Morne Seychellois National Park – Explore the Wilderness
Seychelles is an archipelago of breathtaking beauty, the bulk of which can be found on its main island, Mahe. A trip to this breathtaking country will have you basking in its maritime climate, stunning beaches and wealth of picturesque landscapes. Mahe is also famous for the Morne Seychellois National Park which encapsulates 20% of Mahe’s overall area. It stretches along the island’s coast all the way up to its highest point.
Once you’ve booked your flights and made your to the archipelago of Seychelles, you can reach the Morne Seychellois National Park via car or bus by travelling up to Bel Ombre or Danzil and then board a bus to the terminus. After that though, your legs are the only mode of transportation that will carry you the rest of the way due to the thick mangrove. While making your way there on your own could exciting, it’s best to take along a guide lest you wish to spend the rest of your life in a forest.
Some of the features that greet you as you begin your journey to the island’s highest peak include a dense web of secondary forest, shrubs, intermittent cliffs, and massive blocks of granite. The primary forest is not accessible until you have walked 600 meters upwards. On your journey, you will encounter a plethora of endemic plant species, half of which you probably had no idea even existed. This area is also home to some of the rarest and sought-after spices, tea plantations, and other businesses. The pitcher plant, which is known to consume insects that sit on it, is one of the main attractions here. There are also many poisonous plants in addition to these, so it’s best to tread carefully.
Blue pigeons, kestrels, scoop owls, bulbuls, swiftlets, white eyes, and sunbirds of Seychelles can all be found at Morne Seychellois National Park. You will also find Aldabra Gian turtle lazing on the beach or clumped together on granite boulders. Other animals that you can find in this area include fruit bats, tenrecs, chameleons, frogs, stick insects and snakes.
The best time to visit Morne Seychellois National Park is in the months of April, May, October and November. The weather is milder during these months which makes for great hiking climate or lounging around on the beaches. Though the climatic conditions are generally the same throughout the year, the spring and autumn months are thought to be a little more pleasant than the rest of the year.