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.

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