The Bambous Mountains loom close to the shore along the little-developed stretch of wind-battered coastline between Trou d’Eau Douce and Mahébourg, dipping towards the sea near the fortifications at Devil’s Point. Nestled against the southern slopes of the mountains, the forested Vallée de Ferney, once where some of the first hundred slaves brought by Dutch settlers escaped, is now a well-run nature park and the easiest place to get glimpses of the Mauritius kestrel. If you fancy something more active, the established eco-adventure park Domaine de l’Étoile to the north has the longest zipline in the Indian Ocean, or you can kayak along Grande Rivière Sud Est (GRSE), which wends its way east from the mountains towards the sea.

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