Grand Bassin

Walking/pedestrian at Le Tampon
  • Situated slightly upstream of Bras de la Plaine, Grand Bassin is an isolated islet in a mini-cirque surrounded by imposing ramparts. Sometimes nicknamed Little Mafate, this great hiking classic of Reunion Island, a jewel of highland heritage, allows visitors to plunge back into the past and take a journey through time and yet timeless. This unusual islet is only accessible on foot, via a path almost 4.5 km long with a height difference of 650 metres descending to the village of Grand Bassin. In summer, it’s very nice to continue the hike to the pool and the Voile de la Mariée waterfall which you can admire at the numerous viewpoints marking the descent towards the islet. Cooling off in the pool at the foot of the waterfall is a reward highly appreciated by hikers before the difficult ascent to Bois Court. In the Grand Bassin valley you’ll find numerous endemic bird species: Papangue, pink bill, tec-tec, paradise flycatcher, and Mascarene petrel, classified in the category of species on the way to extinction. Grand Bassin is its only nesting site. It has provided the subject for a local legend, the legend of Timise: attracted by the light, it was once mistaken for a vagabond spirit who would brush sniggering past night walkers equipped with an oil lamp. It was also believed to carry off children at nightfall. One of the cries attributed to it is indeed often confused with the groans of children. If you’re not frightened by the legend of the Timise, and you want to enjoy a long swim at the waterfall and soak up the "timeless" atmosphere of Grand Bassin, we recommend you spend the night in one of the gîtes nestled in the heart of the islet.
  • Difference in height
    1107.11 m
  • Route interest
    Panoramic view from Bois Court Various views during the descent to the islet of Grand Bassin and the Voile de la Mariée waterfall Drystone walls, fruit trees and islet trellises Bathing in the waterfall pool The "timeless" isolation and atmosphere of the islet
  • Equipment
    Gourd, raincoat, Hiking shoes, Warm clothing, Energy food, Sunscreen, Hat, Paracetamol, Camera, Sleeping bag.
  • Did you know ?
    The village of Grand Bassin, today resolutely focused on welcoming tourists, was formerly known for its fruit and vegetables. The climate allows produce to be harvested throughout the year. Men transported goods to Plaine des Cafres on their backs before the introduction of a lift in 1985. The arrival point of the lift, in Bois Court, offers a magnificent view overlooking the islet and valley of Grand Bassin. The numerous and diverse fruit trees and trellises that contribute to the beauty of the islet can be clearly seen.
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  • une de mes préféres

    attention il faut être bien préparé car assez " Hard" un conseil effectuer la descente dans le courant de la soirée un bon rougaille saucisses et quelques rhumes arrangés (avec modération) a la première" auberge gite a gauche" après la passerelle et la remontée le lendemain matin comme cela il restera un excellent souvenir sinon faire la descente et remontée le même jour lors de la remontée " qu 'est ce que je fous là" .....


  • Avis

    Très difficile pour les non sportifs. Les randonneurs devraient mieux respecter les abords des sentiers et pensaient aux agents qui font l'entretien en ayant la debroussailleuse sur l'épaule dans le sens montant.


  • Magnifique parcours

    Mais très difficile, bien se préparer en amont.


  • Super final

    Être sportifs.


  • Randonnée incontournable

    La randonnée à été plutôt difficile car le sentier était glissant à certains endroits et la traversée de la rivière pour se rendre à la cascade est très périlleuse voire dangereuse pour les enfants. Mais la cascade est vraiment magnifique et le village très authentique. Tout au long du sentier, on a pu dégusté bibasses et goyavier pays. Lé té bon!!