New activities at Frédérica Nature Reserve
Guests staying at one Heritage Resorts hotels or villas will benefit from privileged access to the 1300-hectare nature reserve, known as Frederica. At the heart of this forest, visitors can indulge in a whole list of green activities, which has recently been extended.
Discovery trail (quad, buggy and 4X4)
The Discovery trail is a two-hour quad-bike, buggy or 4X4 drive. Visitors can choose between two routes: Dalsing and Goyaves. Sentier Dalsing is more suitable for unpractised drivers, who start their journey on a fairly flat path through sugar canes, then drive past a fish pond and the ruins of Frederica’s old sugar mill; they finally stop to refresh at L’Exemple Waterfall before returning. With steeper slopes, Sentier Goyaves will better suit seasoned drivers. The highlights of this exploration are the tropical vegetation, the endemic birds, breath-taking views and Hirondelles Waterfall.
Adventure trail (quad-bike, buggy)
As the name suggests, Adventure trail is made for the adventurous type! With a combination of trekking and motor sports (quad-bike or buggy), this three-hour-and-a-half trail leads you deep into Frederica Nature Reserve, along unbeaten paths. Once they have crossed the sugar cane fields and Dalsing plains, excursionists make their way through the wooded hills to discover hidden lands. After a short trek, a pure gem of nature unfolds in front of the explorers’ eyes: the fabulous Quintré Waterfall. Note that all visits are made with guides, who have been trained by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and hold a first-aid certificate.
4X4 Night Safari
The Night Safari is a two-hour-and-a-half 4X4 drive into a unique and preserved landscape, which takes place at twilight. It allows visitors to watch nature’s awakening as the sun disappears. From a panoramic viewpoint, they can gaze upon one of the most beautiful views of the island under the golden glow of the setting sun, and observe animals coming out of their hiding place: stags, wild boars, bats, to name just a few. The visit ends up at a cosy lodge, where fresh drinks and appetizers are shared around a campfire, in a friendly atmosphere.
Frederica offers alternatives to the traditional nature trek with a selection of themed excursions. Two different concepts are available: Photo Safari and Archery. Photo Safari includes a two-hour trek on the trail of rare and endemic species. Escorted by a passionate photographer and guide, trekkers will venture off the beaten tracks to observe Mauritian wildlife and take priceless pictures. Frederica is one of the few places on the island to shelter three endangered bird species: the Mauritius Kestrel, the Echo Parakeet and the Pink Pigeon. Featuring a set of ten targets at the heart of the reserve, the Archery course welcomes both beginners and practised archers on a two-hour trek.
FIY: Age limit
Children are most welcome in Frederica Nature Reserve! 4X4 and buggy rides are ideal for families to experience the beauty of Mauritian wildlife. Quad-bikes are limited to drivers over 16 and passengers over 12 (double quad). Children can get on buggies as from 5, and there is no age limit on the 4X4s!
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