The Botanic Gardens was established in 1901 by Mauritian agronomist, Rivalz Dupont and is set over 16 acres. The original purpose of the gardens during colonial times was as an experimental garden for crop species, however day its gardens are filled with endemic species from the Seychelles and around the world. The gardens are a 20 minute walk from the centre of Victoria on Mont Fleuri.
A major attraction within the botanic gardens is the giant tortoises that originally came from Aldabra. For an additional fee you can go inside the enclosure and get up close with these creatures who live to over 100 years old.
The botanic gardens is home to a variety of local and exotic flowers and birds. As you first enter the botanic gardens you will walk the pathway with the Coco de mer trees an endemic species of the Seychelles and one which produces the largest nut in the world. One of the fruit de mer trees was planted by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, which has produced the most nuts of all the trees.
For younger and maybe teens there are geese and open space for picnics and play.
Botanical Gardens Tourist Information
- 8 a.m – 5 p.m.
Information and prices updated in April 2019