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Themed Adventure Packages at La Vanille Nature Park- Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

Have you ever wanted to pet giant tortoises or encounter crocodiles? Or have your kids been dreaming of seeing lemurs up-close ever since watching King Julien from the Madagascar franchise? Come along for a fun, adventurous day at the La Vanille Crocodile Park and Nature Reserve located in the south of the island.

The park houses an impressive number of fully-grown crocodiles and their babies, along with giant tortoises in an open enclosure, lemurs, bats, birds, monkeys and other petting zoo animals.

You can choose from either of the 2 hand-picked theme packages, based on your personal needs and the type of experience you are looking for. Each package also offers a delectable lunch served with beverages at the restaurant "The Hungry Crocodile".

Package 1: In the world of Giant Tortoises - Park Visit + Interaction and Feeding Tortoises and Lemurs + Visit Tortoise Nursery + Lunch
OR
Package 2: Crocodile Adventure - Park Visit + Visit Baby Crocodile Nursery + Crocodile Feeding Show + Lunch + Optional: Crocodile Feeding


Overview of Themed packages at La Vanille Nature Park

Package 1: In the world of Giant Tortoises

As part of the visit, you will get to feed the tortoises at the nursery, encounter & feed giant Aldabra tortoises, interact with Lemurs, visit 3 of the park’s museums and enjoy an Indian lunch at the restaurant "The Hungry Crocodile".

You will also have a beautiful photo souvenir session to immortalize your wonderful experience.

Themed Adventure Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

Included in this package:

  • Visit of La Vanille Crocodile Park and Nature Reserve
  • Guided visit and interaction with the Giant Aldabra Tortoises in their enclosure
  • Guided visit and interactions with Lemurs in their enclosure
  • Visit of the 3 museums
  • Indian lunch in the midst of nature
 

Package 2: Crocodile Adventure

Experience a fun crocodile adventure including the amazing chance to feed Nile crocodiles and encounter baby crocodiles. You will also have a beautiful photo souvenir to commemorate the wonderful moment of you holding a baby crocodile.

Savour a delicious lunch at the restaurant "The Hungry Crocodile" to sample their delightful crocodile menu.

Themed Adventure Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

Included in this package:

  • Visit of La Vanille Crocodile Park and Nature Reserve
  • Guided visit of the Baby Crocodiles nursery
  • Offer a treat to Baby Crocodiles
  • Take a photo with a Baby Crocodile
  • Watch Crocodile Feeding Show
  • Participate in the Crocodile Feeding Show (optional, at an additional supplement)
  • Lunch in the midst of nature

Additional Information about the Themed Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

Package 1: In the world of Giant Tortoises

Starting with a visit of the Giant Tortoises Park, you will encounter the Aldabra tortoises- the last surviving giant tortoise species that once populated the Indian Ocean islands. You will have the brilliant chance of feeding them their favourite plant, the Heliotropium foertherianum, commonly known as the velvetleaf or veloutier.

Aldabra baby tortoises can be seen at the Tortoise Nursery, where you will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the park’s conservation projects while you hold and interact the little ones.

Themed Adventure Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

After this incredible experience, you will move on to interacting with Lemurs in their enclosure. They are very social creatures and you will surely enjoy spending time with them. They are popular for the fun antics and interesting behaviours.

Next, visit 3 museums of the park; the Insectarium that houses a collection of insects with more than 26000 species, the Lost World of the Dodo that displays fossils of the extinct bird and the Fossil Museum that holds hundreds of fossils from Madagascar, as well as a mural of what living ammonites would have looked like in their natural environment at the time of the dinosaurs.

Enjoy an Indian lunch at the restaurant "The Hungry Crocodile", that will welcome you in its unique setting, overlooking the park’s forested valley.

Do not leave without your photo souvenir of your amazing experiences.

Lunch at the Hungry Crocodile Restaurant

The Hungry Crocodile (Le Crocodile Affamé) restaurant welcomes you in a luxuriant green setting. Enjoy a selection of Indian dishes specially prepared by the Chef from a menu consisting of a starter, main course and dessert.

Lunch Menu

  • Rum Granita and passion fruit
  • 7 cari (Indian specialty)
  • Homemade pie and ice cream
  • Beverages: beer, water, fizzy drinks

Child Menu

  • Burger & Fries or Chicken Escalope and Fries Or Spaghetti Bolognese or Neapolitan
  • Ice cream
  • Beverages: juice or fizzy drinks
 

Package 2: Crocodile Adventure

Starting with a visit to the Crocodiles’ Enclosure you will get to see Nile crocodiles up-close, which have a fairly deserved reputation as a vicious predator. The Nile crocodile is also the largest freshwater predator in Africa, and may be considered the second-largest existing crocodilian in the world, after the saltwater crocodile.These crocodiles can reach up to 7 meters in length and take down everything from hippos to humans. Seeing them in front of your very eyes can feel quite surreal.

Themed Adventure Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

Visit the Nursery to encounter baby crocodiles and get a picture taken with you holding one of the small reptiles. The accompanying caretaker will give you a tour of the breeding center and share fun facts and their personal experiences with the fierce little creatures. The young crocodiles are split into different age groups, so you can really get a sense of how quickly they grow.

A highlight of this package and an activity not to be missed is the Crocodile Feeding Show. You will be able to witness these fierce beasts, leap and snap at the food being lowered into their enclosure. For a supplement, you can even enjoy the fantastic opportunity of feeding them yourself - in complete safety of course.

