Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
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  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia24,423 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coconut Heaven
    Very interesting to visit a Tropical Botanical Garden. Obviously Green was the dominant colour but a good variety of palms and plants endemic to the Seychelles and a pleasant place to stroll around on a hot & humid day. The story behind the Coco-de-mer had some adults tittering but don't get hit in the head by one! The addition of the Aldabra Giant Tortoises was a bonus to view. The schoolkids loved the inter action feeding the tortoises but their bite can be painful!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Furqan Sabri
    Karachi, Pakistan817 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to Seychelle's Botanical Gardens
    I along with my wife n son visited this beautiful garden. It has so many plants and you can feel the typical smell of each plant. A lot many variety of palms and plants of Seychelles area You will also find Aldabra Giants Tortoise in the garden and few tourists were trying to feed them too. It has a nice cafe to enjoy with drinks n snacks. Tickets for tourists are very high which is 250 SCR per head.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Tony V
    Jackson, California4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tortoise trove visit
    We bought the tickets on line weeks before arrival by ship. The hike from the pier was OK but hot and humid. The park is beautiful. These 5 acres are almost right in town. We went to visit the Aldabra tortoises. They were amazing, genial giants. Now I have seen both of the giant species. The greenery at the park is fantastic too. There was a nice little patio cafe for a cold drink. The bathroom was clean and nice. Go early to beat the heat. Don't miss it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 24, 2023
  • holiday-view23-7-11
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom1,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Giant attraction
    Small in comparison to other Botanical gardens but the have great palms and amazing giant tortoise compound. Our guide was really knowledgeable and as it was Sunday we could hear the singing form a near by church. A truly amazing visit. Suitable for all ages some steps and up hill walking.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2024
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travelmadIver
Iver, Buckinghamshire52 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visited on 13/3/2023 . We had checked the website for opening times and it clearly stated it closed at 5pm. It indicated you need around 1.5 to 2 hours to enjoy the gardens.
We bought our tickets at 3.15pm paying 250 Seychelles Rupees each ( about £35 for two of us which is quite expensive we think) so thought we had enough time to enjoy walking around. Unfortunately I had fallen over 2 days before resulting in a broken wrist which was in a sling in a semi cast. We were waiting to get flights back to the UK to get treatment. This meant we were not rushing about anywhere after this. We didn’t think the sign posting /map was great but happily wandered along the paths, enjoying the beautiful plants , trees , amazing tortoises, & taking photos . Unintentionally we ended up at the Cafe & as our 3 week holiday was being suddenly cut short by my fall ( happened on our 3rd day!) we decided to enjoy cake & ice creams there before continuing around the gardens which really aren’t very big anyway. It was very quiet in the gardens with probably only around 25 visitors there. Around 4.25pm we realised we had somehow missed some of the gardens at the top so walked back up the main avenue only to be met by a man who told us we couldn’t continue as the gardens were closing and told us some story about there being no security staff or something. We were very cross and disappointed and as the lady who took our entrance money had made no mention of an early closing to us we decided to ask her if we could have our tickets extended so we could visit again the next day, which didn’t seem unreasonable. We were met with a stony face but she did make a phone call which resulted in the miserable ‘superior’ man we had encountered returning & daring to tell us our entrance time & then that we had wasted time at their cafe (very overpriced ) instead of going round the gardens!! We pointed out that closing time was 5pm & not 4.30pm so we felt cheated but he wouldn’t do anything for us. It was obvious that as the gardens were quiet the staff were choosing to sneak off work early and it was nothing to do with security staff anyway.
What a way to treat visitors who are the ones who pay your wages.
So just be warned & make sure you check when you enter what time they intend to close that day as otherwise like us you will feel robbed & disappointed. It was such a shame as it was an unhappy finish to our unplanned short trip as we ended up getting flights home the next evening for medical attention.
Written March 20, 2023
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Perry
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Nice place--not the biggest or best labeled but lovely (bring bug spray for the mosquitoes). The giant tortoise enclosure was the highlight for us. They give you leaves to feed the tortoises so you get to see them up close and personal. They're almost aggressive in a slow motion kind of way. 150 rupees per person for non-residents (children under 12 are free). The cafe was closed when we were there.
Written June 12, 2021
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Sonja V
Helsinki, Finland24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The botanical garden in Victoria is quite small with some nice trees and plants inside. The entrance area looks pretty but the rest is rather average. The tortoises were nice but it was a shame they had no water area to cool down on a hot day :( In general it was a nice walk but not for the price of 250 scr per person. You should rather visit Jardin du Roi - it's much bigger, nicer and cheaper.
Written November 6, 2022
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John S
Melbourne, Australia1,994 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
The gardens are laid out on a hillside so there is plenty of walking up and down paths, however the biggest problem is the lack of signage.
There is no map handed to you at the entrance, SCR150 each is not cheap, but there is a large map at the start of the trail.
After then there's nothing to guide you to the various sights worth seeing, with multiple paths leading everywhere.
Written March 30, 2022
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Meleri
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very disappointed after traveling the length of Mahe to visit that they were closed. Seems that a medium amount of rain and wind is enough to close for the day despite the large group of disappointed tourists at the gate. It looked beautiful from what we could make out, so just a warning to others that this is not the place to go for entertainment on a 'poor weather' day.
Written March 8, 2020
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magsy222018
Worthing, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
These gardens are beautiful . With so many different plants and flowers to see. They even have a giant tortoise enclosure to visit which is lovely. We visited when it was raining on and off which was absolutely fine .the only thing I would recommend is to wear suitable footwear I went in sandals and was a little slippery in places as it was wet so trainers are a good idea.
Written May 21, 2022
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miticapanda
Bremen, Germany490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you stay only on Mahe Island you get to see the cìCoco de mer and the giant turtles, otherwise you'll see them on Praslin in the Vallee de Mai and on la Digue Island.
I didn't like that they charge extra to feed the turtles-on la Digue you do it yourself for free..
For the rest, needs a bit of refreshment and improvement.
Written March 28, 2020
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Karla G
Santiago, Chile773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited this place in order to see the giant tortoise, as my husband really like them. They were so cute! We did not finish walking around all the garden, due to the fact that it is huge and it was hot. I also got some insect bites, so after visiting the tortoises, we were done.
We returned a second time in order to spend more time with the tortoises. There is a chance to pay extra and get to feed them again. I highly recommend this place, especially if you like tortoises
Written February 28, 2020
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Alizeh19
Seychelles8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Botanical Gardens are a lovely tour and a way to spend 1-2 hours. The ticket is SCR250 per adult and you can follow the trial yourself. Don't miss the giant tortoise pen - you can feed them too! The trees and flowers are beautiful.
Written August 8, 2022
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Sebastjan F
Europe933 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
It's just too expensive for what you get. 250 scr or 35€ per person is pricy for what they offer. The gigant turtles are the highlight. The garden is compact and not really much to see. In the fact that you can make your own hiking tour all over the mahe, you can skip the botanic garden.
Written June 9, 2023
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