Mauritius is a destination that appeals to all kinds of travelers with its beautiful beaches and family friendly atmosphere. The Casela Nature Park is a great option for families and others who want a quick look at some local and exotic birds. There are no Echo Parakeets here.
Out of sight down Rivière Noire road, lies 14 hectares of lush green which is now home to a big variety of fauna and flora. Some 1,500 birds, a selection of wildcats, zebras, giant tortoises, long-tailed monkeys, among other species, can be watched on site. There are also plenty of activities like canyoning or hiking Via Ferrata, double and triple ziplines and the adventurous cable bridges. It kind of reminded me of Busch Gardens in Florida, same kind of appeal to families in particular.
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
Casela Nature Park is easily reached from the main road between Curepipe and Flic en Flac. There is a small shopping centre on the intersection of the A3 and Flic en Flac road and the park is signposted.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
Basic admission is fine if you just want to see the birds. There are additional charges for other activities.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU SPEND THERE AND WHAT SHOULD YOU SEE?
We arrived pretty late in the afternoon and had just under an hour to scurry around and see the birds. This turned out to be enough time for what we wanted. We only saw the birds, didn’t have time to see or do anything else.
VALUE TO CONSERVATION
No affiliation with any conservation projects.
WHERE TO STAY NEARBY ON POINTS
Flic en Flac is the closest town although no where is really far on Mauritius. The Hilton in Flic en Flac has rooms starting at 40,000 Honors points.
The highlights for me was seeing the wild birds such as this Madagascar (not Mauritian) Fody flying around the grounds.