MORE THAN YOU EXPECT
Nestled in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a slice of paradise that promises more than stunning beaches and luxury resorts. This vibrant island is a tapestry of cultures, colours, and flavours, offering an exotic playground for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Beyond the sun-kissed beaches, you’ll find lush mountains and hills – an ideal backdrop for the most thrilling trail races. With its unique biodiversity, the island is home to flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else on Earth. Whether you’re traversing through sugarcane fields, journeying through dense forests, or scaling up volcanic craters, Mauritius offers a varied terrain that challenges and exhilarates.
By registering for the Dodo Trail, you’re not just signing up for a race: you’re embarking on an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Mauritius. So, lace up your trail-running shoes, mark your calendar, and prepare for a running adventure that will leave you breathless – in the best possible way.
BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE
Check if you need a visa to enter Mauritius and make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your date of entry. More info here.
Flights and Transfers
Book your flights well in advance to benefit from best possible deals.
The Dodo Trail tracks are generally muddy, with roots and rocks, and highly technical sections. It’s a good mix of rainy tropical forest and dry African Savanna like estates. Trail running shoes with good grip are essential. As level of humidity is also very high, make sure to bring your favourite hydration products. Please refer to the race rules here for the compulsory equipments.
Opt for reusable bottles, eco-friendly sunscreen, andlightweight, moisture-wicking clothing made from sustainable materials.
ONCE YOU’RE HERE
The Mauritian Rupee (MUR) is the local currency. While credit cards are widely accepted, it’s handy to have some cash for small purchases.
Time zone is Universal Time plus four hours (GMT/UTC +4).
Mauritius can be hot and humid, especially if you’re exerting yourself on the trails.
Wi-Fi is available in most hotels and some public places. If you require a constant connection, consider purchasing a local SIM card.
While buses are available, their schedules can be erratic. Taxis or car rentals are often more convenient but always agree on a price beforehand. You can request help from Ala-lila, our transport partner. NB: We drive on the left side of the road!
The Black River Gorges are your perfect training ground if you want to do some last training and acclimatization sessions before the race. For casual training, you can train near your hotel safely but always stay cautious while running on the roads.
Try to arrive a few days before the race to acclimatize to the weather conditions and perhaps test out similar terrains. The Dodo Trail .GPX tracks are available to download on the website.
We speak both French and English in Mauritius, and creole is the common language of all Mauritians.
Leave No Trace
Always clean up after yourself whether you’re on the beach, in the forest, or along the trail.
Responsible Wildlife Interaction
Maintain a safe and respectful distance from all wildlife. Never feed, touch, or disturb animals in their natural habitats.
Support the local economy by purchasing souvenirs and products made by local artisans.