The Casela Nature & Leisure Park is located in the western part of Mauritius between Flic en Flac and Tamarin. The park covers an area of about 14 ha. In the park you can see around 1500 birds of over 150 species and a variety of animals such as the impressive giant turtles and various mammals such as lions and monkeys. The park is set up with a variety of beautiful exotic plants and flowers. Moreover on the grounds of the park are located the delicious restaurant Le Mirador and a beautiful lookout point with stunning views over the west coast. Guided tours through the park are not offered but everyone gets a guide brochure at the entry in which are provided briefly descriptions of the individual animals.
Duration: You can spend one hour in the park as well as several hours if you take your time to enjoy it.
Prices: Non residents: Adults: Rs 300 Children (3-12 years): Rs 175
Residents: Adults: Rs 180 Children (3-12 years): RS 70
Our visit to Casela Nature and Leisure Park was a very disappointing experience for my siblings and myself. After being rudely searched for food items, we queued for half an hour to purchase our entry tickets. We had to find our own way to the safari departure by asking visitors and staff who provided confusing information. After a 40 minute walk, we finally got on the Safari bus in a pouring rain. All the window seats were wet and provided no shelter from the rain. We managed to see a few oryxes, ostriches, a couple of white rhinos and two zebras. The information supplied from the tour guide was very superficial. However, the worst part of the safari was when the bus hit one of the zebras under the protesting screams of the visitors. When I asked the tour guide if the driver and him realised that they had hit one if the zebras, we were told that it could not have been avoided.
Our visit to Casela Nature and leisure park was a big disappointment due to the inefficiency, unprofessionalism and rudeness of its personnel and the absence of signs. Needless to say that we will not come back to this unwelcoming park.