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! 

Hiking from Ganga Talao - Black River Gorges to Riviere Noir - Part 1

Our hiking-season has started - finally! 
The weather is just perfect these days. Last Sunday meteo predicted full sun / clear sky all over the island, which is rare. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather and went for a 19 km / 12 miles hike in the Black River Gorges National Park. 
Since we don't have a car, it takes some time to reach our starting point, but that does not prevent us from doing what we like the most! We were out on the street at 06:15 in the morning to catch the bus to Curepipe and further to Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin). 

Pristine morning at Ganga Talao

The statue of Lord Shiva - 33 m / 108 feet.

The 2.4 km / 1.5 miles straight road from Grand Bassin up to Petrin - the entrance to the Gorges - is endless! Well, it feels like that!

The rucksack was packed with lunch and tea, but one thing that is difficult to resist is the local 'junk' or 'street food'

I bought one deep-fried slice of aubergine (gato brinzel) and one chana puri (di pain frire) OMG!!!! If your BP is high, never buy the chana puri here! It was over-salted and too much baking powder! JEEZ! :( 

Finally in the Gorges! A massive clean-up have been done at each side of the track. It looks airy and nice! 
Great job guys!

Usually I don't add photos of myself, but WTH?! :) Here at the first glimpse of the gorges / viewpoint.

We did the Mare Longue Loop about one month ago and now we continued to the Maccabhee viewpoint.

Lush. Pristine. We were lucky to spot a few of the endangered Mauritius Echo Parakeets, but was not able to get a good photo... 

OMG! This is how the kiosk looks like now! Sad! 

Splendid view to Tamarin (west coast) from the kiosk.

... continues part 2