We recently visited a place that will definitely become one of our regular spots.
From actual pond fishing, to majestic white lions and everything in between. And even though our day got rained on at the end, we had way more fun than we expected.
Located in the mountainous area around Cascavelle, Casela is a gem for any parent who wants to take their children out on a fun, educational outing that will make them so tired, they sleep through the night. (And you too)
A few things to remember to pack. I suggest taking a backpack. You will need to be comfortable, this is a whole day outing. Don’t go Gucci.
- Camera – Fully charged and enough memory. You will be taking A LOT of photos
- Battery packs – if you have
- Mosquito repellent. Apply frequently
- Sunscreen. Apply frequently
- Extra sets of clothes for the kids. The chances are good they will get dirty. Don’t stop them from having fun.
- Tissues / wipes. With all the plants around, some people might get a bit sneezy.
- Wallet (for the extra activities in the park and gift shop)
- If you have babies, this is a normal add, but remember those nappies and nappy disposable bags.
- If you have a stroller you can take it along, just remember you will be getting on the Passenger trucks, and it might get bulky. COMFORT IS KEY.
I recommend you arrive early the morning. Now if your family is anything like ours, this means you basically need to get up at around 6am. This gives you about an hour for each child to get ready and 10 minutes for yourself. Arrive at around 9, when they open, have breakfast at the kiosk as you enter the venue. Leave the restaurant for later. Remember to flash your residency cards at the cashiers, or else you will pay tourist prices.
As you walk in to the park with your kiosk food, there are some tables and chairs outside that overlook a big kids play area. Now word of advice here, have them sit down and eat first before they run off to go play, otherwise you won’t get them to eat a bite. Once they see the play ground, eating is pretty much already a lose-lose for you as a parent, but just a few bites will help them through. Please note that when you have finished your meal, there are recycle bins inside next to the kiosk. Please throw them away in the correct bins.
Spend 5 minutes at the play area and then set out on your journey, otherwise it will take you two days. Passing through a leafy wall, almost walking straight into a gigantic tree and waterfall ponds filled with brightly coloured Koi fish, pass some bamboo covered in name carvings and confessions of love by visitors. Move on to rows and rows of cages filled with all kinds of exotic birds. You may even be luckily and spot a wandering female peacock ready to pose for some beauty close ups.
You will soon pass toilets, I suggest you use them, and then head down towards the restaurant. Breath in the views. You can see out over the mountains, straight down to the ocean, with the sounds of birds, a fresh breeze and you know, you are in paradise. Take it in, admire it and breath it out.
Now make your way down to the Macaques and the Pygmy Hippo. (You are lucky if you see him, we didn’t) Shake some feathers with the beautiful swan before you head down to the Petting Farm.
Filled with rabbits, goats, guinea pigs, roosters, horses, turkeys and real Tilapia fishing. You are sure to make quite a few friends in this area. Take your time here. Have your kids go fishing. Catch and release. Play with the furry bunnies. Do watch out for the male Goat. He is very territorial and you may find him giving you a firm nudge back the way you came from. From here you travel down to the giant tortoises.
What a site. I have never seen them as big as I have here. Gracefully grazing away. How this place still has grass left, I have absolutely no idea. They are way bigger than my two kids. My youngest slowly and carefully moved towards one, and as he tried to touch it, It made a sound that sounded very much like him saying ‘Uh hu!’ My phrase, for ‘Don’t even think about it Mr.’
It started to drip and we moved swiftly along to the next destination. The Tulawaka ride. We unfortunately couldn’t go in it, because my youngest was under 4 years. Yes, this ride is for 4 years and up. And my husband, didn’t want to go on it with the eldest. We don’t want to cause unnecessary sibling rivalry. So moving along swiftly, in the now somewhat heavy rain, to the Big cats.
We were getting closer to the lions and the end of the outing, due to the rain getting heavier. One of the Park Passenger trucks came driving by, covered in zebra stripes. These are the trucks that take you through the last end of the park. From the Lions, to the Giraffes, Quad safari and Safari bus tour. But we missed all that due to the heavy rains that came down once we arrived at the white lions.
There are so many activities that we missed out on, that we have to go again. We missed
- Canyon Swing
- Nepalese bridge
- Big Cats Viewing
- Big Cats Interactions
- Walk with Lions
- Safari Bus Tour
- Quad Safari
- Giraffe Viewing
- Giraffe Feeding
- Camel Ride
- Rhinos Interactions
- SegWay Safari
- 4D Cinema at the entrance
For Prices, Packages, Facilities and more, please visit their website http://www.caselapark.com/
The map – http://www.caselapark.com/the-map/
I would recommend Casela to all who have children as a wonderful family outing. From tourists to locals, this Park is a definate gem for the island of Mauritius.