Cultural break in the heart of nature

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Cultural break in the heart of nature

Discover Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles, and enjoy its rich culture and landscapes.

While in Mahé, your first stop should probably be at Victoria, Seychelles' surprising capital that shines bright with its easy-going and carefree atmosphere. From Monday to Saturday, rouse your senses at the town market with a thousand and one scents and colours: charming stands offer local products such as spices, flowers, fabrics, fruits and vegetables…
Make your way towards the Museum of Natural History to learn more about the various plant and animal species of the archipelago, and observe incredible geological fragments and minerals, some of which date back to millions of years. Do not miss the giant Aldabra tortoises, the famous sea coconuts and the 40-or-so paintings exhibited.
Conclude your exploration of the capital city with a visit of the botanical garden, conceived in 1901 by Paul Dupont, agronomist and frequent traveller from Mauritius. Orchids, palm trees and other endemic plants will give you an idea of what to expect around this superb island. Look up to catch the flight of multicoloured birds, like the Souimanga sunbird or the Blue Pigeon.

Museum of Natural History
Independence Avenue
Victoria
Mahé Island
+248 4 321 333
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Botanical garden
Mont-Fleuri
Victoria
Mahé Island
+248 4 670 537
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