The valley of Ferney is a nature park situated on the South East coast of Mauritius quite close to the small village of “Riviere des Creoles”. It had previously been earmarked for a highway that would have linked the airport to the east of Mauritius but was luckily saved thanks to Nature Watch, George Ah Yan of the Mahebourg Citizens Welfare Organisation among others. Anyway it’s one of the rare places in Mauritius where you won’t see any buildings, have noise pollution. It’s just fresh air, trees and mountains: ideal for a break.
You first start the journey at the Tourist information area where the chauffeur will drive you to the restaurant which is where the trip really starts. The guide starts by explaining the terms “endemique”, “indigene” and “exotique” which qualifies the plant of the reserve and off we go. The trip starts with a part where we have some exotic plants before we step in the reserve where we have the endemic species – note all the trees which are marked in red, they would have been erased by now. Your guide will most probably show you the “Bois Coulou” which saved this reserve; at that time, it was the only one know of its specie to exist in the whole world.
Currently, five are known to exist round the island.
Finally, special mention to the our driver, Raj, and the guide (can’t remember her name): they were both extremely nice and helpful. It’s a treat for the price you pay and I badly needed a break from computers I guess!