Reunion Island tour guides: meet Antoine Lozza

  • 17 June 2014 | By Roy Barford

Antoine points out the sights of Cilaos

I’m very adventurous and I enjoyed the initial challenge of finding my way around Reunion Island without really knowing the lay of the land, and without being able to speak French. My fellow South African traveller and non-French-speaker, Natalie Roos, felt the same way.

However, after spending two days with Antoine Lozza, a local tour guide, we learned infinitely more about the island and our tight travel itinerary was a lot more enjoyable.

The two biggest challenges for me as a South African traveller in Reunion were driving on the right-hand side of the road for extended periods, and communicating with the French-speaking locals and visitors. Having Antoine as a guide obviously meant these were no longer challenges.

Antoine drove Natalie and I around the southern half of the island and took us to popular sites such as Piton de la Fournaise (Reunion’s active volcano) and Cilaos (a village that one has to ascend no less than 420 bends by road to reach!), as well as hidden gems such as the green beach and Les Litchis restaurant off the beaten track near Saint-Benoit.

Travelling with Antoine was more like being hosted by a family friend that I hadn’t met, than having a guide. He really went the extra mile to show us a great time, make sure he could answer any question we had, and translate whenever needed.

Antoine is 36 and lives near La Tampon with his partner of 19 years, and their two children. He grew up in the south of France, but moved to Reunion eight years ago. He used to be a teacher, but his love of the outdoors drew him to the tourism industry. His favourite activities in Reunion include hiking and mountain biking.

He’s an avid rugby fan with a great sense of humour. In addition to English and French, Antoine speaks fairly good Creole, and is thus able to communicate with everyone on the island.

His vast knowledge of Reunion’s history, geography, culture and adventure activities make him the ultimate travel companion – and tour guide, of course.

Watch the video below to see why Antoine thinks you should visit Reunion Island.

To get in touch with Antoine about his tours, send him an email on Antoine.lozza@hotmail.fr or phone 0692670383.

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