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Morne Seychellois National Park. If you want to get off the beach and explore some of the enticing lush jungle clinging to the steep cliffs around Mahé, this is the place to come. Seychelles' largest park was created in 1979 and covers an area of about 30 square km (12 square mi), or more than 20% of Mahé, and encompasses its eponymous peak, the highest point in Seychelles at 910 meters (2,985 feet). About 10 km (6 mi) in length and 3 km (1.8 mi) in width, the park is equipped with 12 different trails that can be explored on half- or full-day excursions. Rare orchids, endemic palms, and carnivorous pitcher plants are among the botanical treats. Twelve different trails cover more than 14 km (9 mi) in the park, and maps detailing the trails are available at the head office of the tourism board or at the botanical gardens. Many of the trails are easy and well marked. For the more difficult routes (e.g., Mont Serbert, Congo Rouge, and Les Trois Frères), hikers should definitely enlist the help of a guide. Mahé. Free.
Basil Beaudouin. Mahé's most famous hiking guide, Beaudouin is the Seychelles' answer to Crocodile Dundee. His knowledge is extensive, and he takes good care of his clients, regardless of skill level. Mahé. 424–1790.