Located in the Mascarene archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius boasts a superb coral reef and fine sandy beaches. Much older than Réunion island, this volcanic island is surrounded by a lagoon with translucent turquoise waters, a real treat for diving enthusiasts who set off to explore the seabed!
The geography of Mauritius is one of the region's greatest attractions. Its central plateau perched at an altitude of 500 metres and its perfectly indented coastline make it a paradise for nature lovers. The highest point in Mauritius is Black River Peak, which rises to an altitude of 828 metres.
Located in the south-west of Mauritius, Bel Ombre domain stretches over almost 2,500 hectares, between mountains and a turquoise lagoon. Bel Ombre castle, a former colonial residence built at the end of the 19th century, has been transformed into a gourmet restaurant renowned for its local cuisine.
Since 2004, two 5-star hotels and a world-class golf course have opened near the Château de Bel Ombre.
More than two centuries after its creation, Bel Ombre domain has managed to preserve its cultural heritage and turn it into an exceptional art of living.
The Morne Brabant
Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an imposing mountain in the south-west of Mauritius, a veritable corner of paradise at an altitude of over 550m. Surprisingly arid during the dry season, the hikes on the mountainside of Le Morne are renowned for their splendour and offer breathtaking panoramas.
Le Morne is a must for Mauritius by UTMB, and there's no doubt that this place will leave its mark on our participants.
Black River Peak
Black River Peak, or Peak Mount, located in the Rivière Noire mountain, is the highest point in Mauritius. Located in the south-western part of the island, Black River Peak culminates at an altitude of 828 m. Its steep terrain will not make it easy for participants, who could need to use a chain to climb the steep metres to the summit.
Black River Gorges National Park
The Black River Gorges National Park is located near Chamarel, in the south-west of Mauritius, and is one of the most visited places on the island. It protects the fascinating tropical forests of this dream island, which are among the rarest in the world. The Gorges de la Rivière Noire National Park was created in 1994 as Mauritius's first national park and covers an area of almost 70 km². The hilly terrain is home to lush green highland and lowland forests, as well as marshy moorland.
A vast network of hiking trails totalling 60 kilometres traverses this wonderful landscape, making the Black River Gorges National Park the largest hiking area in Mauritius. The trails are well-marked and maintained, they offer walks and hikes for all levels of difficulty.
Chamarel 7 colors land
Another of Mauritius's treasures, the Land of Seven Colours in the heights of Chamarel is one of the country's most surprising natural phenomena. The origin of this extraordinary landscape lies in a geological phenomenon that gives the earth a palette of colours. There are precisely seven shades (red, brown, violet, green, blue, violet and yellow) that follow one another on a 7,500 m2 strip of undulating land on the Chamarel coast, in a dense forest.
Another interesting feature of the Seven Colors Land is that the dunes never seem to erode, despite the island's torrential tropical rains. Since the earth was first exposed, the rains have carved beautiful patterns into the hillside, creating an earthy meringue effect.
Although participants will not be passing over this land, they will have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful landscape by passing only a short distance away, depending on the race.
The Tourelle de Tamarin
Probably the most beautiful full panoramic view in Mauritius! The way to take this fabulous view is not easy and will require you to make an effort over four kilometres and almost 550m of positive ascent. It's a breathtaking view, to say the least, over Ile au Bénitier lagoon and Le Morne, as well as Tamarin Bay and Le Rempart!