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Valriche Reserve Naturelle

Duration: Half Day

valriche reserve naturelle

On this magnificent nature tour we take you to an exceptionally beautiful nature reserve that you can fully explore while engaging in your preferred touring activities: cycling, trekking or quad biking, we bring you the opportunity of doing it all! Whether you want to go on fantastic quad bikes, a panoramic 4x4 jeep or explore these amazing grounds by trekking or cycling…the Valriche Nature Reserve are the best grounds to indulge in these recreational sports. Come along for a day of pure escapism at one of Mauritius’s largest and most beautiful nature reserves!

The vast estate of Valriche stretches out to 2500 magnificent hectares that majestically stand in a privileged position rising at an altitude of 400 metres above sea level. The scenery is simply inspiring and we are sure you’ll be gazing in awe at the landscape of hills, plains and cascading waterfalls, one of which is the highest in the island rising to a height of a gigantic 162 metres. You will be awestruck as you contemplate the unique biodiversity of flora and fauna found here, all contributing to an exclusive eco-tourism experience that puts you in perfect harmony with nature.

Treat your eyes to an impressive colour fest of nature’s most vibrant shades and tones that can be appreciated in the wide variety of botanical species, many of which were introduced by the colonists upon their arrival to this enchanting island. Medicinal plants, fruit trees, invading species as well as various shrubs are all part of Valriche’s ecosystem which also accounts with some unique indigenous species such as ebony, wild apple, rosin and candlewood. And as far as wildlife is concerned, here you will find a large colony of cute fruit bats, representing the island’s only indigenous mammals. There are also wild boars, monkeys and about 200 stags that are home-bred and all roaming freely in their homeland of Valriche. In addition to this, you will also find a variety of tropical bird species including the nearly extinct “cateaux vert” of which only 250 exemplars remain in the island. A true delight for those bird lovers!

Indulge in this natural adventure with one of our double-seater quad bikes that will take you on a full 3 hour guided tour through the wonders of Valriche. Join in the thrilling activity of driving your own quad bike in the company of your loved one (if preferred) and tour around the main highlights of this vast natural reserve. Alternatively, if you’re travelling with kids you could do this tour on a 4x4 jeep instead, especially recommended for families with children younger than 12. Our panoramic 4x4 jeeps have several stopovers and include some gentle walks of 5 minutes to discover by foot the various amazing viewpoints for admiring the surrounding flora and fauna. You and your loved ones could come across about 70 different species of plants!

On the other hand for those more active explorers we have a fabulous combined trekking and cycling tour. No matter your level of fitness we are sure most people will find the endurance of this tour bearable and pleasant. The tour includes an amazing 2 hours walk along a river and a deer farming area plus 20 minutes of gentle cycling along the old chimney o Frederica all the way back to the Welcoming centre.

After so much excitement and to recover from all the exhaustion of your Valriche adventure we take you to the nearby “Le Chateu” Restaurant, a former colonial mansion that after having been restored to its former glory, is now fully converted into a charming restaurant where you can enjoy a succulent meal whilst dreaming about times gone by. Exuding an old-world charm, this restaurant with its antique panelling, furniture and high ceilings is an enchanting setting to refresh your senses.

And for the final activity of the day we continue towards Le Domaine del Bel Ombre to discover yet more wonders of this marvelous and vast Mauritius estate. Come and join us for a day of pure escapism amidst the wildest and richest of Mauritian nature!

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