Grand Bassin

Walking/pedestrian at Le Tampon

10.0 km
Round-trip
Walking/pedestrian
4h 40min
Medium
Grand Bassin-1.jpgLe belvédère de Bois Court
Grand Bassin-9.jpgVue depuis Le belvédère de Bois Court
Grand Bassin-7.jpgLa seconde portion de la descente
Grand Bassin-5.jpgTraversée du Bras de Sainte Suzanne
Grand Bassin-3.jpgPassage contre la paroi pour atteindre la cascade
Grand Bassin-4.jpgOu passage dans l'eau pour atteindre la cascade
Grand Bassin-8.jpg
Grand Bassin-2.jpgVigne et palmier, et tout en haut du rempart, le triangle du belvédère de Bois Court
Grand Bassin-6.jpgLa cascade du Voile de la Mariée
  • 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.
    1/ Walking to the Voile de la Mariée waterfall requires care because some sections are slippery. Access to the pool itself requires you to follow a small rocky route and walk a few metres along the river bed, which contains more or less water, depending on the season. 2/ A pumping station, which serves to feed the Tampon region, is a good point of reference for hikers. It means you’re half-way there, and a tap can be used to replenish your water. 3/ Every Sunday, a market, largely selling goods from Grand Bassin, is held under the shelters at the viewpoint.
  • 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.
  • Quality standards
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Points of interest
How to reach the start
From the west, take the dual carriageway towards Saint Pierre, then Le Tampon. Then head towards Plaine des Palmistes. Arriving at the village of Plaine des Cafres, a junction in the centre of the village lets you head for Bois Court. Head for Bois Court on the left and continue straight for 3.7 kilometres until you reach the last junction. The road on the left leads to the start of the trail. Instead, take the road straight ahead, then immediately right, then left, and stop for a moment at the viewpoint. Then retrace your route and take Chemin Thomas Payet. Park your vehicle by the road near the start of the trail.
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Steps
0 km – You have parked your car in the viewpoint car park. The trail begins near the lift, on your left when you’re facing the viewpoint.

0.1 km - under cover of vegetation, the trail descends gently along the rampart.

0.9 km - After a descent on steps and then on a dirt track, the trail continues on a slight slope and turns around the edge of the hill.

1.0 km - Pass in front of the oratory of Santa Rita on the Grand Coteau.

1.5 km - The trail resumes its steep descent.

2.0 km - You arrive at the pumping station. You can take on extra water here.

2.6 km - The descent continues along the Petit Côteau, then a slight slope.

2.8 km - The trail goes downhill again, but this time, on approaching Grand Bassin, the track is no longer in zigzags.

3.2 km - Cross the bridge to reach Grand Bassin.

3.3 km - After climbing a few rocky steps, you walk along the low walls forming an alley, then you reach a junction. You can take a small detour to the right to visit the church of Grand Bassin, or take the left path which goes towards the waterfall

3.6 km - At the end of this path, the trail continues on the right past fields.

3.8 km - You cross over the ford of big stones across Bras de Sainte Suzanne. The trail descends on your left along the river.

4.4 km - After passing above the waterfall, a short but difficult descent takes you to the edge of the riverbed. Two options are available to get to the Voile de la Mariée pool. Walk through the river, or climb the wall. If the current isn’t too strong, go for the first option, looking for the best spot to walk through the water.
1107 meters of difference in height
  • Start altitude : 1381 m
  • End altitude : 1376 m
  • Maximum altitude : 1381 m
  • Minimum altitude : 613 m
  • Total positive elevation : 1107 m
  • Total negative elevation : -1112 m
  • Max positive elevation : 195 m
  • Min positive elevation : -175 m
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9 comments
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  • Exceptionnel

    Magnifique rando paysage grandiose ... Ilet très mignon et la récompense est la baignade qui rafraîchit bien avant la remontée. Éviter la remontée vers 10-11h quand le soleil est bien chaud. Nous sommes remontés par temps couvert super.

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  • Grand bassin depuis bois court

    Très belle vue sur l’îlet et la cascade! Magnifique Ilet perdu au milieu de nulle part avec une jolie végétation ! Retour à bois court assez difficile surtout sous la chaleur!

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  • Grandiose!

    Très belle randonnée, une vue magnifique sur le cirque et sur le Bassin de la cascade. Par contre, oui, la remontée est difficile pour une personne non entraînée. Cette rando mériterait peut être d'être classée difficile. Courbatures assurées pour les non sportifs

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  • Superbe

    Rando dans une végétation luxuriante. Petites maisons en bas pittoresques. Cascade magnifique. Le retour est difficile. Cette rando devrait être classée en difficile pas en moyen. Mais la vue au belvédère vaut le coup

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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" .....

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  • 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.

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  • Magnifique parcours

    Mais très difficile, bien se préparer en amont.

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  • Super final

    Être sportifs.

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  • 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!!

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