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SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR HIKING IN THE SEYCHELLES:
EINIGE WANDERVORSCHLÄGE FÜR DIE SEYCHELLEN:

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Bitte beachten Sie, dass wir für Informationen auf dieser Seite keine wie auch immer geartete Verantwortung übernehmen.

Contact the National Parks & Forestry Section, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Botanical Garden, Mahé for brochures and further information.
Kontaktieren Sie bitte die National Parks & Forestry Section des Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources im Botanischen Garten auf Mahé für Broschüren und weitere Informationen.

As anywhere in nature, use good maps for orientation, wear adequate clothing and shoes, carry lots (!!!) of water and let someone at your hotel know about your plans.
Wie immer, wenn man sich in freier Natur bewegt, tragen Sie bitte entsprechende Kleidung und Schuhwerk, jede Menge Wasser (!!!) und lassen Sie jemanden von Ihrem Hotel wissen, was Sie vorhaben.



Map of Morne Seychellois Nationalpark here
Karte des Morne Seychellois Nationalpark hier

From own experience we know that the maps which are available are not always accurate and that some of the side trails simply don't exist any more. Only the main trails are being maintained.
Aus eigener Erfahrung müssen wir leider feststellen, dass die erhältlichen Karten nicht immer besonders genau sind. Viele der Nebenpfade existieren seit Jahren nicht mehr und nur die Hauptwege werden einigermassen instand gehalten.




MAHÉ


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ANSE MAJOR

Difficulty : Easy
Duration : 45 - 60 minutes



Getting there: Take the road which goes from Beau Vallon, through Bel Ombre to Danzil, or take the SPTC bus route 21 (Victoria - Bel Ombre), alighting at the Danzil terminus. Follow the road up the hill for about 200m. Your car can be left here. Take the right fork in the road, passing through the small but expanding settlement of Danzil following the yellow route markers.

About 200 m after the road turns into a walking path, take the left (uphill) trail.
Etwa 200m nachdem der Fahrweg in den Fusspfad mündet, den linken (oberen) Weg nehmen.

The trail follows part of the rocky coastline of northwest Mahé and leads to the small secluded beach of Anse Major. Much of this trail lies within the boundaries of the Morne Seychellois National Park, with spectacular rock slopes (called 'glacis' in Seychelles) and native vegetation typical of the drier areas of Mahé.


MARE AUX COCHONS:

Difficulty : Moderate
Duration : 3 - 4 hrs


It is advisable to use the route from Le Niol, as the trail from Danzil is easy to find but quite steep.
If you do prefer to use Danzil as a starting point, here are a few hints:
Instead of turning right at the signpost to Anse Major, continue the road uphill until you reach a signpost on the right hand side (nailed to a tree) which says "Dans Bernard". Follow this sign and after a few hundred meters, just after the ruins of a cinnamon distillery, turn left. It's a tough uphill walk through dense forest from here until you reach a shelter where the trail levels out and becomes undulating. Continue further through scrubland (formerly an agricultural area with clove, nutmeg, breadfruit, orange, mango and other fruit being cultivated there) to an interesting marsh, surrounded by pandanus palm trees. If you keep going you'll reach a small waterfall, about one km from the marsh. It is possible to continue down to Port Glaud and to take the bus back from there to Danzil via Victoria.



COPOLIA:

Difficulty : Moderate
Duration : 2½ hrs

Getting there: Take the Victoria-Sans Souci-Port-Launay bus route 14 at the Victoria bus terminal and ask the driver to drop you off at “Nature's Own” garden. You will find a trail sign board at a bend in the road.

With an altitude of 300-580 metres, the Val Riche-Copolia trail is situated within the Morne Seychellois National Park and a variety of interesting species can be seen there. The main attraction, however, are the Pitcher Plants (latin: Nepenthaceae, german: Kannenpflanzen) which grow here, next to the highest point.



Described as one of the best and easiest accessible areas to see most of the specialised glacis flora at intermediate altitude in the Seychelles, the Val Riche-Copolia trail has an exceptionally high biodiversity with a very rich collection of endemic species. This includes rare endemic elements like Bwa Mediz (Medusagyne oppositifolia) and Hederorkis seychellensis.

