Hiking on Reunion Island requires a bit of commitment, an appetite for adventure and a moderate level of fitness.
D.1 : Meet & Greet at the airport and transfer to Saint Denis, hotel JULIETTE DODU
In the afternoon, Meeting with our agent to introduce the hiking tour
Overnight at Juliette Dodu
D. 2 : After Breakfast, transfer to Salazie and Le Bélier on the hedge between Salazie and Mafate.
From this point, you will start your trek through Mafate valley, the wildest valley of the island .
« Col de Fourche » , 1942 meters up, will be your gate away to reach Mafate , 2 hours after starting point .
Then the footpath will go on to the forest of Tamarins, a peaceful natural surrounding to have a pic nic lunch
After approx. 2 hours though the forest, you will reach the main village of « La Nouvelle » for overnight
Dinner and Overnight at the mountain house
Difference in level : + 350 meters , – 500 meters ; highest point : 1942 meters
D.3 After breakfast, you will go on your trek in Mafate, getting down the hill to reach « Plaine aux Sables » in an old crater , then the river and the wonderful place of ‘ Trois Roches’ , one of the nicest spots of the valley. Peaceful and impressive landscape with river, large round rocks and small forest will invite you to make a full stop to enjoy the place.
Later , you will have to leave it , to reach next village , MARLA , on a high plain :the last part of the trek , up in the mineral canyon might not be easy, so take your time as it will take at least 2 hours
Set up, dinner and overnight in typical Mountain House of MARLA
Difference in level : + 430 meters , – 230 meters ; highest point : 1640 meters
Trek : 6 hours
D.4 : After Breakfast, you will have to buy a picnic at the local shop, before starting the walk through the forest to reach ‘ Col du Taïbit’ , 2200 m of altitude on the crest between Mafate and Cilaos circus , one hour later.
Then you start descending on Cilaos side of the hill
Deserted village of ‘Les Salazes’ will be a peaceful place to have a Picnic
Then you will reach the main road coming from Cilaos
Two hours later, you will get to the town and set up at hotel LE VIEUX CEP (2*) for dinner and overnight
Difference in level : + 630 meters , – 800 meters ; highest point : 2080 meters
Trek : 6 to 7 hours
D.5 : Morning will be at leisure to enjoy some rest at the small typical town of Cilaos
Before noon you will have to leave Cilaos to start walking in the forest towards « Coteau Kerveguen’ , down Piton des Neiges .
After a three hours climb , you will reach the top of the hill, to set up for the night at
the mountain house , altitude 2500 m.
Difference in level : + 1400 meters , – 0 meters ; highest point : 2590 meters
Trek : 5 to 6 hours , appr 10 kms
D.6 : Early next morning, you will start walking in the darkness to reach the Piton des Neiges, after climbing during one hour and a half .
Then you will enjoy the sunrise from the summit , altitude 3069 m , « Top of the Indian Ocean »
By 10 in the morning, you will be back at the mountain house for a break, before starting walking to reach Belouve , along « Cap Anglais » hedge..
Transfer by car to the volcano
Dinner and overnight at the Volcano Mountain house
Difference in level : + 590 meters , – 1590 meters ; highest point : 3070 meters
Trek : 8 hours , appr 14 kms
D.7: Early morning , trekking to the summit of the volcano , around craters and Picnic amongst the lava flews ( Picnic not included and to collect from the volcano mountain house ). Subject to opening of footpaths and activity of the volcano
In the afternoon, transfer to St-Gilles
Overnight at Le Nautile
Difference in level : + 500 meters , – or 500 meters ; highest point : 2 630 meters
Trek : 5 to 6 hours , appr 10 kms
D. 8 and D.9 at leisure
Overnight at le Nautile
D.10 At leisure
According flight schedules, transfer to the airport
- Return flights in economy class from JHB on Air Austral
- Airport Taxes
- Meet & Greet
- 1 night BB at 3* hotel JULIETTE DODU in Saint Denis
- 4 nights in Mountain Chalets, including Breakfast and Dinner ( dormitory )
- 1 night HB at 3* hotel, in Cilaos
- 3 nights BB at LE NAUTILE , superior room pool view
- Transfers : Airport / Saint Denis
St-Denis / Le Bélier ,
Bélouve / Volcano
Volcano / St-Gilles or St-Denis
- Luggage Transfer : Saint Denis / Cilaos
Cilaos / Volcano
- Topographical map and itinerary
- Assistance during whole stay
ZAR23 778 per person sharing & ZAR27 575 for a single – However there must be a minimum of 2 to do this itinerary – we do not allow hikers to hike on their own. The single rate is for the hotel portions.
(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 )
- Any items of a personal Nature
- Guide which is approx EUR250 per day to hire
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not mentioned / included
- Nightly Tourist tax which is payable directly at each hotel – approx EUR0.80 pp/pn
- Optional Excursions
- Tips, Drinks, Taxi fares etc.
NB: Mountain Houses of Piton des Neiges and Volcano might run out of water. Be sure to carry enough water with you also be sure to have enough snacks etc for Lunches en route.