Let’s start our road trip at the Pointe du Diable (Devil’s Peak) where a fort and a battery of guns have been sitting since 1750. These fortifications were built because the Passe de Bourgogne presented a risk: it could be an entry point for enemy ships. Legend says that the small peninsula was given its name because navigators’ compasses seemed to no longer work there, as if they were possessed by the devil!
Vieux Grand Port
We continue our journey towards Vieux Grand Port, the historic site where a famous naval battle took place in 1810 between the French and the British: it was the only French naval victory of the Napoleonic wars.
Close by, the Frederik Hendrik Museum gives us a glimpse into the history of the island, while the Lion Mountain, which offers magnificent 360 ° views of coral reefs and surrounding nature, will offer a beautiful climb to hikers.
La Vallée de Ferney
Situated within a stone’s throw, La Vallée de Ferney covers 200 hectares. This reserve is home to one of the island’s last natural sanctuaries and a wide variety of native species, many of which are rare or endangered. It’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries and reconnect with nature. Furthermore, you can actively contribute to the preservation of Mauritian biodiversity by making a one-time or monthly donation to La Vallée de Ferney, or by adopting a tree.