Bel Air Cemetery
The Bel Air Cemetery found in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles is the oldest historic site in the country dating back to the late 18th century. It was the first official burial ground to be opened on Mahé. Some of the individuals buried here include Charles Dorothée Savy who was a nine-foot-tall giant, Jean-Francois Hodoul who was a corsair and the mysterious Pierre-Louis Poiret.
The Victoria Clock Tower
Found in Victoria, The Victoria Clock Tower was built as a copy of London’s Big Ben on the orders of Sir Ernest Sweet-Escott due to his fascination with the structure. It is and has been the most prominent feature of Victoria for over 100 years since 1903.
The Mission Lodge, situated just below the summit of Sans Soucis on the outskirts of Victoria gives one of the most extraordinary views of the ruins of Venn’s town on Mahé’s west coast. The town was later renamed Capucin. Built in the 19th century, it was a site of a farm and boarding school for liberated slave children.
Morne Seychelles National Park
Morne Seychelles National Park, the largest national park in Seychelles is located 5 kilometres from Victoria covering 20% of the area of Mahé, the largest island in the country. There are seven official nature trails to help you explore the pristine environment of coastal mangrove forests and a deserted central part.
Morne Seychellois is the highest mountain in Seychelles found in Morne Seychelles National about 5 kilometres from Victoria Park. It is 905 metres high.
Aride is one of the world’s most important nature reserves, a breeding ground for more than one million seabirds. It has more breeding species than any other island in Seychelles. It is also home to a variety of other endemic bird species, including the Magpie Robin, the Fodie, the Brush Warbler and the Blue Pigeon. Plants such as Wright’s Gardenia grow in profusion, turtles nest on the beaches and the waters offshore are rich with marine life.
Bicentennial Monument, erected in 1978 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the town of Victoria are three pairs of extended white wings in masonry, standing on the roundabout at the 5th of June and Liberation Avenues in Victoria. The three wings represent the origins of the Seychellois people, who can best be described as a happy blend of the ethnic groups of three continents: Africa, Europe, and Asia.
The Dauban Mausoleum located about 37 kilometres from Victoria is one of the distinct features in Seychelles. This imposing architecture features a set of six proportionally massive columns which are aligned on the façade and on part of the lateral sides. It gives insight into a series of social and economic aspects highlighting both the status of the Dauban family in the first half of the 19th century and the level of economic prosperity of the island then.
Aldabra is the world’s second largest coral atoll situated about 1150 kilometres from Victoria. It contains the world’s largest population of giant tortoises that is 100,000 endemic Aldabra Giant Tortoises that dominate the ecosystem. There are various other endemic species of animals and plants including the flightless Aldabra rail.
Victoria Botanical Gardens
Victoria Botanical Gardens are located on the outskirts of Victoria. Five hundred species of exotic and indigenous plants share 15 acres with fruit bats, birds and giant tortoises. The famous Coco de Mer palm whose hollow, curiously twinned nuts have been prized for centuries and which only grows in the Seychelles is found here.