Grande Montagne Nature Reserve
Since 1996, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has been active in the restoration of Grande Montagne Nature Reserve with endemic seedlings produced in its nursery (located at Solitude). Grande Montagne is considered high altitude (300-350m) and is relatively wet with deep fertile soil. The restoration work has progressed well due to the high success rate of the seedlings planted.
Several rare plants such as Ramosmania rodriguesii, Hibiscus liliiflorus, and Eugenia rodriguesensis are being successfully conserved in this reserve.
Local groups such as Scouts, Rotaract, Youth clubs, and School Students are involved in this restoration work and participate in the weeding of invasive species along with the planting of endemic seedlings. Since June 2008, the MWF has restored a further 9 hectares within the reserve by removing invasive species and planting over 73,000 native and endemic plants.
Furthermore, this work has helped with poverty alleviation through the recruitment of labourers from nearby villages.
The Grande Montagne Nature Reserve is under the responsibility of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly Forestry Department. The Mauritian Wildlife works closely with the Forestry Department.
Grande Montagne Nature Reserve is open to the public from Monday to Saturday and provides an excellent opportunity to observe the results of the conservation work carried out and visit a mature endemic Rodriguan forest.
There are guided tours at 9.30am & 13.15pm where no booking is required. Meeting place: Grande Montagne visitors centre on the main road from Mont Lubin to Pointe Cotton. For booking a guided tour at other times of the day: tel (230) 831 4558 or (230) 5773 6625 or email
A guided tour can be organised to adapt to the requirements of photographers.
The visit begins at the Interpretation Centre, which is located at the entrance to the reserve. For more information on the tour please download the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve's flyer and field guide.