November 1, 2015

Hiking from Ganga Talao to Black River Peak and Chamarel - Part 2

... continues from Part 1...

Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire (Black River Peak (left), the highest mountain in Mauritius - 828 meters / 2717 feet
We still have a couple of hours to walk

The trail-head to Black River Peak is just a few meters after the Gorges Viewpoint

The path is easy to follow, but unfortunately not much to view due to the tall vegetation on each side

An old boundary post from 1878, border between Savanne and Riviere Noire (Black River) districts, set up when the island was a British colony (1810-1968)

The trail is pretty much like this all the way, with some big boulders, uphills and downhills, an easy 3.5 km / 2.1 miles walk.

Less than an hour from the trail-head, we reached this magnificent view to the Southwest coast, with Le Morne Brabant (Unesco Heritage Site), Piton du Fouge and Petit Moka (?)

Piton du Fouge, Southwest

South coast, Baie du Cap village behind the mountain

... and here the steep and difficult part starts! At least there's a rope to hold.

Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire - we didn't make it to the summit! We made it to that big tree you can see on the photo. Not many meters left, huh?!  We both have no head for heights and since I started to get cramps in my legs, we decided to surrender, take a break and start on the return trip. No defeat! At our age it's better to be safe than sorry!

View towards Montagne Rempart, Trois Mamelles and Corps du Garde

View towards the South; Baie du Cap

We have finally reached Chamarel after almost 7 hours walk, very tired and starting to do silly things! :) 

Just outside Chamarel village is Rhumerie de Chamarel

Love the way they have planted the bougainvilleas, such a clever idea! 

Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire seen from Chamarel

Pineapple field 

Back to civilization! Chamarel village. 
We were not sure we'd get a bus back to base this late afternoon, but were told there's a bus at 16:00. 
It felt good to sit down for a rest, watch some villagers chatting away opposite the street and memorize the wonderful hike.

Distance from our home; 28.4 km / 17.6 miles, 7 hours walk. 

October 27, 2015

Hiking from Ganga Talao to Black River Peak and Chamarel - Part 1

Most of our hikes have started from Henrietta, Grand Riviere Noire (west) or Ganga Talao and ended at these places as well. Easy bus access to these places from where we live. Today we decided on a different hike that started out  from Ganga Talao (there are buses from Curepipe) and ended at Chamarel village, via Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire 

We caught the bus at 07:45 from La Gare Jan Palach Sud,  Curepipe  to Ganga Talao , which takes about 45 minutes. Endless stretch of 2.4 km / 1.5 miles from Ganga Talao to Petrin, the main entrance to Black River Gorges National Park 

The first junction after Petrin; Les Marres,  the roads lead to Chamouny (straight) and  Plaine Champagne and Chamarel village (right). 

On the road towards Plaine Champagne. The weather broke and we had nice weather the rest of the day.

Gorgeous bottle brush trees in full bloom along the roadside

Stunning scenery, I love this! Nature on its best! 

We have reached the beautiful alley leading  to Alexandra Falls

We have been to Alexandra Falls several times so didn't want to waste time here again. It's a beautiful place, but also another tourist hot spot...

We have reached the highest point on the road, at Plaine Champagne Police Post, 744 meters / 2441 feet above sea level. In the distance is Montagne Cocotte 771 meters / 2529 feet. 

Just after the Police Post, you will find the trail-head for the Trochetia Trail. It's an easy hike and takes you straight to the famous tourist hot spot; Gorges viewpoint

Splendid view from Trochetia Trail (just before Gorges viewpoint)

Hawkers everywhere on the island! .... at the Gorges viewpoint too! 

We had a short break here at the viewpoint, before we continued further down the road to  Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire (Black River Peak) trail-head.

To continue... Part 2

October 17, 2015

Hiking from Henrietta to Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin) via Mare Longue - Part 2

.... continues from Part 1

It stopped raining after we left Mare Longue and here we still have some km's to walk. A lot of improvement has been done in the park over the last years and one of them is the track signs. 

Muddy road after the rain

Black River Peak (828 m / 2716 feet) covered in clouds

Do you see that brown 'thing' in the middle right? That's a wild boar baby! :) There were two; this brown one and a black one just around the corner to the right. They escaped when they spotted us. 

Corps de Garde mountain (720 m / 2362 feet)  in the distance 

Part of Black River Gorges. The weather is improving.

A short stop at Petrin buying some junk food to eat. The vultures are waiting! :)  

The old lady making 'faratas' (roti)  - soft flat bread 

Reaching Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin) in sunny weather. 
The statue under construction is the Hindu Goddess Durga

Statue of Goddess Durga under construction

Statue of Lord Shiva  (32.9 meters / 108 feet)

One of the temples at Ganga Talao

There are buses from Ganga Talao to/from Curepipe