Veuve Reserve

The wonderful Seychelles island of La Digue is home to many great attractions, among them of which figures the Veuve Reserve. Though it is a small reserve, it boasts the distinction of having the only remaining population of Black Paradise Flycatchers, which are also known as "Veuves". There are reportedly only about 100 of these rare birds in existence, so anyone looking to do some birdwatching in the Seychelles will certainly appreciate a visit to this enticing Seychelles reserve. While those interested in touring the Veuve Reserve can choose to visit the island of La Digue on day trips from both Mahe and Praslin, it's advised that you consider spending at least a few days here if you can, as the La Digue attractions will do well to keep you occupied.

The Veuve Reserve is comprised largely of thick jungle, and it's primarily the aforementioned Paradise Flycatchers that seem to attract the bulk of tourists. You don't have to be a birdwatcher to appreciate these rare creatures that reside in the jungle of La Digue, where bodanmyen and takamaka trees are prevalent. In recent years, the population of these birds has increased due to reduced human intervention, and as such, they are now considered to be less endangered. Hiking the trails through the Veuve Seychelles Reserve not only affords the opportunity to view Paradise Flycatchers, but also the chance to spot giant sea turtles and Swiflets, which are another rare bird species. The Veuve Reserve is managed by a staff that is based at the Veuve Information Center. Staff members will be more than happy to accompany visitors through the reserve, but you'll have to arrange the tour in advance. Sometimes during these guided tours, visitors will also get to trek some of the nature trails not found within the reserve, which reveals more of the island's interesting flora and fauna. Word has it that the Veuve Information Center plans to upgrade its facilities a bit, offering more in the way of souvenirs and things the like.

The Veuve Reserve is certainly one of the more ideal attractions in Seychelles for those who love getting in touch with nature. The Vallee de Mai Reserve, which is found on nearby Praslin Island, is another one of the attractions in Seychelles that nature lovers will want to consider, as is the Morne Seychellois National Park on the main island of Mahe. Should your Seychelles vacation have you spending the bulk of your time on La Digue Island, the Veuve Reserve will be an ideal compliment to the other La Digue attractions, which include the L'Union Estate and the famed Anse Source d'Argent beach. Trekking to the top of the 1,000-foot Eagles Nest Mountain is a joy for hiking fans, and touring the coastline by bike is a wonderful way to both sightsee and burn calories.

While you enjoy the various La Digue attractions, you might also interest yourself in a fishing or scuba diving excursion on the side. Or, perhaps a leisurely boat ride to a nearby island will suit your fancy. The attractions in Seychelles are many, and the island of La Digue certainly provides its visitors with some of the best. Throw in the fact that the La Digue hotels offer what might be the widest variety in terms of budget choices, and it's easy to see why it's one of the Seychelles's top destinations.

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