The hamlet of Grand Bassin
Following a now classic hiking trail in Reunion (4 km descent for a vertical drop of 750m), discover the village of Grand Bassin, at the bottom of the deep valley of the Bras de la Plaine.
This little corner of paradise, far from the torments of modern life thanks to its inaccessibility, offers a journey back to the old days with its small stone walls, along the tracks passing through the village, and the arbors with grape evoke the time when the hamlet was still populated by 200 inhabitants who used to make a living mainly through gardening and the cultivation of coffee.
Some families still live in the hamlet, like the Rivière family who awaits you at The Gite Le Bras Sec, named after the nearby river which transforms into the Bras de la Plaine.
The Gite Le Bras Sec
In this preserved environment, 200 yards before the bridge announcing the village, the Gite Le Bras Sec offers 3 double rooms and a dormitory with 9 places in bunk beds, 2 showers, 2 toilets and one sink.
At the heart of this unspoiled nature, you’ll enjoy the birds singing in the morning, the sounds of the nearby river, the freshness of the source by the house where you can take a dip, and the natural pools accessible in 10 minutes, so don’t forget your swimsuit!
You will not remain indifferent either to Frank and Bernadette and their son Hugo’s warm and genuine welcome, nor their typical Creole cuisine.
The family is native of this place, and Bernadette loves telling local stories and tales.
Maybe you’ll have a chance to hear the legend of the Timise ...
The table d’hote
• House punch or fruit juice
• Green salad and chayote gratin
• Rooster curry / sausage rougail + baba figue curry (side dish)
• Sweet potato cake (or ti'son (corn), cassava, banana fritters)
• 1 bottle of wine / 4 people
• Optional bottle of wine
How to get there?
You must first drive up to the trailhead in Bois Court, in La Plaine des Cafres:
* Take the RN3 to the Plaine des Cafres
* At km 23, follow the direction of Bois Court (D70)
* After 4.5 km turn left onto Thomas Payet road
* You will see the trailhead on your right
You can leave your car in the secure car park of the Rivière family in Bois Court, then walk to the trailhead.