François Léguât Reserve is the tourist attraction which has just opened its doors just a year ago. The formerly arid reserve turned into a verdant canyon, dotted with turtles that sit in the shade of large trees.The tour takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes. You can have the unique experience of discovering what Rodrigues was like 300 years ago, before the island was colonised. This 20-hectare nature reserve, which until recently was almost entirely over-run with introduced plants, is an ongoing conservation project, working on re-wilding the lowland savanah of this area; planting shrubs and trees that once grew here and reintroducing key animal species to recreate the lost links between flora and fauna that make up this unique ecosystem
As many as 400 tortoises were brought to make this place incredible reserve. Guests also have the opportunity to visit the unique electrified cave and the museum.
The excursion starts at 9 am. Guests are transferred via either an air conditioned pick-up van or minibus. The tour includes services of a tourist guide who speaks French and English.
In addition to its flora and fauna the reserve hide some cavernous caves that are worth a visit. In respect to the environmental standards, a replicate cave was built for visitors to see how the cave looked.
The reserve is also home to a small museum, a Research Center, a gift shop and a Rodriguan Restaurant