At Kalimba Reptile Park you'll experience giant Nile crocodiles, as well as indigenous snakes, tortoises and other reptiles. It's also one of the few places left in the world where you can see the rare and shy African slender-snouted crocodile. There are also plenty of other activities to fill your time, or to entertain the kids if you'd rather relax by the pool.
The well-trained guides share fascinating information and fun facts about the reptiles in the park. Visitors will go away having had a real-life experience with these potentially deadly creatures – creatures you really wouldn't want to encounter in their natural habitat!
School outings and group day trips
Kalimba is a popular destination for school outings, group day trips and team-building exercises. There is a discounted rate for groups larger than 20 people during the week (Monday to Friday). We pride ourselves in being an education centre about reptile protection and conservation. We help people to understand that snakes and reptiles are not our enemies, therefore breaking common myths and misconceptions about our scaly friends.
We have a variety of indigenous snakes on display. You can come up close and personal with deadly creatures such as the Black Mamba, the Gaboon Viper, the Puff Adder and three different kinds of Cobra! If you are brave enough, with the help of our staff you can even wrap a Python around your shoulders to take a photo!
There are lots of activities to do as well. Challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf or to reeling in the biggest fish. There are two swimming pools, a volleyball court, a mini grass football pitch, a children’s jungle gym, swings, a pool table, a restaurant, refreshments, braais (BBQs) and picnics. The grounds are well laid out with many beautiful spots in the sun or shade.
Nestling in the lush basin of the Ngwerere Stream, the grounds are beautifully kept. This is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Lusaka and be more in contact with nature. There are a large number of bird species nesting around the crocodile ponds, many that are rarely seen in and around Lusaka. While listening to bird songs you can also learn about the many different trees on the grounds that are each labeled with their Latin name.
One of the most popular activities at Kalimba Reptile Park is a full day of fishing in the ponds that are open to the public. Visitors can borrow a basic bamboo stick rod and bait is available at a small fee. Individuals and groups are more than welcome to fish all year round. This experience offers a day of friendly fishing competition and a relaxing day of fun. All catches need to be weighed and paid for at reception. The ponds at the park are regularly stocked with fish from the farm, so a good catch is always guaranteed!
Food, Refreshments, and Braais (BBQs)
Ever sampled a Croc burger? Well, now's your chance! It's very popular served piping hot, irresistible to those with an adventurous palate – though they say it tastes just like chicken! Other tasty grilled food is available such as homemade beef burgers, pork sausages, crocodile kebabs, homemade boerewors and fish, all of which are farm-reared right next door.
An assortment of ice creams are sold at reception, together with soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, all at very reasonable prices. Braai ingredients and charcoal are on offer and braai stands are free of charge. Full bar facilities are available. Please note that personal drinks are not permitted and corkage fees apply.
The farm shop offers a range of products at farm prices. Products include:
- Assorted crocodile products including crocodile oil
- Pekin duck - whole, breast, legs and liver
- English style pork sausages
- Pork chops
- Our famous boerewors
- Bream fish (Tilapia)