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
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  • Lucy L
    Belfast, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Hungary141 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Kingdom6,890 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 Netherlands136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • James C
    Coventry, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park, unless you are a deer
    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.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Peter P
    Bratislava, Slovakia12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Second visit, not dissappointed
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 January 2024
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Solanki
London, UK277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Lovely walk of ancient nature and reptiles including iguanas, crocodiles, alligators, tortoises, reptiles museum and see the ducks , chicken, donkeys. Well worth taking a picture with baby croc sent digitally or printed for about 300rs. And entrance about £18 with half price for Above 3yrs
Written 23 June 2024
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hyundailiz
London, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Excellent nature park. Was so nice to be up close to the Giant Tortoises and actually be able to feed and touch them.
Location not the easiest to get to, we took a bus and then taxi, which was quite reasonably priced.
Can recommend this as a great day out for everyone
Written 22 June 2024
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TRS10
Dubai, United Arab Emirates173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We visited the park with our 2 children and they really loved it. The crocodiles, baby monkeys and giant turtles were the most loved ones. Feeding the turtles was also a great experience for them
Written 21 June 2024
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Ula P
Germany46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I was there with organize group, day tour.Lovely place.In that Park u can be very close with animals, it's fantastic idea. Turtels are very sweet.On the Area La Vanile
is also Restaurant when you can taste crocodile, nice experience. It is place to be.
Written 15 June 2024
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Emma P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Kids loved it! It was interactive, reasonably priced and the staff were helpful/ informative. We would definitely recommend and visit again when we are next in Mauritius.
Written 15 June 2024
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Abigail M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed feeding the giant tortoises! The park is relatively small but definitely worth visiting. We also watched the crocodile feeding - generally felt like the crocs had a lot more space than they usually do in the UK which is good!
Written 9 June 2024
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rilasata
United Kingdom311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited as part of an excursion to the central south of Mauritius. The nature park more than exceeded our expectations. Yes it is small. And known as the crocodile park. But the real gem is the giant tortoise area. Hundreds of giant tortoises. From newborns in the nursery to the 115 year old veteran. The enclosure is open to walk into and be surrounded by these amazing “moving rocks”, and you can buy leaves for a small fee to hand feed them. Also impressive but perhaps sadder is the huge collection of captured and catalogued insects. All varieties and sizes.

There is feeding of the crocodiles to watch. And also flying foxes, alligators and a few other animals. Well worth a visit.
Written 24 May 2024
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Regis M
Southend-on-Sea, England, United Kingdom11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Nice & simple little nature park with a lot of crocodile, tortoises (that you can feed) and a fabulous restaurant.
Very clean toilets.
Ideal for younger children.
Done in 2 to 3 hours max including lunch
Loved it
Written 12 April 2024
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Lily R
London, UK153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing park. The entrance price has becomed a bit steep for non resident (around 900rs), but the staff is nice and the turtles seem well treated that it's worth it. Plan for a half day visit, try to see the small croc feeding at 11 am then the big crocs at 11.30am, then the turtles at 1pm. They are also bats, lemurs and monkeys. We've been 3 times already
Written 26 March 2024
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Peter H
Pezinok, Slovakia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
If you are looking for something else than regular zoo, go for it. This may be only place where you can spend a time with giant turtles, feed them and watch them. It's definitely worth of visiting, not only turtles, crocodiles but only insectarium was really amazing.
Written 22 March 2024
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