Overview

Highlights:
• Plant and label your own endemic love tree while also contributing 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 gift
• Enjoy a selection of local drinks and Mauritian snacks at the romantic Sublime Point

  • Experience the forest in a 4×4 jeep
  • 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 by planting more trees
• Raised walkway to the spectacular Sublime Point
• 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, museum, 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:
2 hours.

Distance:
0.7 km. 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.

 

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. Picnics are not allowed as we wish to limit the amount of potential rubbish. 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.

 

Tour times:
Tours depart at set times: 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30

 

Booking:
is necessary

 

Buying your ticket:
purchase your ticket online to benefit from 10 % discount or contact us to book.

 

Rates:
Adult: Rs 1200

5-17 years: Rs 900

0-4 years: free of charge

Add on: Plant 4 trees: Rs 1000

 

Profit generated from ecotourism activities are reinvested into the conservation of the flora and fauna, which has been on-going since 2006. Thank you for visiting and supporting our conservation efforts.

Love Tree

Plant a tree and leave a legacy in an endemic 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, then a 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.

 

A 10 mins jeep ride will take you the Flycatcher raised walkway. En route you will pass through our restoration sites, where we are continually removing 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.

The jeep ride continues up the mountain to 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 drink (tamarind juice, lemon grass juice, soft drink, water, wine, or beer) and local snacks. 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 the tree that you plant. Choose to return to the Visitor Centre by hiking the 2.4 km (30 – 50 mins) or taking the safari jeep (15 mins).

 

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 helping to save our biodiversity. If the trees, birds, bats, insects and reptiles could talk, they would say cheers. Your visit and any purchases in our Shop contribute to helping save endangered species from extinction and offset carbon.

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…