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MISSION LODGE:

Difficulty : Easy
Duration: 10 mins.



From Victoria, take the Sans Soucis road which goes to the west coast of Port Glaud. About 1km after leaving the top of the hill, you will see a signboard that will indicate you to the Mission Lodge. The SPTC bus number 14 'Victoria Sans Soucis Port Glaud' will take you directly to Mission Lodge.

The site provides a peaceful atmosphere which is also appreciated by certain birds. Great lookout point towards the southwest of Mahé!

Before the development of Venn’s Town (once a farm and boarding school for liberated slave children) a mid-altitude humid forest existed, composed mainly of endemic species such as Capucin (Northea hornei) named in honour of Marianne North, as well as other trees. These were mixed with endemic palms such as Latanier Hauban (Roschiera melanochaetes) and Latanier Feuille (Phoenicophorium borsigianum). Today, numerous endemic species have been re-introduced to restore the biodiversity of the area and to remind us of the original flora of Seychelles, which evolved millions of years ago.



DANS GALLAS:

Difficulty : Tough
Duration : 2½ hrs

Getting there: The simplest way is to take the SPTC bus number 32 as far as the terminus at Le Niol. On the opposite side of the road is an information point for the National Park, where you can get more detailed information during working hours. This is also the starting point of the trail.

The main features of this trail are the panoramic views and the scenery which you discover as you follow the route.

In the valley to the south of the ridge are forestry plantations of santol, mahogany and pine. Along the ridge, the vegetation is secondary, with common exotic species dominating, but scattered amongst these are hardy endemic species such as bois rouge, coco maron, bois calou and vacoa.




GLACIS TROIS FRÈRES

Difficulty : Easy
Duration : 1hr

Follow the Sans Souci road which goes from Victoria to Port Glaud, or take the SPTC bus number 35 or 14. In both cases, stop at the Sans Soucis Forestry Station. Take the secondary road which goes uphill, indicated with a wooden sign 'Trois Frères'. After passing through an old housing estate you will reach a cul-de-sac which acts as a car park.

With an altitude of 300 metres, the Glacis Trois Frères trail offers a magnificent view of Victoria.

Follow the sign and discover a wide variety of exotic species as well as a panoramic view of the Seychelles International Airport. In the deeper parts of the forest, you will come across a few endemic plants like Latanier and Vacoas de Montagne (Pandanus). Other such plants that can be seen during the walk are Bois de Natte (Mimusops chellarum), Café Marron à grande feuille (Paragenipa wrightii), Bois Calou (Meme-cylon eleagni) and many more.

A few wooden steps will take you to a small stream and some metres away, climb down some stone steps leading to a small path on the right. Follow it and you will be able to discover the famous carnivorous plant, the Pitcher Plant (potao). Come back after that and within 15 metres away, the road forks out into two directions. The right path will take you to a kiosk where you can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of Victoria and a few other islands. Take the same way back. The left path will take you to the 'Trois Frères’ Cross however it is not advisable to take this route as it is precarious.




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MORNE BLANC

Difficulty : Moderate

Follow the Sans Souci road between Victoria and Port Glaud or take the SPTC bus route 14 (Victoria – Sans Souci – Port Launay). Stop at the Tea Factory, where there is parking opposite the Tea Tavern. Follow the main road up the hill for about 200m. The trail sign board is on the left.

This trail is basically a continuous climb from a high starting point in the Morne Seychellois National Park, to the top of a prominent mountain in the west of Mahé, characterised by cloud forest but affording splendid views on a good day.

The initial part of the trail passes through an old tea plantation where Lemon grass (Citronelle) grows affording views over the surrounding hills towards the sea and nearby islands. Low forest is home to Vacoa Parasol (Pandanus homei), Vacoa Marron (Pandanus sechellarum), Latanier Hauban (Roscheria melanochaetes), Capucin (Northern hornei) (the leaves of which have dark reddish-brown underside), most of these plants being encountered higher up the trail.



VACOA NATURE TRAIL

Difficulty : Easy

To reach the Vacoa Trail from Victoria, you follow the La Misère road to the west coast to where it ends at the main junction in Grand Anse. At the junction take the left turn towards Le Meridien Barbarons Hotel about 700m away. Just before crossing the bridge, with the mangrove forest towards the seaside, you will find simultaneously, on the opposite side, a parking area and the starting point of the trail.

