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Tour de Mafate

The Cirque of Mafate is unquestionably a “mythical” place for trekking. An essential part of the inhabited heart of Reunion Island National Park, it is the only one of the three cirques where there are no roads, which gives it quite a distinctive feel...

This sporting loop hike across the “Lowlands” and the “Uplands” of Mafate offers a complete discovery of the cirque. You’ll be impressed by the steep landscapes, the îlets and their flower gardens, the inhabitants’ lifestyle...

- Length: 4 days/3 nights
- Difficulty: sustained
- Backpack: contains your gear for 4 days and several picnics
- Start/end points: Col des Boeufs, Cirque of Salazie - public transport is available with a limited schedule

Rates 2023:

Organisation and guide for this trek of 4 days:

Booking for:
1 pers 2 pers 3 pers 4 pers 5 pers
850 € 475 €/pers 345 €/pers 270 €/pers 225 €/pers

Rate upon request above 5 participants.

Additional costs:
- 3 nights in lodges incl. half-board (circa 52 €/pers/night)
- the guide’s half-board package (rate according to the lodges policy)
- 4 picnics (8 to 10 €/pers/day)
- recommended: the car park at Col des Boeufs (circa 12 €/night)

Day by day:

D1 - From the Col des Boeufs, start of our hike towards the “Lowlands” of Mafate along the Scout path. Stunning points of view on the Salazie and Mafate cirques. The path goes through forests, along crests, across ravines, before heading up to the hamlet of Ilet à Bourse, then Grand-Place.
Around 5h30 walking, +400 m and -1200 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Grand-Place.

D2 - Hike towards Roche Plate in the Uplands of Mafate, via the îlet of Les Orangers. Stunning points of view on the Cirque of Mafate.
Around 6 h walking, +900 m and -600 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Roche Plate.

D3 - We continue our trek towards the îlet of Marla, via the “mythical” Trois Roches site, a geological curiosity (sill). At the end of the afternoon, we chill out and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the hamlet.
Around 5 h walking, +750 m and -250 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Marla.

D4 - Hike back to Col des Boeufs, via the largest hamlet of the cirque, La Nouvelle, and the mysterious Plaine des Tamarins, with its tormented-shaped Tamarins des Hauts (Acacia endemic to Reunion Island).
Around 6 h walking, +800 m and -450 m

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