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Ebony Forest Reserve
Ebony Forest Reserve

Ebony Forest Reserve

Chamarel MU, 90409

The Basics

There are a number of ways to explore the Ebony Forest Reserve. Hop on one of the regular safaris for a tour of the forest by open-air Jeep; take a guided, 30-minute treetop-walkway tour through Flycatcher Forest; choose among multiple hiking trails; or enjoy spectacular views along the coast from the Sublime Point vista point. To learn more about the forest’s history and wildlife, pay a visit to the Ebony Experience Museum.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entrance fees to the forest include access to the Jeep Safari and the Flycatcher Forest raised walkway; children under 5 get in free.

  • Plan at least two hours to enjoy a safari tour and visit the museum, but you could easily spend a whole day exploring the forest’s many attractions and hiking trails.

  • Wear sneakers or hiking shoes if you plan to hike; sandals are fine for the guided walkways. Pack sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a water bottle—there is a water fountain at the visitor center.

  • The reserve has a restaurant, snack bar, and gift shop; picnics are not allowed to prevent littering.

  • Due to the forest’s mountainside location, access for wheelchairs and strollers is limited.

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How to Get There

Ebony Forest Reserve is located in Chamarel in southwest Mauritius, close to the Seven Colored Earth. The easiest way to arrive is by private vehicle or taxi—parking is available on-site.

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When to Get There

The forest is open daily from morning to late afternoon. Jeep safaris and walking tours depart every 30 minutes, with the last ones leaving around 4pm. Make an early start to avoid the crowds in peak season as tour numbers are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Alternatively, for the most atmospheric views, book an evening tour and watch the sunset from the mountaintop.

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Wildlife at Ebony Forest

Over the millennia, creatures such as giant tortoises, dodos, and giant skinks all once lived in what is now the Ebony Forest Reserve. Today, the forest is home to just 24 native animal species, many of which are critically endangered. Most notable are seven species of rare and endemic birds, including the kestrel, Mauritius flycatcher, Mauritius black bulbul, pink pigeon, and echo parakeet. Join a bird-watching tour for the best chances of spotting them all.

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