Machabee Viewpoint, Black River National Park, Mauritius
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The tour leads via the Colophane Trail to Machabee Viewpoint. On the way, we have an impressive view over the Black River National Park, the "Black River Peak", with 835m the highest mountain of Mauritius, and towards the north to the mountain range near Port Louis with the two mountains "Le Pouce" (820m) and "Pieter Both" (820m).
At Machabee Viewpoint we look through a gorge to the small village of Tamarin, the associated Tamarin Mountain (560m) and directly behind it the open sea.
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Safety informationAfter a lookout point with a pavilion, the trail leads downhill for a steep stretch. Here the path can be very slippery.
Tips and hintsDirectly at the car park, a road leads to the Grand Bassin, one of the holiest places of the Hindus. If you do the tour, you should make a detour there. The place is very interesting
The tour starts at the Ranger Station at the junction "Vacoas La Marie Road" / "Grand Bassin". After about 500m we come to the first turn-off, where we keep straight on. After another kilometre we reach the first viewpoint. Here we can see the Black River National Park and Black River Peak. 200 metres after the viewpoint we turn left onto the Colophane Trail (blue dot). At a junction after 600m we follow the trail straight on, likewise at a fork after 400 metres. 700 metres later we come to a viewpoint where there is a small pavilion. An ideal place for a break. Our path now continues a little hidden on the left side through a forest. Here the descent is a little steeper and some places can be very slippery. However, there are some branches on the sides to hold on to. After 300 metres, the track flattens out again and leads out of the forest. We follow it to the right and after 200 metres we arrive at Machabee Viewpoint.
Now we can decide whether to walk back along the steep trail or to bypass it. At the junction where we just walked towards the viewpoint, we now turn right and follow the trail for 2 km. After a short climb at the end of the path, we turn right. Now we are on the direct path to the ranger station and thus the end of our tour. After 2.5 km we have arrived at the car park.
Getting thereTake the M1 motorway towards Vacoas and follow the road to Grand Bassin. The road passes the "Mare aux Vacoas Reservoir", the car park is 3km beyond at a crossroads (Grand Bassin).
ParkingThe car park is free of charge and is located right at the entrance to the National Park at the crossroads where the road to the Grand Bassin branches off.
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EquipmentFood, rain jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended, as the Black River National Park is part of the rainforest of Mauritius.
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