La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes Crocodile Park
Located in the south side of Mauritius, an apt climate has given rise to a tropical atmosphere which is suitable for breeding and nourishment of wild animals. Inhabited by over 1000 crocodiles, mostly obtained from Madagascar, it is a unique and adventurous sight.
The park is also home to: Giant Tortoises, Monkeys, Stags and Giant Iguanas among others. You also get the opportunity to feed and ride the tortoises, if lucky, you could also get the opportunity to hold and caress a baby crocodile. Truly the place to be for a wild life enthusiast.
La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes was opened in 1985 in the far south of the island. This part of the island has, more than any part, kept a feeling of "old Mauritius", whether it is the manner of the people, their traditions or even the unspoilt scenery.
Owen Griffiths, biologist and cofounder of the La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, was the person behind the idea to reintroduce giant tortoises to the Island of Rodrigues. This "vision" to re-make Rodrigues the giant tortoise island as described by François Leguat 315 years ago, is now a reality. Already La Vanille has sent over 300 captive bred Aldabra tortoises, raised over the last 20 years back to Rodrigues, to the Francois Leguat Tortoise and Cave Reserve, which you will now be able to visit if you go to our sister island Rodrigues.
A "must-see" is the collection of butterflies and other brightly-colored insects, which is one of the largest and most fascinating in the world. It took Mr Jacques Siedlecki 33 years of patient work to put together this amazing collection, and he will greet you himself, and tell all about his passion for insects.
The Park is open everyday from 9h30 to 17h00 and we feed the Crocodiles every Wednesday at 11h30.