The Seychelles archipelago is often cited as one of the most beautiful and serene locations on Earth. Amidst this slice of paradise, you’ll find the Seychellois National Park – a place that perfectly embodies the beauty and allure of these islands.
When to Visit
Due to its proximity to the equator, Seychelles is blessed with stable, pleasant weather for most of the year. That being said, the months of April, May, October and November are ideal for visiting the park. During these months the sunlight isn’t too harsh and there’s little chance of rain, which makes your trek through the wilderness an easy one.
The best way to reach the Seychellois National Park is via the bay of Arise Major. Pretty much any major hotel Mahe has to offer – such as the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino– will include the park in its itinerary list, so you won’t have trouble getting directions. You won’t be allowed to drive here, so be ready for a walk.
After the Seychelle’s was granted independence from their colonial rulers, the islands became a beacon for traders all over the world. Areas like the Seychellois were prime candidates for timber harvesting. The Seychelles government in response began to enact very strict policies regarding environmental harvesting. As a result, areas like the park were designated as sanctuaries.
The park is home to some of the most unique and endangered animals anywhere on the planet. Particular mention goes to all the amazing avifauna which called the Seychellois home. These include stunningly vibrant species like the blue pigeon, white eyes and sunbird. The endangered sea turtles are also seen hauling themselves onto the beach from time to time.