La Vanille Nature Park
La Vanille Nature Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
La Vanille Nature Park is an idyllic and stunning park of lush tropical vegetation covering 3.5 hectares. Enjoy the unforgettable experience of walking amongst the largest group of captive-bred giant Aldabra tortoises in the world. We have more than 1000 tortoises in the park, in addition to 2000 Nile Crocodiles as well as a variety of other animals such as monkeys, iguanas, bats, deer, geckos, eels, wild boar and more... You can also visit our Insectarium with more than 23,000 specimens, an aquarium and fossil museum. New at La Vanille: A petting farm, pony rides. Our guides and animators will fill your visit with intense memories.
Duration: More than 3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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  • llllccccc
    Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
    Worth it to feed the animals
    Small zoo type of park, but great animal feeding options make it worth it! There are about 20 species on display, almost all native to the area which is nice. But the standout is the ability to feed the animals yourself. Feeding the giant tortoises by hand is so much fun and not an experience available in many other countries. At only 500 rupees admission, this is a good way to spend a half day in Mauritius is you like animals.
    Hello llllccccc, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a precious review on our park, we really appreciate it. We hope to see you soon for some more good adventures :)
    Written 7 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2023
  • kevidi
    9 contributions
    Amazing
    Amazing experience at la Vanille nature park. All natural and animal friendly environment. No long tiring walks especially with kids. Love the fact that the babies animals live with their mommies. Staff is so friendly and welcoming at the restaurant and turtles/ crocodile feeding. The insectarium is unbelievable and the staff so nice. Only the lady at the booth to take photo with baby crocodile was rude and arrogant. She did not even look at us, probably because we are mauritians and just preferred to talk to tourists.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Lucy L
    Belfast, United Kingdom59 contributions
    Very good
    I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in animals and conservation. There is lots of information about the animals and how the park is doing its part to support the animals and increase their numbers and protect them from well basically humans. The animals ( yes even the crocs) were adorable. Not sure about the crocodile on the menu in the restaurant ,it seemed a bit insensitive but each to their own.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Deimante
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Was great
    Traveled all the way from bele mare district, it was worth the travel. Seeing turtles was great experience, you can feed and touch them. Also you can see other animals there, have dinner in restaurant ant try croco meat. Price of ticket for 2 ppl is around £30 which is quite cheap comparing with other countries for this kind of experience and adventure.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • margerie h
    Upchurch, United Kingdom108 contributions
    Meet the tortoise
    We only found this place due to trip advisor as it it not well advertised and no one was offering trips here. We drove here from our hotel especially to meet the tortoise and so glad we did.you can buy for a small fee some branches to feed them there is loads of them , Scratch the bottom of their necks and they raise up and Sretch their heads up they are adorable 😍 It was not overly busy either so you can really get hands on with them . There is also loads of crocodiles which you can watch being fed and some lovely gardens to walk around. Apart from that there is a few monkeys in cages (which I don't like to see). Worth going just for the tortoise.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Tiff_Dec_W
    Witham, United Kingdom24 contributions
    Nice 2-3 hour trip
    We had planned to come here and drove ourselves. The tortoises were incredible and we hadn't seen any like it before, you can buy leaves for them to eat which was an amazing experience but they have alot of veg scattered anyway so could just pick that up!! My husband was most excited about seeing the crocodiles, they were huge and we had never seen one before in real life so was both mesmerized. A really lovely little animal park that we would recommend visiting with or without children.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Kata0229
    Szentendre, Hungary130 contributions
    Nice
    If you are visiting othet places in the southern area, may be worth visiting. But not in itself. For us it was recommended by a local person, so we had high expectations. The park is beauriful but very small. We spent less than an hour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 November 2023
  • kevraquet
    Fareham, United Kingdom77 contributions
    Great nature park
    Went here with open mind but thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of other animals to see ,and enjoyed feeding the baby crocs. Never seen so many tortoises in my life ,hundreds from massive to tiny babies.restaurant well priced , easy to get around.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, United Kingdom6,243 contributions
    Pleasant but expensive
    €20 is expensive for what is there but it was a nice break from the beaches. Zoo like for the main features, the crocodile enclosure, lemurs, monkeys and iguanas. Small but very nice woodland walk which won’t take long but is quite picturesque. The highlight is the tortoise enclosure. This is quite a large open area where you can walk among the giant tortoises, and they are big and there are lots of them. That was a nice experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
  • MariskadeGraaf
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands118 contributions
    Tortoise feeding is great!
    To begin with: I booked for November 11, when the park just recovered from heavy rainfall days earlier. I could therefore not visit on November 11, but the park was so kind to offer to transfer my tickets to November 13, when the weather was quiet and the park had recovered from the flooding. I really loved the feeding of the tortoises. There a lot of them, you can find your own little corner to feed the tortoise you want and the animals do not seem to be under any stress. I fed three tortoises at the same time. For about 2 euros you can buy a strain of the branches they love to eat. Definitely worth it! We also tried to find the beauty in the rest of the park, but some of the crocodiles and reptiles seemed to be in small bassins or cages. The indoor exhibitions with butterflies and moths and fossils were quite good though.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
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Maja J
Pula, Croatia15 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
The park is nice, its was very humid during our visit as the park has jungle like vegetation and the temperatures were high with also rain sipping through couple of times. Highlight were the crocodile feeding and big turtles. We did not see the lemurs or monkey really so overall would say you can pass 2 hours of your time there (if you don't stop to eat at the park). Souvenir shop has super high prices covered to other nature parks we visited.
Written 17 January 2024
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Peter P
Bratislava, Slovakia10 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Second time here. Very nice visit with kids. Everything clean, lot of crocodiles,collection of insects and butterflies is impressive. The crocodile feeding "theater" is a bit "humiliating" from my POV. Good restaurant.
Written 13 January 2024
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James C
Coventry, UK3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing, especially by middle income country standards. Animals appear well looked after except the deer which are in a small cramped enclosure with no grass and nowhere to escape the mosquitos.

