La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...
African Savannah in Brittany, France

The African Plain

We are having a sneaky five day holiday… no school on Wednesdays, Thursday was a bank holiday and all the schools are shut today – why go to school for just a Friday? More about May Bank Holidays and ‘Le Pont’.

So today we went to Branféré Parc, near Questembert (56190 LE GUERNO – Morbihan). What a fantastic place. Branféré Parc was originally opened to the public in 1965, but was later turned into a wildlife preservation project by Nicolas Hulot, a well-known French environmentalist and ecologist. Today, Branféré is involved in the preservation of 24 protected species.

Absolutely no cages here, the 1,000 species are kept in relative freedom within the 40 hectares of watering places linked together by cascades, wide meadows, islands and undergrowth.

Suddenly we came upon “The plain of Africa”. It looked exactly like the African savannah and as we looked we saw giraffes, ostriches, zebras, kudus, pygmy hippopotamuses and wildebeasts all grazing together in total harmony. Amazing.

Treetop Adventure in Brittany

Treetop Adventure in Brittany

We turned a corner, and in front of us were nets, huge nets in the trees…an aerial trail in the trees is made of 1700 square metres of acrobatic nets. Wow, what an adventure !! We climbed onto the nets, no harnesses required, and from high up in the trees we could see over the African Plain….

Bird flying display at Branfere in Brittany

Bird flying display at Branfere in Brittany

To finish our visit we watched a remarkable high flying show where a collection of 120 birds (storks, pelicans, flamingo, eagles, vultures, kites, hawks and multicoloured parrots) fly literally just a few inches above your head.

We had a fantastic day… and if you do come to Brittany this summer it is well worth a visit !!

Editors Notes about Branféré

We can concur with Nicola. Branfere is a great place to spend a day outdoors in Brittany. We have been visiting for many years, and there always seems to be something new every time we visit. Entry prices start at 10 euros. If you’re looking for other places to visit in this part of Brittany you might also be interested in the Gardens of Broceliande, the submarine pens at St Nazaire,  or La Gacilly (the home of the Yves Rocher company).

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