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Location South
Operating Hours 09:30 - 17:00
Operating Days All Days
Duration Flexible
Activity Time Flexible
Transportation Offered as Supplement
Comment It is recommended to be at the park at 11:30 - the crocodiles feeding time.
Operating Hours
09:30 - 17:00
Operating Days
All Days
Activity Time
Offered as Supplement
It is recommended to be at the park at 11:30 - the crocodiles feeding time.

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Overview & Highlights

Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park And Nature Reserve - Overview

The Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park is home to various species of animals and plants. It is set in a beautiful rainforested valley with natural freshwater springs, making for a beautiful stroll as you discover the amazing creatures. As part of your visit to the park, you will have a guided tour around the enclosures, learning interesting facts about the animals.

Although the park is famous for its crocodiles, it also features many other animals like tortoises, iguanas and monkeys amongst others. The highlight of the trip will definitely be seeing the crocodiles in real life - an experience to behold!

Highlights of this activity:

  • Visit the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park which is home to various species of animals
  • Get the chance to see numerous crocodiles & alligators from up close (as safely possible)
  • Visit the tortoise nursery to get the rare chance to interact with Giant Tortoises
  • Live feeding shows with Crocodiles, Baby crocodiles & Giant tortoises
  • Visit the Mini zoo and encounter other animals up close, including their friendly Iguana
  • Kids can have fun in the “Jungle Adventure Playground”
  • Discover some delicacies at the highly recommended Hungry Crocodile Restaurant

What's Included

Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park And Nature Reserve - Inclusions

  • Visit of Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Nature Park - La Vanille Crocodile Park
  • Guided tours by the Park’s guides
  • Observation of the crocodiles and alligators with maximum safety
  • Discover baby crocodiles in their different growth stages*
  • View the Giant Tortoises
  • Visit the fossil museum, insectarium and other enclosures
  • Access to the mini zoo and petting farm**
  • Optional (for a supplement) : Lunch at the Hungry Crocodile

Free Activities (Included in your ticket)

  • Big Crocodile feeding show (everyday at 11.30)
  • Baby Crocodile feeding show (everyday at 13.30)
  • Meet Octar, the Iguana (everyday at 10.30 & 14.30)
  • Feeding of Giant Tortoises show (everyday at 11.00 & 13.00)

Optional Activities (For a supplement)

  • Visit the tortoise nursery and get a chance to feed and interact with them
  • Feed the Baby Crocodiles (3 pieces of chicken per feed)


*Printed picture with the baby crocodile is not included in the package and is payable onsite.

**Food and bottle at the petting farm is not included in the package and is payable onsite.

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Transportation & Driver Details

Transport is available for an additional supplement and will include pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation in Mauritius.

Car Capacities

You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:

Family Car - Up to 4 passengers
6 Seater vehicle - Up to 6 passengers
Minivan - Up to 10 passengers
About the Drivers

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.

Meeting Point & Times
Meeting Point:

Riviere Des Anguilles, Southern Region

Start & End times:
Operating Days: Everyday 
Operating Hours: 09:30-17:00
Duration: The duration of the famous Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park is flexible
Tortoise Nursery Visit: 10h30, 11h00 & 14h00
Feed Giant Tortoises: All day
Feed Baby Crocodiles: 11h00 &13h00 
Meet Octar, the Iguana:  10.30 & 14.30
Live Shows  
Big Crocodile feeding show : Everyday at 11.30
Baby Crocodile feeding show : Everyday at 13.30
Feeding of Giant Tortoises: Everyday at 11.00 & 13.00


Full Description

Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park And Nature Reserve

Home to the second largest crocodilian and one of the largest tortoises in the world, Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park And Nature Reserve (La Vanille Nature Park) invites you to discover its unique park through its animal enclosures, lush and exotic vegetation, insectarium and museum.

Visit and Tour of the Nature Reserve

As part of your visit to the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park, the park’s guides will lead you through some unforgettable walks - be amazed by the beautiful sceneries and the animal encounters.

Thousands of Nile crocodiles and giant tortoises are found in the park and you can watch them in maximum safety. Crocodiles are undoubtedly one of the scariest reptiles to exist and seeing them in front of you will be a moment you will never forget. Watch these predators that weigh about 750 kg laze under the sun or swim peacefully in the lake. Should you be at the park at their feeding time, you could enjoy the feeding show, watching them jump to catch their food. The park features up to 5 enclosures for crocodiles, alligators and caimans. You will learn how to differentiate between them and get the chance to witness the breeding pond and the nursery. You will also have the chance to see the newly hatched crocs and witness them at different stages of their lives.

During your visit you will also come across multiple animals like monkeys, fruit bats, iguanas, mongooses, farm animals and so much more. The ponds found at the park house so many colourful koi fish. You will be amazed at how tranquil just watching them swim can make you.

You will have the opportunity to see the Giant Tortoises. These Aldabra tortoises are the last surviving giant tortoise species that once inhabited the islands of the Indian ocean. They can grow to about 1.2m and weigh on average 250kg! 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. Everyday at 11:00 and 13:00, you can see the keepers feeding the giant tortoises live. You will be amazed at how the animals known to be slow movers can be fast to react to their food on the way!

