The Delgrès rebellion
Mango trees can grow to a height of 20 to 30 metres. They have tough, shiny and evergreen leaves. The sweet fruit, mangoes, are oval in shape with a waxy, smooth skin.
The flowers attract bees. They are ivory in colour and grow in groups of 4 or 5. Each of them looks like a pompon. The round fruit is covered with a fine, smooth and light yellow skin. The yellow pulp is crunchy. It has a sweet taste, reminiscent of roses.
The tree is used for shade in coffee and cacao plantations.
Le Saut Mortel
The wood is used in cabinet-making to make the lower part of furniture.
The Resolute tree
The tree produces very hard, orangey-yellow wood. It was used in construction and to make flooring in huts.
Please note! Swimming is not recommended below the waterfall due to whirlpools, but you can swim in the river downstream.
Follow the track leading down gently through the banana plantation. It turns into a footpath, passing between the fruit trees, especially mango trees.
The path becomes steeper, winding its way through the rain forest and arriving at the Saint-Louis river. Stay on the same side of the riverbank and then go up the river to the pool and waterfall. Be careful, if the water is too high for you to walk along the riverbank, retrace your steps.
Enjoy the view and atmosphere of the Saut d'eau du Matouba. But please note, swimming too close to the waterfall is dangerous. You could be dragged down by the whirlpool.
To go back to the car park, turn around and go back the same way.
Swimming is not recommended below the waterfall due to whirlpools, but you can swim in the river downstream.
In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, since Guadeloupe is subject to natural risks. It is vital to act in a responsible way, so that everyone can enjoy the hike!
Please note: unsupervised car parks and swimming.
Next to the karbay, at the start of the trail.
Maison Darracq, 149 avenue du Maréchal Foch, 97120 Saint-Claude
0590 60 90 23
Headquarters of the National Park of Guadeloupe
Montéran, 97120 Saint-Claude
0590 41 55 55
The reception and shop are open to the public :
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday : 8 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.
- Wednesday : from 8 am to 1 pm.
- Friday : 8 am to 12.30 pm.
Services : reception, shop, toilets, free parking. Building accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Localisation GPS : Lat: 16,01634 N - Lng: 61,70753 W.
Access and parking
In the town of Saint-Claude, go past the post office and then turn left onto Avenue du Maréchal Foch. You then pass the multimedia library, the Pavillon du Tourisme and the Saint-Claude Town Hall.
At the stop sign next to the Saint-Augustin Catholic church, turn right onto the N3 road, going up towards Matouba.
After two bridges, turn left at the crossroads with the Delgrès memorial at "Morne Savon", towards the "Saut d'eau". At the Y-shaped intersection, go towards the right, and at the following crossroads turn left. You will go past the farm residence, "La Joséphine". Park at the start of the trail with the information panels and a karbay.
12.2019: the start of the trail is very grassy. The final descent is a bit chaotic with a damaged tree trunk. It should be cut in my opinion before it falls on someone.
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