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Address: Reunion Island
Phone Number: 0692328095
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This untamed little village, though populated, is so removed from...

This untamed little village, though populated, is so removed from civilization it has no roads suitable for cars.

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Hike in a majestic setting

Perfect place to hike - challenging terrain with breathtaking scenery as the reward. Best to stay overnight at a "gite" to properly experience the place. The hiking is tough... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Tamarin
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Tamarin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect place to hike - challenging terrain with breathtaking scenery as the reward. Best to stay overnight at a "gite" to properly experience the place. The hiking is tough (steep) but well maintained paths, through diverse terrain and foliage. (Hiked along Scout Trail and stayed at Ilet a Bourses for 1 night)

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

The trip up to Mafate is well worth the drive up which takes about 30 minutes from the coast road. Most important is to go early as the cloud covers it by 11-12am. Best to be there by 10-1030am. You climb from the coast to reach about 7500 feet on the rim of the cirque. You then look over the... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

A piece of nature you don't find somewhere else!! All the walking is so relaxing, a bit tuff sometimes, but so rewarded when you end your day at the Gites!! Just do it!!

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2016

Starting at sea level, the access to the Cirque de Mafate is a long and very winding climb. ...even on a coach. They really should use smaller ones, but our driver was astonishingly good. Views throughout are splendid...probably best to sit on the right side of the coach if you can. Even more amazingly, en-route we saw cyclists with bulging... More 

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Bredasdorp, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2016

We did not go down into Cirque de Mafate, but we drove all around it and to all the lookout points. What an incredible place!!

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Tamarin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

I walked across the whole island, a little bit more than 175kms and I obviously spent a few days in Mafate. It is incredible! The mountains peaking up in the sky, the small villages of the cirque, the single tracks leading in and out of places. You will have the hike of your life. Definitely worth a trip.

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Angola
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2016

This is one amazing view of this very beautiful Island. The beauty of this island definitely is in the inland unlike many islands being popular for their coastlines. Something worth seeing, pack a warm top as it is much colder up there than when coming from the lower part of the island

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2015

We did the two days trek to Marla with the overnight sleep in the village. It was definitely one of my most beautiful trek in my life. Fully recommending.

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

There are over 100 micro-climates on Reunion. So the vegetation, and geolgocial formations are also very varied. The road from Saint Gilles to Maido, the way to Mafate is full of beautiful flowers, small charming villages, a Tamarin forest with totally different vegetation, volcanic rock formations and just plain hold- your- breath beautiful vistas! Like all the "cirque" of the... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2015

Absolutely fabulous multi day hike with plenty of route options. Good indoor accommodation along the way mostly with dinner and breakfast options so no need to carry stove / evening meals etc. Rain forest, cloud forest, enchanted forest, gigantic spiders, bird life, flowers, well marked trails (take a map though). Reasonable bus network at various points so you can hike... More 

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