The Vacoa Trail has been opened as a circular path. The river Dauban flows into the mangrove forest at the start of the trail. Following the trail to the right leads through a bush of Cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco) and then a passage through some granite boulders to a first bridge. At this point the endemic Pandanus (Pandanus horneii) becomes the dominant feature of the path. After crossing the first river arm, there is a shelter to protect visitors against sudden rain. A second bridge is followed by a third and before reaching the last bridge, granite boulders remind us that Seychelles is the only granitic oceanic islands group in the world. After crossing the third bridge it is less than 150m before the promenade ends at the park.

PRASLIN

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VALLÉE DE MAI (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)



Difficulty : Easy

Duration : To explore all the paths and really absorb the atmosphere, allow 3 hrs

From Praslin airport, turn left onto the main road going towards Grand Anse. You will come to a fork in the road with signs for Vallée de Mai on your left, turn left and follow this road to the Vallée de Mai. The car park and entrance are on your left.

Seychelles’ second UNESCO World Heritage Site is the legendary Vallée de Mai, administered by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. So remarkable that it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden, this hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6000 Coco-de-mer trees, considered to be among the botanical wonders of the world.




GLACIS NOIRE

Difficulty : Moderate.

Duration : 2hrs. It is quite an easy trail about 1.4km long.

This trail leads to a fire tower built on a hilltop overlooking the East coast of Praslin, with a fine view of La Digue and surrounding smaller islands. It is one of the trails that allow visitors to discover endemic palms including the famous Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica). The trail allows visitors to compare the vegetation of a forest affected by fire with an intact one.

All six of the endemic palms of Seychelles Palmiste (Deckenia nobilis), Latanier feuille (Phoenicophorium borsigianum), Latanier millepatte (Nephrosperma vanhoutteanum) and Coco de Mer (Lodoicea maldivica) can be seen along this trail.
PASQUIERE UND SALAZIE

Der Salazie- und der Pasquiere-Track sind schöne Wanderwege, die von Praslin's Grand Anse auf die andere Inselseite führen. Wer sich angesichts der Steigung der Busfahrstrecke über das Vallée de Mai erschreckt abwendet weil er ähnliche Steigungen befürchtet, kann sich beruhigt zurücklehnen. Ganz so schlimm ist es nicht. An der Grand Anse auf Praslin nimmt man zunächst die Einmündung an der Kirche und geht am Britannia Restaurant/Guesthouse entlang. Der asphaltierten Straße, die dann in einen Feldweg übergeht, folgt man etwa 30 Minuten steil bergan. An einer Weggabelung hält man sich geradeaus / leicht rechts und geht den weniger genutzen Weg. Dies ist der Salazie Track. Der breitere ist der Pasquiere-Track, der an der Anse Possession herauskommt. Der Salazie-Track führt einige Meter über die grüne Ebene, auf der z.B. Farne und verschiedene Palmenarten zu sehen sind. Dann gibt es noch einen kleinen Anstieg bis auf die Passhöhe. Dabei wird der Blick auf die Küste und auf die vorgelagerte Insel Cousine immer besser. Dann geht es hinunter zur Anse Volbert, wo der Weg auf die Küstenstraße mündet und zwar dort, wo ein Buswartehäuschen steht. Die Wanderung dauert mit kleinen Pausen zum Genießen der Natur etwa 1 Stunde 45 Minuten.

Bei der Inselüberquerung bekommt man einen kleinen Einblick in das Alltagsleben der Seychellois, die die Häuser am Berghang bewohnen. Ansonsten begegnen einem hier kaum Leute.

LA DIGUE


Up on NID D'AIGLE (Eagle's Nest) Mountain: Ask locals or the tourist office at the harbour for directions.


SOUTHERN CIRCUIT. From Grande Anse around the southern tip of the island, via Anse Marron to Anse Source d'Argent. A phantastic journey along empty beaches, over sharp rocks and moonlike landscapes.

Take a guide and ask us for a good, knowledgable and trustworthy one!

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