Mauritius greatest nature reserve welcomes you to spend an interesting day in its borders. See the wildlife, rare tortoises, fossil museum and other curious things.
Nature park “Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes” is located in the southern part of Mauritius. This area is recognized to be the authentic one, with the atmosphere of “old Mauritius” which spirit no other place has.
The scenery is unspoilt and people keep their traditions and manners.
The reserve invites you for day excursions. Discover the wonderful world of the unique park. This is one of the most interesting Mauritius attractions tours. See all of the lush vegetation, animal species, insectarium, museum and we also have a children’s corner.
Here in the park lives the largest in the world captive group of giant Aldabra tortoises. It counts around 1000 tortoises ( Seychelles Aldabra and Madagascar Radiata). Also there is a colony of 2000 Nile crocodiles. Other species living in the reservation are monkeys, eels, deer, iguanas, bats, wild tropical birds.
The world’s largest collection of insects – including butterflies – is also found here. You may visit the displays of them and discover numerous types of butterflies and insects from Madagascar, Mascarene Islands and Mauritius.
Among other curious activities visiting The La Vanille Aquarium is a great thing to do. See colourful marine species which will strike your imagination.
For children we made a special game area located next to the tortoises between the trees and tropical singing birds, which is safe and diverting.
We are proud to have the latest exhibit ion called “100 million years under the sea”. Hundreds of ammonites fossils, those ancient sea species, are brought from Madagascar. They were collected by Owen Griffiths.
The Restaurant "Le Crocodile Affamé" is able to place 120 persons at once in luxurious greenery where wild tropical birds come close to you to be fed with pieces of bread.
Interesting activities for tourist would be attendance of the local shop. You can buy handbags, wallets and other crocodile leather accessories in the “Crocod’ile Shop”. Except this you will find plenty other: made-in-Mauritius” goods. You will find souvenirs for each taste here and they will remind you of your walk through the park and its inhabitants...
Call (230) 696 6000 to begin your discoveries.