Tortoise and Crocodile Nurseries

The baby tortoises and crocodiles can be watched from their respective enclosures. It is true that everything small is cute now imagine little tortoises limping as they try to walk around and baby crocodiles enjoying a bath in the cage.

For a supplement you can also have an assisted visit to the cages and feed the babies. An experience which you would enjoy having in a safe environment.


  • Feed Baby Crocodiles at a supplement - 11h00 &13h00 
  • Feed Baby Tortoises in the Nursery at a supplement - 10h30, 11h00 & 14h00

Free Live Shows at the Nature Reserve

Be sure to time your visit right, so that you don't miss the live feeding shows of the animals in the park. WItness the epic crocodile feeding show where these creatures will lunge in the air to get their meal or for a more relaxing vibe watch the baby crocodile feeding and feeding of the giant tortoises.


  • Big Crocodile feeding show - Everyday at 11.30
  • Baby Crocodile feeding show - Everyday at 13.30
  • Feeding of Giant Tortoises - Everyday at 11.00 & 13.00

Meet Octar, the Iguana

Octar is the friendly iguana of the park. He comes out to greet you at 10.30am and 2.30pm. He looks like he is always smiling and loves being petted. His carer would have him sitting across his shoulders where he can enjoy a nice view of all his fans or carry him in his arms like the baby he likes to feel like. So do not be scared of his dorsal spikes, Oscar likes a little rub or a gentle pat sometimes.

Visit of the Insectarium

The insectarium is home to one of the largest collections of insects with more than 26 000 species and about 30 000 specimens from 5 continents. The unique collection took Mr. Jacques Siedlecki, thirty years of patience and passion to complete. You can sometimes meet Jacques at the insectarium and he will be happy to tell you more about his story and how this whole project came along. From capturing the butterflies and other insects to preparing them from the exhibit, Jacques will tell you all you want to know about this delicate work.

The result is truly a fascinating rainbow of colours.

Visit of the Lost Land of the Dodo Museum & Fossil Museum

The Lost Land of the Dodo Museum is an exhibit about the extinct bird which can be considered as the emblem of Mauritius, the Dodo bird. This big flightless bird used to be abundant on the island centuries ago and was consumed for his flesh by previous occupations. At this museum you can find out more about this extinct species and even see how it looked.

The Fossil Museum features the "100 Million Years Under the Sea". This exhibition of international standard holds hundreds of fossils from Madagascar as well as a mural of what living ammonites would have looked like in their natural environment at prehistoric times.

Ammonites are the most well-known and most popular of fossils. In addition, the museum includes a section on marine mammals of Mauritius - including an impressive display of whale skeletons.

Chemin de La Nature & The Playground

Chemin de La Nature is an area where you can enjoy a nice walk in nature. This area of the nature reserve has been kept free of enclosures and instead has a cleared path on which you enjoy a little promenade by the rivulet. There are tables and stools, from tree barks, at random spots where you can pause and take a little rest before continuing your excitement-filled day.

There is also a Children’s playground close to the entrance where your little ones can have as much fun as they want on the slides, the swings or climbing ropes. They even have their own little nepalese bridge to cross and feel like adventurers.

Petting Farm Visit

The petting farm is a favourite of both adults and kids. Meet the ponies, ducks, rabbits, goats and so many other farm animals and interact with them. Do not be scared if the furry little friends start following you around, they just want some cuddles. There even is a hug corner where you can hug baby goats and other pets while you sit down and pet them.

Note: For a supplement, you can even be provided with pellets or milk bottles to feed the animals.

Hungry Crocodile Restaurant

Inside the park you will find the recommended Hungry Crocodile Restaurant. Built among the tree-tops, the restaurant offers you a choice of local Mauritian food and international dishes, and also several dishes made with crocodile, which are definitely worth a try – you will be pleasantly surprised. Snacks and various drinks are also available.

What to bring/wear
  • Water bottle

  • Mosquito Repellent

  • Sunscreen

Food & Beverages

Lunch at the Hungry Crocodile Restaurant

The "Hungry Crocodile" restaurant welcomes you in its unique setting, overlooking the forested valley.

Comments & Notes
  • Children MUST be accompanied by at least 1 Adult for the Visit the Tortoise Nursery

Additional activities at a supplement

  • The Feeding Giant Tortoises Activity is payable at the park.
  • Feeding Baby Crocodiles and Feeding Giant Tortoises can be booked directly on this package.
  • Food and bottle at the petting farm & Printed picture with baby crocodile is not included in this package and is payable on site.
  • All activities not included in this package are payable on site.
  • Please note that lunch package also includes entrance.

Entrance Tickets  
Price per Adult 22 Euros
Price per Child (ages 3-12) 16 Euros
Price per Baby (ages 0-2) Free of Charge
Visit the Tortoise Nursery  
Price per Adult 9 Euros
Price per Child (ages 3-12) 6 Euros
Feeding Activities  
Feeding of Baby Crocodile (3 pieces of chicken per feed) 5 Euros
Lunch at The Hungry Crocodile Restaurant + Entrance  
Price per Adult 49 Euros
Price per Child (ages 3-12) 27 Euros


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