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Africa » Reunion » Cirque Du Salazie July 10th 2017

July 10, 2017 - I woke up a little later today, at 7am. I had breakfast, checked the internet, and had a leisurely start to the day. I left for my hike around 9am. I chose this one based on the time - it was the next shortest, at 4hrs return. The sky was a little overcast when I left, and it made me wonder about rain. Needless to say, the hike started out steeply uphill. It seems there is nowhere else much to go but up. Eventually it did lead me into a forest and that became somewhat flat for a bit, and when it ascended, it was not so steep. That said, the walk was quite difficult because everything in the forest was damp, so I was constantly slipping and sliding as I skittered ... read more
View of Salazie Cirque when I started the hike
View of Salazie Cirque when I started the hike
Made it in the forest

Africa » Reunion » Cirque Du Salazie July 9th 2017

July 9, 2017 - Today was quite the day. Most of the time when I travel, I've done a lot of planning and know what I will do most days. There is some flexibility, but not as much as you might think. Yesterday, when I arrived in Reunion, I thought today I would do a long hike and tomorrow I would do another long hike, to Cirque de Mafate. This is another collapsed volcano, and you can only get there by walking. There are villages there, and there are 100km of walking trails, but no roads and no cars. Supplies are brought in by helicopter, but there are people who live there who have never seen a car. From Hell Bourg, I could walk there and back in about five hours. But after talking to the ... read more
Early morning in the cirque
Chicken on a roof

Africa » Reunion » Cirque Du Salazie July 8th 2017

July 8, 2017 - Today I left Mauritius and flew less than an hour to reach Reunion Island. In that time, they still managed to serve a drink and a small snack, which I did not expect. I'd just had a chicken sandwich, as I did not have enough money to exhange my Mauritian rupees for euros, so bought a snack. I was just a few rotis-worth off. Ah well, the roti was good last night. Reunion is a part of France, so it's not its own country. Everyone here speaks French, and most people speak Creole at home and in informal settings. Not many people speak English, so it will be a challenge, language-wise. Reunion is known for it's mountains and three cirques, collapsed volcanoes. It is not a beach destination, but has one of ... read more
My propeller plane
These propellers were spinning too fats to see, but the camera showed them like this. even before I snapped the shot

Africa » Reunion » Cirque Du Salazie » Hellbourg June 21st 2013

Day 2: Caverne Dufour to Hell-Bourg via Piton des Neiges & Cap Anglais duration: 7hr, 11km, 600m ascent, 2140 descent Back at the Caverne Dufour, the trail to Hell-Bourg (six hours) runs north across the saddle and skirts the rim of the Cirque de Salazie, passing through giant heather forest. It’s a bit of a mud chute, so watch your footing. After 1¼ hours you’ll reach a whitepainted cross at Cap Anglais, from where there are excellent views over the Cirque de Salazie. Take the GR R1 variant straight downhill from here to the southern end of Hell-Bourg (2¾ hours), emerging near the stadium. Instead of getting straight to Hell Bourg from Cap Anglais, die-hards may choose to walk along the Cirque rim through the lush Forêt de Bébour-Bélouve. Just beyond the turn-off, the trail begins ... read more
Day 3: Cirque de Salazie
DAY 2: Cirque de Salazie
DAY 2: Cirque de Salazie

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