Pride in Words

Seychelles is not just a country that represents the pearl of the Indian Ocean or the heart of the Indian Ocean. The island and its people make it their mission to make sure that Seychelles always stays true to its identity, there may be outside forces however the people of Seychelles always find a way to stay united and true to their identity. This is not about the language being used or the food that the daily household provides but rather the words in the national song.

Almost everyone knows the pride of singing the national anthem and most will agree that the national anthem is the moment where the nation feels this sense of togetherness and pride to be part of their country.

Sesel ou menm nou sel patri.

Kot nou viv dan larmoni.

Lazwa, lanmour ek lape.

Nou remersye Bondye.

Preserv labote nou pei.

Larises nou losean.

En leritaz byen presye.

Pour boner nou zanfan.

Reste touzour dan linite.

Fer monte nou paviyon.

Ansanm pou tou leternite.

Koste Seselwa!

 

This is the lyrics for the Seychelles national anthem. The title of the anthem is ‘Koste Seselwa’ which translates into the nation being closer ‘Koste- Closer’ and ‘Seselwa-Seychellois’

Seychelles, our only motherland

Where we live in harmony

Happiness, love and peace

We give thanks to God.

Preserve the beauty of our country

The riches of our oceans

A precious heritage

For the happiness of our children.

Live forever in unity

Raise our flag

Together for all eternity

Join together all Seychellois.

 

The above is the English translation of the Seychelles anthem, and from here you can see the value that the Seychellois nation gives the conservation of the islands.

Seychelles, notre seule patrie

Où nous vivons en harmonie

La joie, l’amour et la paix

Nous remercions le Bon Dieu!

Préservons la beauté de notre pays

La richesse de notre océan

Un héritage très précieux

Pour le bonheur de nos enfants

Restons toujours unis

Élevons notre drapeau

Ensemble pour l’éternité

Unissons-nous Seychellois!

The above translation is in French because Seychelles has 3 official language is French, English and Creole.

Mare Au Cochons, Au Seychelles

Strap on your sensible walking shoes. Grab your cap. A bottle of water. Sun spray. Mosquito repellent and as much food as you would like because we are going on a trail! Oh and guess what? You’re coming along with me! Nature lovers will always be nature lovers right? You’re in Seychelles and you want to go on a hike because the only place you feel at peace is on a trail surrounded by a variety of green pastures. You want to leave the sound of the wave behind, or your parents made you tag along because they are nature lovers. Or maybe you simply want to see the island.

Mare Au Cochons trail is one of the most well-known trails in the Seychelles. The trail starts at Le Niole or Bel Ombre, depending on your location and it leads through the forest of the North. Along the way there are points where you can stop and admire the timeless beauty that is the coast of Bel Ombre opposite the Silhouette Island. The view is vast and beyond words to describe its beauty. The white foam of waves caresses the white sandy coast and the green pastures highlight its splendour. It is truly a picture perfect frame with a 360 degrees panorama of the mountains up above and the ocean and islands completing the masterpiece.

While walking to Mare Au Cochons there are streams of fresh water flowing either along the walls of the path you’re walking next to or on the granite rocks, flowing to complete the water cycle. The smell of nature is more than just refreshing when you’re surrounded by the sound of dripping natural mineral water. There are multitudes of river coming from the mountains and you will see them along the way but if you don’t, you’ll certainly hear it.

There are tiny wooden kiosks that you can sit at and have some refreshments and a chat; however this is not the end of the trail. You will meet a large patch of extremely green grass coating the mountains, and these grasses are picture perfect and soft to lie down on and take the most scenic pictures you can imagine as it’s dotted with palm trees.

The trail doesn’t end there with more than a few back stories of how they used to produce cinnamon in bulk. There are evidence of the ruins along the way and a large variety of introduced crops such as Banana and sugar cane planted in neat rows, will show such a settlement.

You’ve seen all that can possibly be seen; now you’re on your way to the Mare au Cochons itself. The name is in French and translated to the ‘marsh of pigs’, however this must either be a legend or it has been said that the marsh was full of pigs at one point. Whichever story is true, nowadays there are no pigs in the marshy area of the Mare Au Cochon Trail. Once you’ve reach the marsh there will be a bridge to walk across and a small shack like kiosk to sit at and have your lunch or maybe your snack, depending on how fast you walk.

One known secret is that you can continue into the deep unraveling trail that is Mare Au Cochons, however you need to be with someone who knows the way because I am a hundred percent sure you do not want to be stuck in the dark mist of Mare au Cochons. Moreover if you don’t have a guide that can lead you down the steep mountain to the Grand Anse side of the trail then you can turn back and start walking home.

The Mare au Cochons connects to other trails such as Copolia. Spending a day in Nature will never be the same after the trail!

Learning the Lingo

One of the most important things to do before going to a new country is trying to understand some basic phrases in the native language.

In Seychelles, that happens to be Creole. The following is a list of words that may be useful to the adventurous traveler.

Good morning
Bonzour

Goodnight
Bonswar

Hello
‘Allo

Do you speak English?
Ou kapab koz angle?

My name is
Mon apel

How are you?
Komman sava?

Fine, thank you. You?
Byen mersi, oumenm?

What is your name?
Ki mannyer ou apele?

Can you speak more slowly?
Koz pli dousman silvouple

Where can I find a bus/taxi?
Kote mon kapab pran en bis/taxi?

Can you take me to the airport please?
Amenn mwan kot airport silvouple

Excuse me.
Eskiz mwan

Where can I get something to eat?
Kote mon kapab rod en manze?

Please.
Silvouple

Yes.
Wi

No.
Non

I’m sorry.
Pardon

How much does this cost?
Konbyen I koute?

Do you take credit cards?
Mon kapab servi kart Kredi pou peye?

Where is the nearest bathroom?
Kote toilet pli pre I ete?

Goodbye.
Orevwar

Safe Swimming

The most common leisure activity to do in Seychelles is definitely swimming and although it is thoroughly relaxing and fun it can also be a bit dangerous.

A huge thing to be aware of is currents and the wind patterns during the year; either side of the island can be calm while the other is rough depending on the months.

It is extremely important that tourists and locals alike are aware of the dangers that might befall them and how to avoid them. Be sure to check out a list of various beaches here.

  • Always check in with your hotel or travel agent representative about any sea conditions before heading to said beach
  • Be on the look out for warning signs and lifeguards
  • Pay close attention to children and the elderly in the water if you are with your family
  • Avoid swimming alone
  • If caught in breaking waves, duck under them and allow them to pass over you while you maneuver yourself into calmer waters
  • Never go swimming under the influence of alcohol or any mind altering substance.

Emergency Numbers

Police: 999

Hospital: 151

Life Guard: 252 99 76

List of embassies here.