A wild and generous natural environment
A marvellous path often shaded at the extreme southeast of the island. At the heart of the marine- life and nature reserve is the park of Saziley (2,800 hectares). The departure point is from M’tsamoudou adorned with its pretty houses in gay colours. The path quickly takes on the aura of an African savana with its baobabs standing proudly, raising up their im- posing silhouettes.
Le lac Karihani, ou 'dziani Karihani' en shimaoré, est l'unique lac naturel d'eau douce de Mayotte. Souvent recouvert de nénuphars e d'autres plants aquatiques, il attire toute l'année de nombreux oiseaux.
Refuge des aigrettes, des hérons et des poules d'eau, le lac s'étend sur plusieurs hectares pendant la saison des pluies (ou 'kashkazi').
Sur les rives du lac, se développent les canneliers et passiflores, plante grimpante tropicale qui donne le fruit de la passion, à la saveur acidulée.
Le Dziani (lac en shimahorais) Dzaha est un lac de cratère vert émeraude, situé au nord de Petite-Terre. Sur la route des Badamiers, chemin monte doucement vers le sentier qui encercle le lac. Prenez-le dnas le sens des aiguilles d'une montre. Vous admirerez le rocher de Dzaoudzi, ancienne capitale fortifiée, son port de plaisance, Grande-Terre et les eaux turquoise du grand récif du nord-est.
Mount Choungui dominates the south of the island. Its perfect abrupt cone 594 meters high can be seen from Petite-Terre and Sada. It is possible to ascend to its summit in the dry season. It is one of the musts of the island. The approach walk departing from the village of Choungui is easy but a part of the climb is very steep requiring you to hold on to the roots and tree trunks. At the top, the plat- form allows you to picnic in front of the astonishing pano- rama of an endless lagoon : a coral reef bordered in white with the little isles of Bamboo and Bandrelé islands, emerald colour coral reefs, the promontories of Saziley, N’gouja and Bouéni, the villages of Chirongui, Kani-kéli, Poroani, and finally the island of Petite-Terre and Sada !
This delicate yellow flower with six long petals will ac- company each one of your walks on the island. The trees with tortured forms are erected several times a year and pruned in order that they stay at picking height. The flowers of the ylang-ylang are so bewitching that they have seduced the most prestigious perfumers. Their essence is one of the composants of numerous famous perfumes.
This very beautiful geological site is situated in the south of the island : the red earth, the greenery of the surrounding vegetation, the blue of the lagoon com- pose a magnificent painting. You gain ac- cess to the lower part of the padza by road. A few steps to the bottom of the red earth are dominated by the abrupt walls of which the crests protrude into the sky. A little stairway of stones separated by a wire net allow you to climb up to the level earth in a few minutes. Up there the view of the ground is exceptional. The contrasts in colour if the weather is fine, are bracing.