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Exploring Heritage Sites In Seychelles With Kreol Cars

Embarking on a journey through Seychelles’ rich history unveils a tapestry of cultural diversity and natural wonders. For an authentic exploration, Kreol Cars, a locally-owned car rental company operating on Mahé and Praslin, offers the perfect means to traverse the enchanting islands at your pace.

Mahé Island

Mahé, the largest and most populated island in the Seychelles archipelago, is home to several historical sites that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural and colonial history of the region. Here are some notable historical sites in Mahé, Seychelles.

Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town

For a cultural excursion on Mahé Island, head to the Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town.

A 20-minute drive from Victoria unveils this historically and culturally meaningful site. Situated 450 meters above sea level in the Morne Seychellois National Park, the Mission Ruins of Venn’s Town on Mahé Island provide a glimpse into Seychelles’ interesting past.

Established in 1876, these ruins tell the story of an industrious school to accommodate children of liberated slaves. Venn’s Town comprises ruins and a cemetery. The site, surrounded by lush forests and endemic plants, offers panoramic views of the coastal areas, creating a mystical atmosphere that echoes its unique history.

Venn’s Town is an emblem of Seychelles’ Creole identity formation and birth, showcasing the impact of freed Africans on the nation’s social and economic fabric. The ruins, managed by the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, now serve as a tourist attraction and a site for local community activities. The site symbolises hope and freedom in the face of historical injustices.

To truly understand and appreciate the Creole history of the island take a scenic drive to Venn’s Town.

The Natural Museum of History

The Natural Museum of History in Victoria offers a journey through Seychelles’ history. Explore the National Museum of History in Mahé, dedicated to preserving, educating and exhibiting historical artefacts and cultural narratives. The museum’s galleries trace Seychelles’ history from early discovery to nationhood, offering a comprehensive understanding of the islands’ cultural evolution.

It has dedicated galleries and exhibitions to the Creole heritage of the island and its early discovery and transformation. Take a drive to the museum and enjoy a great visual experience from old to new.

Domaine de Val de Pres

If the charm and unique formation of Creole culture captivate you, you need to drive down to Domaine de Val de Pres in Mahé. Here you’ll discover a replica of a traditional Creole village – complete with authentic historical items and various activities that would be typically found on a plantation estate during that time.

Located at Au Cap and centred around the Maison de Planteur, or the house of the plantation owner, this estate offers a glimpse into Seychelles’ cultural heritage, showcasing the lifestyle of a plantation owner in the 18th-19th century. The plantation house still has all the traditional finishes of a colonial plantation house, including the pitched roof, dormer windows and garrets. Rent a car with Kreol Cars and take a journey through time in this well-preserved example of traditional Seychellois culture.

Takamaka Rum Distillery

Wrap up your historical exploration with a visit to Takamaka Rum Distillery in La Plaine St. Andre, along the gorgeous coastline of Mahé island. Beyond being a distillery, it is an iconic heritage site with a museum, medicinal garden, historical ruins, and giant Aldabra tortoises. Enjoy a free guided tour, and rum tasting, and experience the rich history of this property dating back to the 1700s.

La Plaine St Andre covered over 60 acres of land at its peak and played a significant role in the agricultural economy of the Seychelles in the 1900s, growing cinnamon, vanilla, coconut and patchouli for export to Europe. The Takamaka distillery is located on a very old property dating back to the first settlers of the island.

There are free guided or self-guided tours of the distilleries 6 days a week and rum tasting till 4:30 pm on weekdays. On Friday nights the distillery is open until 10 pm for cocktails, food and music. Every Saturday the distillery is open until 2 pm. Saturdays are also when local artisans display their crafts in the garden. So, drive on down and enjoy authentic island tastes and flavours.

Mize Koko – A Coconut Museum Unveiling Island Culture

For a truly unique cultural experience, Mize Koko, the first coconut museum in the Indian Ocean, stands as a testament to Seychelles’ dependence on coconuts.

Located in the east of Mahé, this museum is constructed from locally sourced coconut wood, the museum explores the historical, ritual, and culinary significance of coconuts in Seychellois culture. Visitors can taste coconut delicacies, participate in coconut-related activities, and gain insight into the enduring impact of coconuts on the islands’ history.

Explore Seychelles heritage sites with Kreol cars.

Praslin Island

Praslin, the second-largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity. While it may not have as many historical sites as the other islands, it does offer a few places of historical and cultural significance.

Vallee De Mai Nature Reserve

Vallee De Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a living museum preserving Seychelles’ unique flora and fauna. Covering just 7 km², it satisfies all four natural criteria, featuring the iconic Coco de Mer palms that produce the world’s largest seed.

This reserve is a sanctuary for Seychelles’ endemic palm species and rare fauna, including the black parrot and Seychelles kestrel.

Exploring Vallee De Mai offers a journey back in time, where ancient plant families and Seychelles’ natural heritage come together. The reserve supports a diverse community of plants, reptiles, and birds, making it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts.

St Matthew Apostle Church

If you’re in search of more historical sites in Praslin visit the enchanting church, St Matthew Apostle Church in Grand Anse. On March 6, 1853, the first religious service unfolded in this picturesque setting, as the inaugural mass for Holy Communion took place in this small church adorned with coco de mer leaves.

Consecrated on May 18, 1859, this lovely, compact church stands as a quaint and cherished landmark on the airport side of the island. Immerse yourself in the timeless charm of this historical gem in the heart of the Grand Anse district, inviting you to experience a touch of Praslin’s spiritual heritage.

Exploring Seychelles’ heritage sites with Kreol Cars adds a personalised touch to your journey, allowing you to absorb the cultural nuances and natural wonders of these enchanting islands. Reach out to us today and let us make your Seychelles trip memorable and stress-free.

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