Reopening of the Valle de Mai Nature Park on Praslin

Reopening of the Valle de Mai Nature Park on Praslin




Press release from 19.07.2020

The Valle de Mai is a 19.5 ha large nature park, it is located on the second largest Seychelles-Island Praslin and is known above all for its endemic flora.
Here, one strolls under huge coco de mer leaves, past millionaire palms and over some small rivers. It is also the home of the black parrot "Kato Noir" which only occurs on this island.
In 1983 the park was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

19.07.2020

Author:
Karl Schnürch

Translation of the original:
Karl Schnürch

Source:
Own research

Seychelles News Agency
Seychelles Islands Foundation

From now on the park is to reopen for visitors, there is a new booking system to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff during the ongoing corona crisis, as soon as tourism resumes in the Seychelles.

The booking procedure:
Visitors must first send an email to [email protected] or call 00248-2595400 or send a WhatsApp message. You must include your full name, contact numbers, the number of people in a group, and the date and time of your visit.

Bookings can be made during the entire working week (8.00 - 16.00 hours). For weekend visits, however, bookings must be made by Friday, 12.00 noon at the latest. Once bookings have been made, they will be confirmed or rescheduled within 1 hour (during the working week) of the booking by e-mail or telephone call. To cancel or reschedule, visitors must notify SIF 4 hours in advance.

While tourist numbers remain low, visitors can book several one-hour slots for the duration of their visit. However, this slot allocation may change depending on the booking volume.

A maximum of 4 persons may participate per slot

The Opening hours are from 09.00 - 16.00 (the last admission is at 15.00)

With the introduction of this new booking system, SIF (Seychelles Islands Foundation) can once again make this UNESCO World Heritage Site accessible to the public. Despite the difficult current circumstances, Seychellois can still enter the park free of charge. The ticket prices for tourists remain unchanged for the time being at SCR350

Other measures that SIF is taking in the face of these unprecedented times include the development of a COVID19 health and safety policy for its employees, the acceptance of electronic payments for the sale of Vallée de Mai tickets and other transactions, and the installation of hand disinfectant dispensers and other facilities to improve hygiene and social distance.

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