Approximately 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level at the heart of Mahé is the Morne Seychellois National Park. At 10 km (6.2 miles) long and around 4 km (2.5 miles) wide, the park takes up approximately 20% of the nation’s land mass! There is only one road that cuts through the park, Sans Souci road, and only a small sign lets you know that the park is there at all! Those who do not take the time to stop and enjoy the views from this winding road are certainly missing out on something!
The park is home to some of the most rewarding hikes on the island. For experienced hikers, a tour to the top of the highest mountain, the 905-metre Morne Seychellois (3,000 ft), certainly cannot be topped, and promises sensational views. The starting point is a path below the plantation on Sans Souci road. This five-hour hike can be slightly stressful, taking you through thick undergrowth and over bumpy trails. That said, the view from high above the Seychelles is an incomparable highlight! We would recommend taking this tour with a guide and only when it has not been raining, as the paths can be very slippery otherwise.
The Morne Blanc (667 metres/2,200 ft) is best-reached from the Sans Souci Road. Follow the sign above the tea kiosk. The route climbs continuously uphill from its already-elevated starting point, through the foggy forest up to the summit of Morne Blanc, which offers breathtaking views of Mahé’s western coast.
While the dazzling coastline of Mahé is undoubtedly the main attraction, it’s crucial that you take the time to explore the island’s mountainous interior. The splendid Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses an impressive 20% of the land area of Mahé and contains a wide variety of habitats, from coastal mangrove forests up to the country’s highest peak, the Morne Seychellois (905m). Choked in thick forest, the enigmatic central part of the park is virtually deserted and can only be reached by walking trails; you don’t have to go very far before the outside world starts to feel a long, long way away.Morne Seychellois is the highest peak in Seychelles. Morne Seychellois is located on the island of Mahé in the Morne Seychellois National Park. Deep in the Morne Seychellois National Park is a network of intersecting trails through the Valley Mare aux Cochons . Those who want to explore this region should set aside a whole day, depending on personal fitness levels and hiking experience. Each tour serves up its own highlights of natural diversity. The Mare aux Cochons is a freshwater marsh that is fed by a small mountain river; here you will find excellent picnic spots! Other sights include the Glacis d’Antin lookout point, a few ruins, a small waterfall, and a cave with mysterious pirate treasure from the 18th century.
Morne Seychellois National Park is like ice cream with toppings. You consume the toppings before the main ice-cream which in this park is the summit of morne blanc with its shear cliff face, is the most iconic mountain on the island of Mahe.
This article was written by Teniola Anipole
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