After our flight landed in Mauritius, we went straight to the resort where we had booked our room. Since we were tired a little, and by the time we checked into our hotel room it was already 4pm, therefore we decided to take some rest. After resting, we went out in the evening to check out the local market. On the next day, it was the time for us to visit the first tourist spot in Mauritius. Well, it was la vanille reserve des Mascareignes Mauritius, also known as the la vanilla crocodile park and nature reserve.
My 10 years old son, Joseph is quite fond of visiting nature reserve and zoological parks. Considering his penchant and love for Nature, I and my husband decided to begin our exploration with this crocodile park, which features other animals too. Even though it was a little far from the main city, the popularity of the park was worth it.
The park is located in Rivere des Anguilles, which is present in the southern part of the Island. The hotel manager had told me that since it is not possible to reach the park from the east, west, or central plateau of the Island, therefore the distance is a bit longer.
After a drive of almost an hour, all three of us were finally at the entry of the park. When the chauffer was parking the car, Joseph got excited suddenly as the spotted few deer and sheep too. Then the chauffer told us that a few years ago Mauritius used to be a perfect place for farm animals, but with the growth of industrialization, faming took the back seat.
During our visit to the crocodile reserve, we came across the much feared Nile crocodiles, and even the giant tortoise. One of the tortoises was 95 years old, having weight of 275kgs! It took
nearly 2 hours to check out the entire area, where we confronted more than hundreds of species. Overall, it was a memorable experience for us, especially for our son, as he got a chance to see
the different aspects of Mother Nature.