Visit To Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve + Lunch Package (rodrigues)
Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve: Visit + Lunch Package
Set in the Southern part of the Rodrigues Island, the Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve is a unique park for giant tortoises and endemic plant species that still existed some centuries back.
Discover this luxuriant 20 hectare nature reserve surrounded by emerging forest and some very rare plants; a stark contrast to the rest of the island where you will have the chance to explore a lush territory of 110,000 endemic and native plants as well as the giant tortoises.
As part of your park’s visit you will get to stroll through the reserve along a 2km long trail allowing you to discover the flora and fauna. You could easily imagine yourself back in time in the company of the giant tortoises, see the rare Rodrigues fruit bat and also opt for a guided tour of the magnificent caves beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites formed over thousands of years.
Another interesting part of the park is the museum where you will learn more about the history of Rodrigues and geology. You will also find a real size sculpture of one of the extinct species of giant tortoise once found on Rodrigues, as well as carapaces of different species of tortoises. To make your visit more pleasant, enjoy the palatable lunch menu with refreshing drink and appetizing dessert.
Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve - Package Inclusion
As part of this package you will benefit:
- Entrance to the Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve
- Delicious Lunch for Adult:
Main: Croc-monsieur Fromage or Special Fried Rice
Drink: Refreshing Lemon Juice
Dessert: Milkshake vanille /chocolat or scoop of vanilla or coconut ice cream
- Delicious Lunch for Children (2-12 years):
Main: Croc-monsieur Fromage or Tomato and Cheese Spaghetti
Drink: Refreshing Lemon Juice
Dessert: Scoop of Vanilla or Coconut Ice Cream
Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve - Package Conditions
Operating Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Operating Days: All Days
Duration: 2 hrs
Activity Time: Flexible
Note: Visit to Cave at: 09:30, 10:30, 13:30 and 14:30
François Leguat Giant Tortoise Reserve
Located in the Southern coast of the island, just some minutes away from the airport, discover this 20-hectares of nature reserve of the rich flora and fauna, including spectacular caves that make up for a unique place to visit.
Here with the introduction of endemic plants, shrubs and trees, along with protected animal species, you will experience the pristine nature of the island as it used to be some 300 years back.
Enjoy a nice stroll and close interaction with the giant tortoises which were once present in large numbers. The reserve is a conservation project that was started by Owen Griffiths a zoologist whose dream was to recreate the fauna and flora as it was when the first settlers arrived in Rodrigues.
Guided tour of the Caves
The visit to the cave is a guided tour where you will be accompanied by experienced (and quite entertaining) guides who will ensure your enjoyment and safety during the caves tour. You will discover a network of eleven caves, the largest of which is 500m in length and is called Grande Caverne. There you will see the beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, formed over thousands of years. As part of the caves tour, you will also discover the limestone plateau, called Plaine Corail. This unique area was created by the wind blowing coral through the limestone rocks.
At the Giant Tortoises Park museum exhibits a real size sculpture of one of the extinct species of giant tortoise once found on Rodrigues, as well as carapaces of different species of tortoises. It is also possible to see many of the bones found in the caves of the reserve of various extinct species such as the solitaire (a relative of the dodo of Mauritius).