For lunch, head to the restaurant The Hungry Crocodile, that will welcome you in its unique setting, overlooking the park’s forested valley with a unique menu featuring crocodile meat.

Lunch at the Hungry Crocodile Restaurant

The Hungry Crocodile (Le Crocodile Affamé) restaurant welcomes you in a luxuriant green setting. Enjoy an exotic menu of crocodile meat, specially prepared by the Chef from a menu consisting of a starter, main course, dessert.

Lunch Menu

  • Rum Granita and Passion Fruit
  • Crocodile Meat Curry
  • Mango Sorbet
  • Drinks: Beer, water, fizzy drinks

Child Menu

  • Burger & Fries or Chicken Escalope & Fries OR Spaghetti Bolognese or Neapolitan
  • Ice cream
  • Drinks: Juice, fizzy drinks

About the Aldabra Tortoises

Following their global popularity, particularly in Europe, North America and East Asia, the poaching of wild tortoises led to the extinction of many species. At one point, the giant Aldabra tortoises had almost completely disappeared from Mauritius.

La Vanille Nature Park has been one of the largest associations catering to Aldabra tortoises in the world. Nearly 1,000 specimens populate the park and are part of the conservation program. The park's mission is to protect and care for these endangered species.

The Tortoise Nursery

Have you ever dreamt of encountering these fantastic animals? Or do you want to find out what goes on behind the scenes at the park? Visit the tortoise nursery to encounter Aldabra giant tortoises and feed them. As part of the visit, you will get to feed the baby tortoises, learn about the breeding programme at La Vanille Nature Park.


Themed Adventure Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

About the Lemurs

Found in only one area on Earth- in Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands, lemurs are considered as one of the world’s most endangered group of mammals.

At La Vanille Nature Park, you will be able to encounter ring-tailed lemurs. Lemurs are very social creatures and live in groups called troops. They can be observed sunbathing during the early morning hours, sitting upright on the ground, arms held out from the sides and resting on their knees, much like a human in a yoga meditation position.


About Nile Crocodiles

This is the largest species of crocodile found in Africa and Madagascar. It can reportedly grow to 7 m, but the average length for males is around 5.2 m, with females reaching around 3.5 m. They can grow up to 80 cm in their first year, but the rate then slows down. The average lifespan is between 60 to 100 years. Large crocodiles eat approximately 120 kg of food per year and may weigh more than 500 kg.

The majority of an adult crocodile’s diet comes from fish, although they will also eat large mammals such as zebra, antelope and giraffe and any other unfortunate creature found near the water’s edge, including the occasional human and also other crocodiles. They are strong swimmers and can stay underwater for up to half an hour. The crocodiles in the reserve come from the population originally imported from Madagascar in 1985. Today La Vanille houses around 1500 individuals in various stages of growth.


About La Vanille Nature Park- Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

Set in a tropical forest, in the midst of exotic fauna and flora, the park comprises of a large number of crocodiles grouped according to age and species in secured enclosures. La Vanille Crocodile Park also showcases a diverse range of animal species, including giant tortoises in an open enclosure, iguanas, deer, and wild pigs, amongst others.

Themed Adventure Packages at Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

You can also learn more about various insects and colourful butterflies at the park’s Insectarium that hosts one of the largest collections of insects in the world; a 30-year-old collection by Jacques Siedleck of over 20,000 species of insects and butterflies originating from all five continents.

Fun-loving children are welcome to indulge themselves in the specially designed play area that includes various entertaining activities and a mini petting farm. For lunch, you can head to Le Crocodile Affamé (the Famished Crocodile) restaurant that offers an exotic menu featuring crocodile meat dishes as their specialty along with other conventional meals.

At the Ammonites museum, the latest addition to the park, you will get to explore a world-class exhibit of hundreds of ammonite fossils from Madagascar. It displays the fascinating diversity, biology, and means of collecting and processing Ammonites, one of the most popular and easily recognized of all fossils.


Comments

  • Children MUST be accompanied by an adult

Package 1: In the world of Giant Tortoises - Park Visit + Interaction and Feeding Tortoises and Lemurs + Visit Tortoise Nursery + Lunch

Tortoise Feeding

  • Times: 10h00

Tortoise Nursery Visit

  • Times: 10h30, 11h00 and 14h00
  • Duration of the visit: 30 minutes

Lemur Feeding

  • Times: Flexible
  • Duration of the visit: 20 minutes
 

Package 2: Crocodile Adventure - Park Visit + Visit Baby Crocodile Nursery + Crocodile Feeding Show + Lunch + Optional: Crocodile Feeding

Baby Crocodile Feeding Activity

  • Time: 10h30
  • The Baby Crocodile Feeding Activity includes 3 pieces of chicken for 1 or 3 persons

Crocodile Feeding Show

  • Time: 11h30
  • Only adults can participate in the Crocodile Feeding Show

Prices

Package 1: In the world of Giant Tortoises - Park Visit + Interaction and Feeding Tortoises and Lemurs + Visit Tortoise Nursery + Lunch

  • Price per Adult: 80 Euros
  • Price per Child: 68 Euros

Package 2: Crocodile Adventure - Park Visit + Visit Baby Crocodile Nursery + Crocodile Feeding Show + Lunch + Optional: Crocodile Feeding

  • Price per Adult (excluding the crocodile feeding activity): 82 Euros
  • Price Per Adult (including the crocodile feeding activity): 136 Euros
  • Price per Child: 78 Euros

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