by hiking the 2.4 km (30 – 50 mins) or taking a safari jeep (15 mins). If you didn’t visit the museum on your way in, now is your chance. Feel free to also visit the Restaurant for a refreshing drink, coffee, salad or pizza cooked in our wood-fired oven using wood removed during weeding. Grab a souvenir in our Boutique. Your visit and purchases in our Shop, Sublime Snack and Restaurant contribute to helping save endangered species from extinction and offsetting carbon.

Plant a tree team building - Ebony Forest - Mauritius
Overview

Highlights:
• Plant a tree and leave a legacy: helping to save endangered plants and animals as the trees you plant will grow into a forest, which will also contribute to offset your carbon footprint
• Capture a photo of your contribution to society and share with your friends, family and colleagues
• Guided tour of our plant nursery to select your native and endemic plants

 

Includes:
• Guided tour on our 300 m raised walkway through an ancient ebony forest
• 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 written by bird expert Dr Julian Hume
• Film in English (6 mins) or French (8 mins) about the island’s wildlife
• Access to self-guided hiking trails

 

Suitable for:
all ages, families, groups and couples. As Ebony Forest is located on a mountain slope, access by push- or wheel-chair to the raised walkway, planting sites 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 4 persons. You can choose to do this activity with one person, but pay for the 4 persons.

 

Difficulty level:
The Flycatcher raised walkway has 113 steps up and 142 down, which you will hardly notice on your guided tour. The hikes are graded easy, based on international standards. In some places, the Flycatcher raised walkway is more than 4m in height so if you suffer from vertigo, please inform our staff in advance. You will plant your trees in a forest restoration site where the ground can be sloped and loose underfoot. We will try to select the best site based on your fitness and agility levels.

 

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 distance to walk to plant the native trees.

 

Booking:
we recommend booking, but will try to accommodate you if you have not booked.

 

What to bring:
we recommend trainers or hiking shoes, a hat, water and a raincoat. Mosquito repellent is advised, and of course your camera.

 

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

 

Food and drink:
Picnics are not allowed as we wish to limit the amount of rubbish generated. We have a Restaurant at the Visitor Centre and a snack at Sublime Point. You can also buy ice cream and some 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 Rs550
Child Rs300
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

CONTACT EBONY FOREST TO FIND OUT HOW TO DONATE, AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO OUR MAURITIAN WILDLIFE…