200,000 years ago Belouve witnessed the last volcanic eruption of the Piton des Neiges, which left the 4th biggest cirque of Reunion Island filled to the brim with lava. This resulted in 2 tropical plateaus, Berbour and Belouve. Conversely the eruption did not impact the vegetation, which has always been flourishing and rural. However, the rainfall can reach record levels, creating impressive gullies and waterfalls.
There is a large plethora of hiking possibilities in the Forest of Bélouve. However, clouds form in the blink of an eye, quickly followed by rain which is why the fastest way to the Trou de Fer is always chosen. This geological dip of nearly 800 metres is supplied water from several rivers. One of which is the Bras de Cavern, which offers a view of the tallest waterfall of 300 metres, a genuine pleasure for all extreme water sports lovers.
The rest of the hike will be focused on tropical fauna and flora, with you exploring several endemic species and a variety of ferns. You will take a winding path over the course of the next 3-4 hours which will eventually finish with a small detour near Reine des Tamarins.
Lunch will be provided at a cottage of Belouve, giving you a panoramic view of the Cirque of Salazie, you will savour a delicious curry cooked on firewood, its recipe remaining a closely guarded secret.
These hikes are primarily for people who have hiking experience and are in good physical condition with no health problems that could be aggravated by such activities.
Most itineraries can be adapted to the group’s request providing they have the relevant experience. This does not impact the tariff of the activity and can be decided once onsite, but only if there are 2 Guides available per group or if the entire group would like to change the programme of the day.
Please bring with you clothes suitable for wet conditions and a change of trainers (preferably well-worn trainers)