Located in the heart of the Reunion National Park, a world heritage site, one of the worlds most famous active volcanoes, Piton de la Fournaise, lit up the skies on 31 January 2017 at 19h40. The last eruption was a few months ago in September 2016.
Piton de la Fournaise or "Peak of the Furnace" is a shielded volcano on the eastern side of Reunion Island. With its natural protective enclosure, the volcano presents no danger to its inhabitants or visitors, although as a precaution, hiking trails to the volcano are closed for the time being.
As if a visit to the volcano itself is not impressive enough, the nearby Plaine de Sables and its fascinating landscape, similar to that of Mars, is sure to impress too. This terrain provides a unique opportunity to go on a “space mission” without even having to leave mother earth.
Visitors can also be treated to a unique experience at the foot of the volcano, where they can explore the lava tunnels formed by eruptions from years gone by. The lava tubes offer a fun learning experience for explorers of all ages to enjoy the unique atmosphere in the bowels of the volcano.
Reunion Island is a mere 4 hour flight away from Johannesburg on Air Austral.