Paying a visit to this intriguing centre, the Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm is really worth it – the ability to get up close and personal with this prehistoric animal is something that is not possible in the wild. The crocodile farm will give you an insight into the lives of these formidable creatures from before they hatch right through to attaining adulthood.
The farm is suitable for children and adults, who both find enjoyment and fascination viewing the crocodiles in their natural habitat and at varying stages of development. The eggs hatch in December or January and you may even safely hold a baby crocodile. This is a unique experience with a creature that is usually kept at a safe distance in the wild.
Feeding times are definitely a highlight and an experienced guide with a wealth of knowledge is available for a guided crocodile farm tour. You may get to see crocodiles jump for their dinner as they leap out of the water snatching at large chunks of meat, a real photographic opportunity!
The Nile Crocodile
There are hundreds of crocodiles on display as this is a commercial farm with a license to collect 2 500 eggs from the Zambezi yearly. In return, they must release 125 three-year-old crocodiles back to the river to maintain the natural crocodile population of the Zambezi. These crocodiles are sometimes known locally as the Zambezi Crocodile, however, it is the Nile Crocodile genus, Crocodylus niloticus, that inhabit this area of the river. These crocodiles have a very high mortality rate in the wild with a 2% survival rate, at 3 years old they are beyond their most vulnerable stage and survive easily after release.
Situated 5 kilometers from the town and a stones throw away from the Zambezi River, the farm is located on a small natural stream called Spencer’s Creek that flows into the Zambezi. This enables the breeding stock to be kept in their natural environment. There is an overhead walkway which affords you a view of the crocodiles lazing in the sun and swimming, just as they would do in the wild. Some of these crocodiles are up to 50 years old and are very large. The walkway continues over the lion’s cage where three adult lions have residence, these lions are often heard roaring at the nearby hotels and even as far away as the town.
Enjoy a walk around the beautifully landscaped gardens, pop in to the Museum and browse around the Curio Shop which has a wide range of hand crafted genuine crocodile leather products like belts, wallets, purses and handbags. The Tea Room offers a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and drinks are available. All in all, the Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm it is an ideal family outing.