Out in the middle of the ocean, Reunion Island has exceptionally well-preserved lagoon, with something for everyone: pure relaxation on the beach, scuba-diving into the depths, or even whale watching. The Volcanic island surged forth from the ocean depths around three million years ago. The Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, has shaped the landscape and during some lava flows, even extends the island’s surface area out of the sea.
- Return flights from JNB on Air Austral in Economy class
- Airport taxes
- Meet & Greet
- 1 night AUSTRAL Hotel in standard basis BB
- 1 night Relais de Mafate, in 2 double rooms without private facilities HB
- 1 night La Fournaise in 2 standard rooms BB
- 1 night Volcano mountain hut in dormitory HB
- 2 nights Orky Mel in standard basis in BB
- 2 nights Case Nyala in standard basis BB
- 2 nights Les Creoles in standard basis BB
- Car rental from/ to the airport , 10 days , airport tax included, insurances included( Driver must have international license and credit card for the holding deposit of EUR800)
ZAR20 641 PER PERSON SHARING (Valid for travel in Low season **FEB to SEP** – subject to availability, currency and airport tax fluctuations at the time of enquiry/booking. Peak season surcharges will apply )
- Local taxes payable locally – approx EUR0.80 pp/pn
- Optional extras
- Travel Insurance
- Any items / meals not mentioned in the above
•DAY 1: AIRPORT / SAINT DENIS 10 Km – 15 min BY CAR. Arrival at Roland Garros’s airport. Meet our team and collect the car hire then you willd rive to your hotel and check in for the night. Dinner can be eaten at the hotel or nearby restaurants.
•DAY 2: ST DENIS/ SALAZIE / MAFATE 50 km – 2 h BY CAR Discovery of the Temple of the Colosse, the Vanilla plantation. Take the road of Grand Ilet and Col des Boeufs, Deposit of the car on the watched car park (payable locally). Descent by walk into the cirque of Mafate to La Nouvelle. Overnight at the cottage “Le Relais de Mafate”. TO DO: 1:30 to 2 hours of hiking downhill through the forest of tamarinds – Mid-level walker
•DAY 3 : MAFATE / SAINTE ROSE 100 km – 2h BY CAR Back to the car park of Col des Bœufs. From the road, you can admire the most beautiful waterfall on the island: The Veil of the Bride(Le Voile de la Mariée). Visit of Hell-Bourg, the “most beautiful village in France” and Villa Folio, typical Creole house. Then take the direction of Sainte Rose for 1 night: overnight in the charming guest house La Fournaise: 2 hours of hiking up from the Col des Boeufs TO SEE: The Veil of the Bride – the Creole village of Hell Bourg
•DAY 4: SAINTE ROSE / EAST WILD SOUTH / PITON DE LA FOURNAISE 140 km – 4 h BY CAR Departure for the wild South: Sainte Anne, Sainte Rose, Anse des cascades, St Philippe and rise towards the Plaine des Cafres through Tampon. Take the road of the Plaine des Sables, a magnificent lunar landscape, to reach the Pas de Bellecombe. Overnight in the “Volcano mountain hut”. TO SEE: the unique style church on the island, “Notre-Dame of Lavas” at Piton Sainte-Rose, The “Cap méchant” and its cliffs of lava, Pointe de La Table, the numerous marine, the city of St-Pierre TO DO: guided tour of the Garden of Perfumes and Spices of St-Philippe – Hike on the “Pointe de La Table”
•DAY 5 & 6: THE SOUTH COAST Drive to the South Coast for two nights in guest house in Mont Vert les Hauts at Orky Mel, to discover the Saint Pierre town centre with its shops, markets, beaches…. You would discover the village of l’Entre-Deux with its creoles and colourful houses and gardens. Suggestion: helicopter flight from Pierrefonds
•DAY 7 : SAINT PIERRE / CILAOS 90 km – 3 h BY CAR Wake up early for the view on the volcano, then the descent in the enclosure. Possibility of hiking around the craters (between 5 and 6 hours). Bring water, cap, good shoes and solar cream. Way back towards Bourg Murat and continuation towards St-Louis, and then take Cilaos road. Many photo stops recommended. Overnight at Case Nyala in Cilaos TO SEE: Volcano museum at Bourg Murat, the point of view of Grand Bassin TO DO: walking tour of the craters
•DAY 8 : CILAOS Discover home-made (embroidery) and culinary (lentils and wine) specialty. Admire from the Wonderful rock (Roche Merveilleuse) the most beautiful summits of the island. The health resort « Irénée Accot », proposes spring water which can cure rheumatisms. Overnight at Case Nyala. To DO: hike at Bras Rouge’s waterfall, canyoning initiation, Mountain bike, and cure in the hydropathic establishment To SEE: the house of the embroidery, the wine storehouse of Cilaos, the slide show of the Tourism House
•DAY 09 : CILAOS / SAINT GILLES 60 km – 2 h BY CAR On the road to the West: The Abyss (le Gouffre), offering a magnificent scene of the raging sea; the blower (le Souffleur), a natural cavity formed in volcanic rock. Arrival in the Creole village of St. Gilles. Installation for two nights at the Les Creoles Apartments . TO SEE: Stella Matutina Museum, The Botanical Conservatory of Mascarins (Conservatoire Botanique des Mascarins) TO DO: enjoy beaches of Saint-Leu – St Gilles – St Paul, scuba diving , snorkelling, dolphin tours or paragliding. Visit the markets in St Paul.
•DAY 10: SAINT GILLES at own leisure
•DAY 11: SAINT GILLES / AIRPORT 60 km – 1h BY CAR Back to St-Denis’s airport – Delivery of the vehicle at the airport. Flight home.