Visiting the Vallee De Mai With kids

If you are a regular reader if my blog you will know that we are huge fans of the Valllee de Mai.  It is definitely one of the best things to do here with young kids.  We go with the boys ALL  the time!  It’s undoubtedly our favourite place for a family walk!

The Vallee de Mai

The Vallee de Mai is a UNESCO world heritage site that is managed by the Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF)

It’s home to the world famous Coco De Mer (the one that looks like a life-size bum, no i’m not joking!!) , the worlds largest seed and many other endemic plants and animals including the Black Parrot.

 

Visiting the Vallee de Mai With Kids

From the impossibly tall trees, the musical whistle of the black parrot, lots of bugs and reptiles to look out for and of course the world famous coco de mer. There is so much to see for kids in the Vallee de Mai!  Parents can relax knowing the paths are well maintained throughout, its a welcome relief from the sun, and there is nothing living in there thats dangerous!

visiting the vallee de mai with kids

 Ticket Cost

For tourists the ticket price is 20 euros each.  It is free for under 12’s (with proof of ID)

Opening times

The Vallee de mai is open every day from 8:30am – 4:30pm

How long is the walk

There are 3 main trails.  They are advertised as taking 1,2 and 3 hours.
Honestly I would say even with kids those times are rather generous! I guess maybe if you stopped and read every sign and did a selfie with every Coco de Mer tree you walked past then you could take that long!
Also if you decide to take a tour guide that will obviously increase the length of the walk (more on that further down)
When we go with Arthur and Freddie we tend to do the shortest route (cutting through Ceder Path, see the map below) as their legs won’t hold up to much more than that.  With a long stop at the little bridge to throw stones into the river we probably still don’t quite take an hour to get round.  To be fair though, apart from the stop, they do pretty much run the whole rest of the time!
There are benches dotted throughout all of the trails so you can stop and take a break if the kids get tired.

Map

Here is a digital version of the map you receive in the Vallee de Mai.  You can see the different trails.  It would be great if you saved this image to your phone so you don’t need to use the paper version! Map of the Vallee de Mai

Thanks to Seychelles Island Foundation for allowing me to share this map

Tips for visiting the Vallee de Mai with kids

  • Earlier is better, it’s a bit cooler and quieter in the mornings.
  • Don’t take a pushchair. While the trails are very well maintained, they are not pushchair (or wheelchair) friendly.
  • Get the kids to use the toilets at the entrance, there are no others once you are inside!
  • The whole area is shaded by the trees so you don’t have to worry about sunburn!
  • The guided tours are fantastic and very informative. They may not be suitable for young kids that could get bored listening to someone talk.
  • Mosquitos are not as much of a problem there as you might think, but you may want to use some spray just in case – citronelle is a great natural mosquito repellent if you’re worried about using chemicals.
  • There is no smoking in the Vallee de Mai (not that i’m suggesting your kids smoke, but you might!!)
  • At the entrance there’s a nice cafe selling snacks and drinks, the prices are pretty reasonable.

 

I hope you have an amazing time visiting the  Vallee de Mai with kids.  Id love to hear your experiences, or if you think I’ve missed anything off?

If you have any questions feel free to contact me

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Freddie’s first walk

We recently went for a walk in the Vallee De Mai.  Not an unusual event for us, we go at least once a month!  It is without doubt our favourite place to go for a walk.

If you don’t know, the Vallee De Mai, is famous for being the home of the Coco De Mer, the largest seed in the world!  It really is huge, apparently weighing up to 30KG at full size!!

Freddie’s first walk

This visit to the Vallee De Mai though, things were a little different!  This time we ALL went walking!  It was Freddie’s first walk, as opposed to being in the baby carrier!  This kinda blows my mind, It seems like just a minute ago it was Arthur’s first time walking around there!!

We had such a great time.  With Freddie walking around too, the whole dynamic changed so much, but only in a good way!

Arthur was absolutely delighted to get to run around with Freddie in there and Freddie was so excited to finally be able to get down and really explore the place as opposed to just being in the carrier!   It was amazing to see them exploring together!

