Fun Learning At Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm
Paying a visit to the Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm is really worth it. This intriguing center gives you the ability to get up close and personal with this prehistoric animal.
Welcome To Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm
The crocodile farm will give you an insight into the lives of these formidable creatures from before they hatch right through to attaining adulthood. This is something that is not possible in the wild and is quite fascinating.
The farm is suitable for children and adults, who both find enjoyment and fascination viewing the Nile crocodile in their natural habitat and at varying stages of development.
Experience Crocodiles Up Close
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!
There are hundreds of crocodiles on display as this is a commercial farm with a license to collect 2 500 eggs from the Zambezi waterway 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, who inhabit this area of the river. These crocodiles have a very high mortality rate in the wild with a 2% survival rate, however, at 3 years old they are beyond their most vulnerable stage and survive easily after release.
Where Is The Crocodile Farm?
Situated 5 kilometers from the town and a stone’s throw away from the Zambezi River, the farm is located on a small natural stream called Spencer’s Creek that flows into the river.
This enables the breeding stock to be kept in their natural environment. There is an overhead walkway that 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 into 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 is an ideal family outing.
If you would like to experience a different animal excursion – why not try a national park safari?
A safari will take you into the African bush and allow you to see the world of wild African animals.