“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands, most of which are uninhabited. The archipelago stretches across 1.3 million square kilometers in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles is located east of Kenya and north of Madagascar in the western part of the Indian Ocean. Interestingly the Seychelles has the highest per capita GPD in Africa, excluding the French territories. The official languages for the Seychelles are Creole, French and English. The currency is the Seychelles Rupee.
Max and Tristan raising both the quarantine and Seychelles flags on our arrival
We arrived in the Seychelles a couple of days prior to Independence Day. Independence day is on June 29th and celebrates the countries independence from the United Kingdom in 1976. We actually joined the festivities that were held at the filled to capacity stadium. The celebration was filled with pomp and ceremony, with army, navy and marching bands from both Seychelles, Australia, US and India marching, officials in black cars giving speeches and parachutists landing in the arena with the Seychelles flag.
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
Information and prices updated in April 2019
We hired a car for the day to have a look around the mountainous, volcanic island of Mahe. There were lots of lookouts or viewpoints where you can stop and see some of the smaller islands that surround Male. We didn’t really do much except drive all around the island.
We spent a couple of enjoyable days with Totem on this little island. The island is surrounded by rocks and even has a few little caves hidden amongst them. The kids enjoyed climbing up the rocks and jumping in the water.
We enjoyed a few quite evening with sun-downers and watching the sunset.
Josh’s 17th Birthday was on a beach in the Seychelles. We hadn’t planned to stay so long in the Seychelles, but with water-maker problems we got stuck there. We had Josh’s birthday just before we left for Comoros. He wanted to have it with all the other kids we had been travelling with.
We had BBQ hot-dogs and cake followed by going on tyre rides behind the dinghy.
After the days celebrations we went back to the boat for a family dinner and yet more cake.