The Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and heritage park – The Stunning Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Dreizung, Vallée de Mai Entrance, CC BY-SA 3.0

It’s not always that one gets to experience a lush jungle that has remained untouched for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years. This jungle wonderland is situated in Seychelles, one of the most popular tourism destinations in the present day, and there are many Seychelles resorts to choose from like the Berjaya Praslin Resort.

The forest that makes up the Vallee de Mai was unaffected by human civilisation until the 1930s, and one of the men who discovered it was convinced he was in the biblical Garden of Eden. The British General Charles Gordon in the 19th century believed that the palm tree he found was the tree of knowledge, and a bread-fruit tree is the tree of life. Due to the aphrodisiac quality of the coco-de-mer double-nuts, the general labelled it as what could have been the forbidden fruit. This theory was discredited by a writer, H.Watley Estridge, who expressed doubts at Eve biting through the 10-inch thick husk of the coco-de-mer fruit.

The coco-de-mer is one of the country’s most significant endemic species, and bears the largest double-nuts in the world. In addition to this, there are five more species of flora that are endemic to the nation. These unique species contributed to the nature reserve becoming recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Vallee De Mai Park is also a renowned bird-watching site, and feature some very rare species exclusive to the region, such as the Seychelles Black Parrot, the Seychelles Bulbul and the Seychelles Kestrel. There are many unique small animals to be seen as well such as the Tiger Chameleon and the Seychelles Skink.

If you ever find yourself anywhere close to Seychelles, be sure to visit this breath-taking geo-park which is sure to encapsulate you in a prehistoric embrace where you can discover what life was like in the distance past. It is definitely an experience to be remembered.

 

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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