Very good value. Best part was the giant tortoises, we spent two hours just feeding and interacting with them. Was the best part of our holiday by a mile.
Written 27 December 2023
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MariskadeGraaf
Eindhoven, The Netherlands118 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
To begin with: I booked for November 11, when the park just recovered from heavy rainfall days earlier. I could therefore not visit on November 11, but the park was so kind to offer to transfer my tickets to November 13, when the weather was quiet and the park had recovered from the flooding.

I really loved the feeding of the tortoises. There a lot of them, you can find your own little corner to feed the tortoise you want and the animals do not seem to be under any stress. I fed three tortoises at the same time. For about 2 euros you can buy a strain of the branches they love to eat. Definitely worth it!

We also tried to find the beauty in the rest of the park, but some of the crocodiles and reptiles seemed to be in small bassins or cages. The indoor exhibitions with butterflies and moths and fossils were quite good though.
Written 30 November 2023
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
€20 is expensive for what is there but it was a nice break from the beaches. Zoo like for the main features, the crocodile enclosure, lemurs, monkeys and iguanas. Small but very nice woodland walk which won’t take long but is quite picturesque. The highlight is the tortoise enclosure. This is quite a large open area where you can walk among the giant tortoises, and they are big and there are lots of them. That was a nice experience.
Written 27 November 2023
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Liz F
London, UK19 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
It took some time to find this place but after hearing subsequently that there is a suggestion that the problem of stray dogs in Mauritius is partly dealt with by feeding them alive to crocodiles I wish we had not gone.

On arrival there, there were strays outside including two that were unable to use a front leg each. There is no water outside for strays and perhaps that is indicative of the attitude to animal welfare. When I mentioned this I was told 'the vet had seen them' although it lacked conviction. I had no idea then of what fate might await the dogs.

The turtles are good to see and there are monkeys and an iguana.
Written 26 November 2023
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kevraquet
Fareham, UK77 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Went here with open mind but thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of other animals to see ,and enjoyed feeding the baby crocs. Never seen so many tortoises in my life ,hundreds from massive to tiny babies.restaurant well priced , easy to get around.
Written 19 November 2023
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Kata0229
Szentendre, Hungary130 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
If you are visiting othet places in the southern area, may be worth visiting. But not in itself. For us it was recommended by a local person, so we had high expectations. The park is beauriful but very small. We spent less than an hour.
Written 2 November 2023
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Babs
Appley Bridge, UK43 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Small nature park well worth visiting only found it on trip advisor and included in our south of the island trip. Didn’t disappoint the tortoises are the highlight we were mesmerised with them some over a hundred years old and so big and gentle as you pat and feed them they are in a lovely enclosure and well looked after
Crocodiles also amongst lots of other animals to see , there is a good elevated cafe on site with a good selection, great experience
Written 29 October 2023
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Tiff_Dec_W
Witham, UK24 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had planned to come here and drove ourselves. The tortoises were incredible and we hadn't seen any like it before, you can buy leaves for them to eat which was an amazing experience but they have alot of veg scattered anyway so could just pick that up!!
My husband was most excited about seeing the crocodiles, they were huge and we had never seen one before in real life so was both mesmerized. A really lovely little animal park that we would recommend visiting with or without children.
Written 18 October 2023
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