Without our beloved pooches, our wallets would be heavier and our homes would be clean,…
Often when we think of the Seychelles, we think of endless stretches of pristine beaches, palm trees and all the sun and fun you can possibly handle, which, we promise it totally is – but there is loads more to do besides just go to the beach, Hello Joburgers.
Make sure to pop some time in your itinerary to see some of these…
Vallée de Mai – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located on Praslin Isand, the Vallée de Mai is a sight to behold. In fact it is so remarkable that it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. This hauntingly beautiful primeval forest is home to some 6000 Coco-de-mer trees, considered to be among the botanical wonders of the world.
The Vallée boasts six endemic palm species as well as many other indigenous trees and is also the last habitat of the endangered Black Parrot.
Close to the highest point you can reach on Mahé by road, Mission Lodge (originally called Venn’s Town) has a superb lookout with spectacular views of central Mahé and the west coast, and some low-slung stone ruins slowly returning to the forest (a school was built here by the London Missionary Society in the 19th century to care for slave children who had been dumped on the island after the abolition of slavery).
Queen Elizabeth II took tea in the small pavilion in 1972, and the ruins are a reminder of Seychelles’ role in the campaign to stamp out the slave trade in the region following the abolition of slavery in 1834.
Calling all divers, this PADI 5 star Snorkel and Dive Centre is based at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort. Situated next to the hotel’s beach fronted Pizzeria Bistro it has directs access to the sandy beach and dive boats.
Established in 1976 it has loyal and long serving multilingual staff with years of local knowledge and experience, and offers many options to suit your schedule.
Three boat dives daily, certification courses, private boat hire and courtesy buses to get you there and back are just some of the services they offer. Get your dive on, HJ!
Eden Art Gallery
Located at Eden Plaza on Eden Island, the gallery is currently the biggest, international contemporary art gallery in Seychelles.
Promoting and selling artworks from other Seychellois and international artists, the gallery features original artworks made from a variety of types of materials such as oil, acrylic, water colour and more. Find a treasure to take home with you, possibly!
Praslin Island boasts its first museum which is located on Cote D’Or and which showcases the traditions of Seychelles as well as its culture in general, also features a garden of endemic and medicinal plants of Seychelles where visitors can view fruit bats and also enjoy a glass of Citronelle tea or local fruit juice.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in coconut dehusking, grilling breadfruit and other traditional activities which give a taste of the traditions of yesteryear.
Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!