November 27, 2014

Mare Aux Joncs - Black River Gorges - Part 2

...continue from part 1
(Photos heavy)

The easiest access to Mare aux Joncs is from Black River Royal Road.

Junction to the Black River Gorges from Black River (Tamarind) junction.

If you are in for a good walk; walk the 5 km / 3.1 miles to the Visitor's Center in the park.

We have done this road several times, but most of the time the opposite direction; from the Visitor's Center to the Royal Road junction. It looks different...

Black River Peak - the highest mountain in Mauritius - 828 meters / 2717 feet above sea level.

The Black River

Entrance to the Visitor's Center

Park information

A nice picnic area. 
We had a short rest here before we continued to the waterfall. 

One of the many river crossings in the park.

The first junction; to Mare aux Joncs and the Pilgrim trail.
There's another junction further up that is marked 'Pilgrim Trail' to the right. Take the left fork, which continues to the waterfall.

The first 3+ km is easy walking...

Several river crossings...

The last part of the trail - after the first river crossing - is rather rocky and keep your eyes open to see where it goes! 

... deep in the Gorges...

Finally! We have reached Mare aux Joncs!
The strenuous walk is all worth it for the beauty of the waterfall!  

Yep! A 'wall'! 

After a long and strenuous hike, it is possible to cool down under the refreshing river water.  

On the return to the Visitor Center

The last piece is a bit wet and rocky as well. 

The picnic area at the visitor center

A wonderful hike that allows for a repeat! 

For more trekking and hiking info, click here.

October 24, 2014

Macchabee Trail - Mare aux Joncs - Black River Gorges National Park - Part 1

This year we have done two different hikes to Mare aux Joncs waterfall in Black River Gorges National Park.

For me, the best way to celebrate my birthday is a hike together with friends. We decided on the Petrin to Mare Longue hike, but approximately halfway we saw the sign 'Macchabee Forest Trail'. We let our friends decide since Mr.X was carrying an 8 kilos baby on the back! Mr. X likes challenges and off we went on the new trail - at least new to us. 

What we didn't know is how steep it actually is! Fortunate it was dry, it had been more difficult to do the trail if it had been wet and slippery.

Not very steep here, but this is just the beginning. 

Yep! We came from up there! 

Mare aux Joncs waterfall - from the top.
We had lunch here at the river / waterfall. It was perfect; dear friends, the food tastes better out in the nature, the sound from the forest, the river and waterfall, birds, smell of nature, pristine, solitude, balsam for the soul.... 

The climbing from the river to the Macchabee trail.
Yes, it is that steep! 

Yes, very important! 

We are back on the main trail; the Macchabee Trail back to Petrin.

Back to civilization! :) 

To continue Part 2.

May 25, 2014

Hiking from Ganga Talao - Black River Gorges to Riviere Noir - Part 2

...continues from Part 1

Now the 'fun' starts; the descending down to the Black river...

Yep! We are going to 'disappear' into that black hole!

It doesn't look very steep here, but it is... Well, this is not the worst part though.. 
For safety reason I put my camera in my rucksack....  Fortunate the track was dry and fairly 'easy' to walk. Lots of small (not safe) branches have been removed and it was easier to hold on to thicker branches. At one place I almost panicked because there was just a loose tree trunk to hold, but I did manage! A bit shaky afterwards, but well worth it - haha! I felt like a monkey! :)
If you want to see how this track was a few years ago, don't miss this blog post, especially part 2!  

Finally out of the 'danger zone', a bit further down. Wonder how many meters down the tree tops are? 

Gorgeous view!

Closer to the Black River.... 

Finally reached the flat part; crossing Black River. Wonderful to dip the toes in the cool river water! 

The Black River...

Continuing to the visitor center...

Not sure what tree this is... interesting roots.

Another 'shoes off' river to cross.

We've done the Macchabee - Petrin trail.

Lovely lush nature on the road out of the Gorges

Another 5 km / 3.1 miles and we have reached the civilization!  :)

A wonderful hike in gorgeous weather!