Mission Lodge, Seychelles Overview

Mission Lodge is one of the most significant landmarks of Mahe Island, Seychelles. The viewing spot and the adjoining ruins have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its significant contribution in the eradication of slavery in the region. It has also been declared a National Monument since 1984 due to its significant contribution in educating freed slave children in the 17th century. This effort by the missionaries eventually led to important contributions of the freed African slave-children who formed an important part in the formation of the Creole Seychellois community of today.

You can see the mountains covered in lush greenery and the blue sea encompassing the island once you reach this 405 meters high vantage point located in its southern part. You can find the road leading to it just off the trail to Morne Seychellois Peak, the highest point in Mahe. There is a gazebo where you can take in spectacular views all around and also visit the ruins of a missionary school for slave children nearby.

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History of Mission Lodge

The area around mission Lodge was known as Venn’s Town during the 17th century. The missionaries of the church had opened a school here around 1861 for slave children, thus contributing towards the abolition of slavery from the region.

These children were brought to the island on a ship and abandoned here, to be rescued and educated by the missionaries. This effort was significant and it furthered the development of the local society and culture to a great extent. These ruins cover a total area of 504 square meters – the building’s foundation, walls and the laundry area are still visible amidst the foliage.

Currently, the surrounding forest is in the process of reclaiming the area, but it is still a reminder of the humanitarian efforts of the missionaries in the eradication of slavery. The gazebo at Mission Lodge was also visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of England in 1976. Here they spend some time appreciating the scenic views while taking tea. There is a commemorative picture on the spot celebrating the event.

How to Reach

Travelling by air to Seychelles’ only international airport at Victoria, the capital of the country, located in Mahe is the best way to enter this beautiful archipelago. You may then take a day or two to enjoy the many beaches located on the island of Mahe.

Do plan to spend a day hiking towards the highest point of the island, take the demarcated route on the way towards Mission Lodge and you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the area and surrounding sea. Alternatively, there is a bus service available or you can hire a car for easier travel, although a leisurely walk is the best way to enjoy the greenery and seaside views on offer in Mahe.

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