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“Interesting Spot on Mahe”

Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
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$240.09*
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Full-Day Tour of Mahé
Ranked #8 of 76 things to do in Mahe Island
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

If you have a rainy, cloudy day on Mahe in Seychelles (yes, they do happen :)), grab a car and take a ride to Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden. The place is rather easy to find. It's on a steep hill,so do prepare for a steep ride up. The entry fee's have increased a lot in recent years, above 100Rs,but the entry is rather ok for Mahe standards. In return you get access to an interesting Garden full of different plants, vegs, fruits and yes : coco de mar. If you are not heading to Praslin you can see them in the botanical garden or here. The path itself could have been better described. My son does better maps than the one provided :), but the maps add's a bit to the fun of finding the path among the various trees and plants. After the trip one can treat himself to the goods provided in the restaurant. All in all, a very good option, especially for rainy days as the Jardin provides natural shelter.

2  Thank Wolszczak
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Good overview of Seychelles endemic fauna. 2 nice walkways and a view of the Coco de Mer. A pleasant
visit with superb views from the on site cafe.

Thank jan_vandenbosch
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We took a rented car and drived from the north to the south of the Island. When you come to Anse Royale look at the sign at the main road informing you to turn (in my case) right to the inland. The sign informs about 2 km (it is far more). After few hundred meters another sign informs you to turn right (now informs about 1km, it is far more again). Later when you reach a small vilage be careful because you shouldnt miss last sign informing to turn between houses on the concrete road and drive up. Now you should drive at the very end of the road (sometimes it seems that you reached the end, no continue driving up to the end of the road). When you reach the parking place and observes white houses you reached that. We came at 4.15PM and ladies informed us that the shop (they sell local spice and some local products) closes at 5PM so they asked us to start there. After we left the shop we tried to buy entrance tickets (they are increasing the price almost every year), Now in 2013 they ask for 110Rupies (few years ago that was 25). We came with a small kid and the lady at the reception asked us if we have a repelent. After we answered NO, she suggested not to go there and come another day in the morning. She also refused to give us some small discount to make a short visit of the garden just to see that (it wasnt that easy to get there). So finaly we decided not to go there and took a nice view from the entrance. The garden seemed to be nicely maintained but stuff was rude and we fell like unwanted visitors. So finaly if you choose right time to go there and take your own repelent maybe you will have a nice experience.

Thank Tomdesign
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Enjoy the peace of the garden.
Very interesting to see all plants that otherwise in Europe you see just in botanical garden

Thank plasticw
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stopped here on our last day during our vacation in May. This small French plantation has a great little museum and a fascinating collection of tropical plants and animals. My kids loved the giant tortises. There was one that turned out to be quite a character. Also the spice flavored ice cream was outstanding. The customer service was first rate. If you want to see some history, tropical plants, and giant tortises, this is well worth the time and money.

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