Seychelles enjoys a rich diversity of flora and fauna, it has over 40% of its land mass designated as National Parks. If you want to experience some amazing moments in Seychelles’ beautiful forest, then the Morne Seychellois National Park is the place to be.
Where is Morne Seychellois National Park located?
The National Park is located on Mahé. It is situated on the northern side of the island, directly to the west of Victoria City.
If you are planning on visiting Seychelles, this is where you will land- Mahé Island. It is the largest island of the archipelago and is also home to the vibrant city Victoria. Measuring 27 km long for 8 km wide, this mountainous island has a population reaching nearly 70,000 habitants.
Despite being the most urbanized island of the archipelago, Mahé is no less than the other island in terms of scenery and wild landscape. Whilst lush greenery completes the inner part of the island, 60 breath-taking beaches take care of your sun, sand and sea needs.
Know more about Morne Seychellois National Park
Created in 1979, Morne Seychellois National Park proposes a luxuriant array of exotic tropical flora and fauna. With 3,045 hectares as total surface area, the National Park becomes the largest park of the Republic of Seychelles. Covering more than 20% of Mahé, the National Park stretches over 30 km² and houses Mahé’s misty peak, including Seychelles’ highest peak; the Morne Seychellois.
Nestled in the lush boundaries of the Morne Seychellois National Park, this enigmatic peak is indeed dominating the landscape. Reaching a height of 2,970 feet or 905m, the Morne Seychellois offers a spectacular panoramic view of the island.
If you want to explore the unsullied beauty of the Morne Seychellois National Park, hiking remains the best way. Walkers will be in heaven, the park houses 12 well-marked hiking trails. Walk through this beautiful native forest and enjoy the magnificent views overlooking the entire Seychelles archipelago.
Most of the hiking trails starts on the road of Sans Souci, however, the best walks remains on the slope of Morne Seychellois, the Three Brothers, the Copolia and Morne Blanc.
Fauna and Flora,
Consisting of various natural habitats and ecosystem, the National Park contains a large portion of the only remaining indigenous forest of the Seychelles. Through the dense mountainous forest, one can spot a variety of different species.
The park is home to many endemic birds of the Seychelles, notably the Seychelles bulbul, the Seychelles swiftlet, Seychelles kestrel, Seychelles blue pigeon, Seychelles scope owls, Seychelles white-eyes and the Seychelles sunbird.
The National Park offers the unique opportunity to discover one of the world’s smallest frog- the Sooglossus gardineri frog. Only found in Seychelles, this minuscule frog is of 1 cm in length, finding one can be an adventure in itself.
The Morne Seychellois National Park is the perfect alternative to the beaches and remains one of the biggest interior attractions of the island.
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