Kestrel Feeding Tour at Vallée de Ferney
|Operating Hours||09:30 - 12:30|
|Operating Days||All Days|
|Transportation||Offered as Supplement|
|Comment||Optional Lunch at a supplement|
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Kestrel Feeding Tour at Vallée de Ferney - Overview
The Kestrel Feeding Tour is an excellent opportunity for you to explore the Mauritian flora and fauna whilst also encountering the island’s only bird of prey, the Mauritius Kestrel. During the tour, you will also get the amazing chance to feed the bird.
Vallée de Ferney is mostly composed of partially rehabilitated rain forests with a large number of plant species, most of which are endangered or vulnerable. It is also the natural habitat of the rare Mauritius Kestrel and other endangered species.
After the tour you can have lunch at the La Falaise Rouge restaurant which is famous for its Mauritian cuisine.
As part of this package, you will:
- Have the chance to feed the bird, Kestrel, endemic to Mauritius
- Enjoy a hike within the indigeous forest of the valley
- Get a guided tour of the Valley
- Admire the unique panoramic view of Mahebourg Bay and its surroundings
- Enjoy a delicious lunch at La Falaise Rouge ( Optional )
The Kestrel Feeding Tour at Vallée de Ferney inclusions are:
- Excursions fees ( Visit of Valley De Ferney and Kestrel Feeding)
- Briefing of the visit & A free guided tour
- Feed the rare Mauritians Kestrel Bird
- Chance to meet other creatures such as the Mauritian Flying Fox, pink pigeon etc.
- Optional: Delicious Lunch
- Optional: Pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation anywhere in Mauritius
Transport is available for an additional supplement which will include pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation in Mauritius.
You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:
All drivers speak fluent English and French (Upon special request we can organize drivers who speak additional languages). The drivers, citizens of Mauritius, will be happy to provide you with information about Mauritius and each of its sights.
All drivers are very professional, time efficient and friendly. There is high emphasis on being always on time and providing reliable devoted service to customers.
Vieux Grand Port, South East Coast
|Duration:||This duration of this activity is about 3 hours|
|Operational Days:||This activity is offered everyday|
|Departure time:||09:30 from the Visitor’s Corner, Valley De Ferney
|Return time:||12:45 at the Visitor’s Corner, Valley De Ferney
- 09h30: Arrival at La Vallée de Ferney Visitor’s Corner
- 09h35: Signature of documents
- 09h40: Briefing of the visit
- 09h50: Bus or 4x4 Departure to starting point
- 10h00: Hike Starts
- 11h55: Arrival on “Kestrel Feeding” Spot
- 12h00: Kestrel Feeding
- 12h30: Bus or 4x4 Departure
- 12h45: Arrival at Visitor’s Corner
- 13h00: Lunch at Falaise Rouge or "La Caze Farata"
About the Kestrel Feeding Tour
Spend hours in the middle of a valley, surrounded by lush greenery and have the unique opportunity to encounter the Kestrel bird. This activity is ideal for nature and animal lovers. You will spend a relaxing time in nature and the kestrel feeding activity will be a highlight of your vacations.
The tour will start at La Vallée de Ferney Visitor’s Corner, where you will have to sign documents pertaining to your visit, followed by a briefing of the tour. Usual safety measures include the use of adapted walking shoes, use of mosquito repellent, drinking plenty of water during the trek, keeping mobiles and pagers off when in the forest as well as no littering and no damaging to the animals and plants. After the brief, transport will be provided for you to reach the starting point of the hike.
The hike will allow you to admire indigenous plant species like Ebony trees, Coffea Mauritania, Takamakas, Eugenia Bojeria, Araucarias and other species such as the Ravenala, commonly known as the Traveller’s Tree. As you make your way through the endemic forest, you might also come across the Mauritian Flying Fox, a megabat and other aviary species such as the pink pigeon and the green cateau.
At the end of the 3 km walk, it will be time to feed the kestrels. The reserve’s kestrels will be hand-fed by the guide and should make for quite a spectacle, as you watch them fly and swoop in the forest.
If you wish to have lunch right after, a 100% Mauritian Cuisine awaits you at the restaurant Falaise Rouge offering a superb lagoon view. The restaurant provides an excellent choice of dishes from a typically Mauritian menu, including local produce such as venison, chicken and fish.
Additional Info - Mauritius Kestrel
The Mauritius Kestrel was once regarded as the world’s rarest bird; by 1974 only four were known to exist in the wild. This raptor was once common throughout Mauritius’s coastal and mountain areas. With the destruction and degradation of native forest for lumber and clearing for agriculture, the numbers declined drastically.
However, intensive conservation efforts have increased the population to around 400 individuals: one of the greatest success stories in species recovery programmes. The programme involved a combination of the intensive management of the wild population, captive rearing of rescued eggs as well as captive breeding for release into the wild.
About Vallée de Ferney
Vallée de Ferney is mostly composed of partially rehabilitated rainforests, with a large number of plant species, most of which are endangered or vulnerable. It is also the natural habitat of the rare Mauritius Kestrel and other endangered species.
As one of the last nature refuges on the island, La Vallée de Ferney was opened to the public to provide an exclusive experience of the indigenous biodiversity of Mauritius. Hiking circuits run through the indigenous forests of the valley and guided tours are conducted for groups of 10 people.
- Sport Shoes
- Sun cream & mosquito repellent
- Spare clothes
Optional lunch at Vallée de Ferney - Falaise Rouge Menu
Located 2 minutes away from Ferney La Vallée and 15 minutes from Ferney Nature Lodge, Ferney Falaise Rouge restaurant is just off the sea cliff and offers an incredible sea-view facing the Grand-Port bay and Lion Mountain.
|Kestrel Feeding Tour with lunch|
|Price per Adult:||57 Euros|
|Price per Child (3-10 years):||42 Euros|
|Price per Child (0-2 years):||13 Euros|
|Kestrel Feeding Tour without lunch|
|Price per Adult:||25 Euros|
|Price per Child (3 - 10 years):||13 Euros|
|Price per Child (0 - 2 years):||Free|