La Vanille Nature Park
La Vanille Nature Park in Mauritius is a great day out for all the family. It is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants. Set in idyllic surroundings of lush tropical vegetation covering 5 hectares in the south of Mauritius. Created in 1985, the name comes from the old vine cultivated in the valley where the park is now located. The park is open from 09.30am to 5.00pm. The park’s guides will take you on some unforgettable walks, this is included in your visit.
As part of your visit, you can get to feed the baby tortoises and learn about the breeding programmes. The Tortoise Nursery visit is available everyday at 10h30, 11h00 and 14h00 for a duration of 30 mins. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to the programmes in place at La Vanille Nature Park, for a number of threatened species, the park was also involved in the establishment of the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve in Rodrigues. There are nearly 1,000 tortoises in the park that are part of the conservation program. The park’s mission is to protect and care for these endangered species.
Another big attraction here are the crocodiles, which you can watch safely whilst in the park. The crocodiles are fed everyday at 11.30am. There is also the chance to have your photo taken with a baby crocodile. Octar the Iguana comes out to greet you every day at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
There is also the chance to visit the Lemur enclosure to interact with them and feed them and learn about conservation projects in Madagascar. This takes place at 10.00am everyday and is limited to 5 people. You are accompanied by a guide and the lemur carer and the visit lasts 20 minutes.
There is a mini zoo of Mauritian fauna where you can find most of the Mauritian mammals and reptiles including skinks, geckos, giant tortoises, turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, pigs, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys. The Aquarium at La Vanille Nature Park offers you the chance to discover certain aquatic species. You can watch the iguanas basking in the sun on the banks of the pond and the turtles and the crocodiles swimming with the fish.
In the park there is also a Jungle Adventure Playground, which is an area especially designed for children, with some fun activities. There is the opportunity for children to saddle up and take a pony ride, accompanied by a team member.
Take the children to visit the museum showcasing the dodo, with pictures and skeletons of the famous Mauritian bird.