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Mafate - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Mafate, Réunion

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About Mafate

The Cirque de Mafate is a caldera on Réunion Island. The cirque is entirely enclosed by mountains, especially tall cliffs, save for the sole river exiting, the Rivière des Galets. The name "Mafate" comes from the Malagasy word "Mahafaty", which means lethal, an allusion to the difficulty of accessing the Cirque.

Attractions Near Mafate

Maïdo4.61km from Mafate

Maïdo Located in the highlands above Saint Paul. Piton Maïdo is known for the outstanding views it offers over the cirque of Mafate and the west coast of Reunion.

Gros Morne
Gros Morne5.85km from Mafate

The Gros Morne is a volcanic peak on the island of Réunion, located to the north of the town of Cilaos.

Trois Salazes
Trois Salazes6.54km from Mafate

The Trois Salazes are a set of three rocky peaks forming a natural curiosity of the Piton des Neiges seen from the center of Cilaos on the island of Reunion.

Grand Bénare
Grand Bénare7.38km from Mafate

At an elevation of 2898 mètres, Grand Bénare is Reunion's third highest peak. It is most often accessed by hike from the Maido in the heights of Saint Paul.

Piton d'Anchaing
Piton d'Anchaing7.61km from Mafate

The Piton d'Anchaing is a mountain summit of the island of Réunion, Overseas department French in the southwest of the Indian Ocean. Culminating at an altitude of 1,356 meters, it overlooks the center of the natural cirque of Salazie.

Piton des Neiges
Piton des Neiges7.77km from Mafate

The Piton des Neiges is the highest point on Réunion and is considered to be the highest point in the Indian Ocean. The volcano has been inactive for 20,000 years and is surrounded by three massive crater valleys, the Cirques. It is a well known hiking destination,and a perfect place to explore wonderful, unspoilt nature.

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Reunion is a French overseas island located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, 700 kilometers east of the island of Madagascar, and 200 kilometers South-West of Mauritius. The island has been inhabited since the 16th century when people from France and Madagascar settled there.