Praslin National Park

Praslin National Park

Praslin National Park

Terrestrial Park
Opening hours
Seven days a week, From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entry fee
Glacis Noire Trail Rs100 for non-residents above 12 years
Fond B’offay, Praslin

The Praslin National Park was established in 1979 and is the second largest terrestrial National Park in the Seychelles. As the name suggests, it is located on the second largest island, Praslin. It covers a total surface area of 324ha of the upper lands of Praslin and encloses the World Heritage site of the Vallée de Mai. Its altitude ranges from 80 meters in the ravines to 367m at the highest point of the Island. It offers a wide variety of landscapes and viewpoints.

The Park is the habitat to a variety of endemic, indigenous and native plants as well as a variety of insects and other animals, such as the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin and its surrounding islets. There are a number of short trails dissecting the Park, however there is only one official trail- ‘Glacis Noire’.

Glacis Noire Trail should not be missed. Maximum walking distance from the main road to the fire tower is 1hour. This Trail is not frequented by many visitors and thus looks more natural. If you desire an authentic feel of Praslin’s forest, Glacis Noire is the place to visit. The view at the end of the Trail is simply spectacular! The islands of La Digue, Ile Ronde, Felicite, Marianne and further away Denis, Mahe and Fregate can easily be seen. The Trail is open daily, between 8am-4pm, with the applicable entrance fee of Rs100 for non-residents above 12 years. 

Along the first part of the Trail, considering the devastating effects that fire can have, it is surprising how many native species survived amongst the secondary vegetation. Bracken fern (Dicranopteris linearis) is a typical species in fire-prone areas, but in spite of the predominance of introduced plants such as Calice du pape (Tabebuia pallida) and Cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco), endemic species such as Café marron grande Feuille (Paragenipa wrightii) and (Pandanus multispicatus) also flourish.

There are also other endemic species such as: the Bwaponm (Eugenia wrightii)Bwa bannan pandan (Gastonia lionnetii) and several endemic palms like: the famous Coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica)Latanier Palm or Latannyen Oban (Roscheria melanochaetes)Thief Palm or Latannyen fey (Phoenicophorium borsigianum) and many more.

A beautiful high altitude wetland is also to be found, containing several endemic plant species which were in the past planted around it.

The Grand Coco Souvenir Shop located just down the road from the Trail entrance at our offices, offers clients a selection of Coco de Mers and other crafts to choose from. 

Browse our Praslin National Park leaflet for more information.