Nestling in the beautiful turquoise Indian Ocean, the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago have a fascinating and unique landscape that includes flat coralline and mountainous granitic islands.
There are around 40 mountainous islands, sometimes referred to as the Mahé group. With a characteristically rocky terrain, they provide stunning views of the ocean from the highest points. The scenic mountain ranges offer an amazing and dramatic overview of the scenic landscape below, providing a unique experience for visitors, who have the opportunity to climb towards the summit to enjoy the ultimate perspective of the islands.
Standing a majestic 2,969 feet (905 metres) high, the most elevated mountain in Seychelles is Morne Seychellois, on the island of Mahé. It is surrounded by the natural beauty of Morne Seychelles National Park and thanks to a network of stunning trails, hikers can enjoy almost every part of the mountain by wandering at their leisure to various heights.
It takes around five hours to complete a moderate trail, but beginners should take note that there's some thick undergrowth en route. The mountain's cascading rivers contrast with an abundance of natural, colourful vegetation and there is the chance to see the endemic (harmless) wolf snake and small croaking frogs that live among the rich forest foliage.
Seychelles' second-highest mountain is Mont Dauban, located on Silhouette Island. The lofty peak rises to a height of 2,427ft (740 metres) and when it's enveloped in low-lying clouds, this creates an almost mystical effect. The mountain is cloaked in a virgin rain forest, where the rare pitcher-plant, hardwoods, orchids and incense trees grow. Due to the dense forest and difficult terrain, climbing the mountain is something that should only be attempted with the aid of a guide, unless you're an experienced climber.
Located close to the hills near the capital city of Victoria, Seychelles' third-highest peak is Morne Blanc on Mahé. Peaking at 2,188 feet high (667 metres), it provides breathtaking panoramic views for those who are able to make it to the top. Visitors can stop and marvel at the wonderful flora and fauna as they meander the diverse terrain.
Creating a beautiful arch where the trail begins at the Sans Soucis road, some of the trees are more than 100 years old. It is classed as a moderately difficult hike, even passing through an old tea plantation before climbing upwards into the forest where moss, lichens, ferns and jackfruit trees grow in abundance.
The fourth-highest mountain in Seychelles is Mount Simpson on Mahé's northern side. With a stunning backdrop of unparalleled sea views that must be seen to be believed, it boasts a height of 1,854 feet (565 metres) and is located in the scenic Bel Ombre district. There is a zone on the mountain for nature-lovers, known as the Forest Lodge apartments, where trekkers and hikers can rest for a while and look in more detail at the dramatic views from the mountainside. At Mount Simpson's highest point, visitors can see Silhouette Island in the distance.
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