The island of Seychelles is one of the most fascinating places in Africa. Wide range of natural attractions stretching from the pristine sandy beaches to the mountains, hills and valleys covered in lush forest canopy.
In exploring the National Parks there are many wonders to discover, ranging from the crystal–clear waters of marine parks to the luscious green flora that carpets the tropical forests. The Parks have endemic species such as the renowned coco-de-Mer; indigenous species like coconut palm trees, including a variety of other exotic species.
Being so isolated from the rest of the world, many of the birds here are endemic and cannot be found anywhere else. The Seychelles bulbul, the black parrot and the fruit pigeon—three of the world’s rarest birds—are spotted regularly. There are bird sanctuaries located on four of the islands: Aride, Frégate, Cousin and the cleverly-named Bird Island. this hill road, a signboard indicates the entrance to the site. SPTC bus no. 14 (Victoria-Sans Souci
There are also four marine national parks loaded with hundreds of species of fish and coral. All national parks are located by the beach and on small islands stretching to form section of marine parks. Theya re great places for adventures like snorkelling, horse riding, nature walks, hiking and some have well maintained trails for quad biking, mountain biking and game drives.
The best islands to visit for Seychelles game and birds include Praslin, Desroches, Mahe and La Digue Island among many others
Saint Anne National Park
This Seychelles National Park established back in 1973, was the first in all of the Indian Ocean; its crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling. The park occupies nearly 6 small islands whose coral reefs and waters are full of colorful fishes and mammals. The park overlooks Victoria which is the capital of Seychelles on Praslin island. Also on Praslin island is Vallee de Mai-a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tropical forest is the best place to check out the coco de mer, which is the famous palm that yields the world’s biggest fruit-shaped like a female pelvis.
Aldabra’s Giant Tortoise park
The island of Aldabra boasts the Giant Tortoise and Crocodile Park. The giant tortoises are an endemic species of mammals on Seychelles island. More than 150,000 of them are recorded at the park
Curieuse Marine National Park
Curieuse Marine National Park is a popular visit from Praslin as well as the turquoise waters and red reefs of Ilê Coco Marine National Park. Some of the world’s best shallow-water scuba diving can also be found here, particularly at Baie Ternay, where shipwrecks and carpet anemone dominate. Some of the marine animals in the park include dolphins, porpoise, shark and barracuda can be found in deeper waters, primarily between islands.
Morre Seychellois National Park
On the largest island of
lies the impressive mountain range that is home to this national park. The peak is the highest in the country, offering exquisite views of the sea beyond. Enjoy a day hike into the lush forest, with breaks along the way to appreciate the visually-vivacious vistas.
National Botanical Gardens
The fifteen acres of lush vegetation of these gardens are a relaxing getaway for those holed up in the capital city of Victoria. Among the most noteworthy of the plants here are the famous
coco de mer
palms. The orchid garden is worth seeing and the restaurant serves up tasty fare.
Best time to visit
The Seychelles islands have pleasant weather all through the year. The dry season is normally cool with chilly breeze from the ocean in May to September. The rainy season is recorded for the months of January to February and July to August.Seyc