Dodo Trail, Mau­ri­tius

Runner's World South Africa - - RAVE RUN - WORDS & PIC­TURES Jacques Marais

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

At first glance, an is­land of 65km long by 60km wide doesn’t prom­ise vast spa­ces to run in; but don’t be fooled by the size of the trop­i­cal par­adise that is Mau­ri­tius. The ut­ter abun­dance of vol­canic peaks, ex­pan­sive forests and end­less beaches turn this is­land into trail­run­ning heaven!

The an­nual Dodo Trail event makes for men­tal off-road run­ning, with dis­tances of 5, 10, 25 and 50km to choose from. Take note, though: ex­treme ter­rain, tech­ni­cal routes and gru­elling as­cents mean you’d bet­ter pre­pare your­self for an epic out­ing. Book well in ad­vance for this world-class trail run, sched­uled for early July ev­ery year. Check out dodotrail.com for more.

The good news is that there are dozens of other ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence in gor­geous Mau­ri­tius, from snorkelling, hik­ing, scuba div­ing and game fish­ing, to ex­cep­tional SUP and surf breaks – not to men­tion the beau­ti­ful peo­ple. Visit tourism-mau­ri­tius.mu for more info.

BEST TIME TO RUN

These are the trop­ics, so you can be sure of high hu­mid­ity and day-time tem­per­a­tures dur­ing sum­mer. Win­ters are gen­er­ally mild at around 25°C, but with the oc­ca­sional cold front to add a slight edge to your day out on the moun­tain.

GET­TING THERE

Di­rect flights from South Africa to Mau­ri­tius are of­fered by SAA and Air Mau­ri­tius, among oth­ers. Cost per per­son will de­pend on the tourism sea­son, but look at around R9 500.

PLAN­NING A RUN-CATION? FOR MORE IN­SPIR­ING PLACES TO RUN, VISIT RUNNERSWORLD. CO.ZA/TRAVEL.

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