Walking amongst giants, my boys look tiny in there.  Perhaps thats why I love going so much! This is one of my new favourite pictures!

 

Arthur took great pleasure in being Freddie’s personal tour guide.

 

They both are becoming so confident and independent, it’s amazing to see them running around without a care or fear.

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As always, we stopped at our favourite spot, to look at the river, of course throw a few sticks and stones in, and to look for crabs!

It was also a big trip for another reason as it was the first time Arthur walked round the whole way without needing to be carried.  As you can see, he was very proud!!

 

I have blogged about coming here before, and I am certain I will blog about it again!  So, apologies if it seems a bit repetitive, but it really is such a special place to go.  If you are visiting Seychelles it is an absolute must (with or without kids!)

I am so happy to have such an amazing place for our kids to explore.  We are so lucky to have so many amazing memories (and pictures) of the boys having the best time here.  They are true explorers, and I hope that they will forever love the outdoors as much as they do now!

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The Vallee de Mai {The Ordinary Moments} #24

I try to get to the Vallee de Mai with Arthur at least once a week these days as he absolutely loves going there.
A while back I posted this all about our first real family walk there and going there truly has become an ordinary moment in our lives. Which is pretty amazing since it’s such an extraordinary place.

Arthur loves to clamber around the rocks, play with little stones, gaze up at the trees, listen to the black parrots whistle their tunes.

 

Vallee de Mai

Vallee de Mai

Vallee de Mai
 

I posted this week about our upcoming trip to Sri Lanka at Christmas. Since we’ve had that booked there has been a little adaptation to our ordinary moments in the Vallee de Mai

As it’s not long until our big adventure, I wanted to try out baby wearing again…although now I guess it’s toddler wearing! We will have days out in places that will not be ideal for a pushchair, and while Arthur is a fab little walker we can’t expect him to walk the whole time.

I was lent a Moby wrap and I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s been the most comfortable way to carry Arthur. I’ve been taking it to the Vallee de Mai on our walks. It’s still too much of a walk for him to go all the way around and so I’ve been putting him in there and carrying him for some of it, up the steps and around the parts that are too difficult for him to walk.
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Toddler wearing in the Vallee de Mai

Toddler wearing in the Vallee de Mai

 

It’s been a big win I have to say.
We get to enjoy the Vallee de Mai together. Arthur gets used to being in the wrap, which will be useful for when we are away. I get some really good exercise carrying him up all the steps. Oh and the walks REALLY tire Arthur out so we get a guaranteed good sleep out of him, always a bonus right! But the best bit is that when I carry him in the wrap he gives me lovely cuddles!

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Family walk

 

Now Arthur is walking we were excited to take him to the Vallee de Mai for our first proper family walk together!

It’s an amazing place to go and we are so so lucky that we get to go there for free with our residents card.  The Vallee de Mai is a Unesco World Heritage Site and its a ten minute drive for us to get to!  Apparently when the first people arrived at Seychelles they thought they had discovered the real garden of eden and that the coco de mer tree (the tree that grows the worlds largest nut…..it looks like a bum, no really have a look )  was the tree of knowledge!

On Friday we went up to the Vallee and had our very first little walk!

We have been to the Vallee de Mai quite a few times before with Arthur but he has always been in the baby carrier. We took it with us this time expecting that after a short time Arthur wouldn’t want to walk any more but he was such a little champion. He walked with us for about 20 minutes holding our hands, stopping to look at lots of things along the way.

                                                                                                

We thought his little legs were looking a little tired so we attempted to put him in his carrier……well, let’s just say that didn’t go down to well!! We found a bench and let him chill out for a little bit. We decided to head back to the car and Arthur was happy to be carried (just not in his carrier!)

Mark and I couldn’t keep the smiles of our faces it was the most special little moment.  Our first real family walk, Arthur absolutely loved it too!  A new ordinary moment, one I can’t wait to do again really soon!

 

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