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Bivouac at Saziley: a night with the turtles

Farniente dans un hamac tendu entre deux branches de baobab

Two days and a night on the beach near the Saziley beautiful wooden house of the Conservatoire du Littoral. Program: "fins-mask-snorkel on the beautiful fall located about ten meters from the edge, lazing under the baobab trees, and ... discreet observation of turtles nesting at night.

As we have explained in other reports, the peninsula Saziley (or Sazilé), the boot-shaped, located in the extreme south-east of the island of Mayotte, is lined with beaches that are often all called: Saziley range. That we are discussing today is one that is located in the arch of the boot, where is inscribed "Sazilé" on the IGN map.

With Security

Bivouac on the beach safely, due to the presence of guards Conservatory, is a "must" of Mayotte. With an obligation, not always observed sadly: prevent well in advance Cell land management of the Conservatoire du littoral (cf. newsletter filled-box ) to that this paradise is not overcrowded. The area where we can plant his tent is in fact strictly defined so as not to disturb the turtles, in the evening, just lay on top of the beach.

This beach is particularly beautiful, slightly rounded, a sandy plain without being white, and bordered by a few huge baobabs. One of them is dug in the bed of the trunk: filled with rainwater, it is used for watering livestock around.

One of spawning the most active of the island

Another feature of this beach, located in a "marine protected area", is his extraordinary "falling" rich in corals and fish. We saw a turtle mating ballet and a huge turtle males describing a wild round on us to impress us before continuing to pursue the female turtle, the object of their desires! Finally, the night is one of spawning turtle the most active of the island. The guards live in the wooden house are 24-24hrs and will accompany you for the observation of eggs.

A partir de 18h it is forbidden to go to the beach. The time to prepare the fire for barbecue - to specific places - to mount the tent in the light of the torch for those who have not yet done so to dinner ... Meanwhile, the turtles out of the water, crawling on the sand, searching for the perfect place and then start digging. From that point, the observer - quietly, without touching them, of course - no more embarrassment. Green light thus guards take you on spawning. Between the start of excavation and the start of the turtle to the sea after laying and backfilling along the two holes, it can take three hours. This is often around midnight we returned to his tent ... to be awake by 6 am pretty maki.

Access:

down the coast to Moutsamoudou (also called Mtsamoudou), park his car on the small square at the bottom of the village, near the beach.
And starting with a boat that you ordered.
You can also go with a provider of "trips" (see "Bon plan" against this).

Alternatively, cover the back tent and supplies and access on foot after his car was parked at Mtsamoudou (1h30 walk) or on the village square of Dapani (1h walk). Warning: the trails are not clearly indicated.

Tip:

if possible, organize the camp on a weekday, it will be much more calm and enchanting ...

Laurence de Susanne - IleMayotte.com

Book your camp!

Theoretically you can Saziley to bivouac without warned well in advance Cell land management of the Conservatoire du littoral. The area where we can plant his tent is in fact strictly defined so as not to disturb the turtles, in the evening, just lay on top of the beach, and therefore the number of campers is necessarily limited.

Download the form below, complete it and send it by fax to the Cellule de gestion des terrains du Conservatoire du Littoral (CGTCL) at 02 69 64 98 98, preferably at least 15 days in advance.

Autorisation Bivouac (65.51 kB)