Since Kalimba Reptile Park is just half an hour drive from Lusaka it is a premier Lusaka attraction and day excursion that suits all kinds of people, whether you’re in search of knowledge, fun, excitement or just relaxation! This is a top tourist place to visit also popular with locals who fancy a day out. Kalimba Reptile Park is open every day of the year and specially trained guides are available to take you on informative tours. Kalimba Reptile Park nestles in the lush basin of the Ngwerere stream, an extension of Kalimba Farms that specialises in pig, fish, dairy and crocodile farming. Part of the farm has been opened up to the public and this forms the Kalimba Reptile Park.
At this Lusaka attraction you’ll experience giant nile crocodiles, a large variety of indigenous snakes, tortoises and other reptiles. It is also one of the few places left in the world where you can see the rare and shy slender-nosed crocodile. The large crocodiles you’ll see on a Kalimba tour are the breeders. Kalimba Farm is now self sufficient in crocodile egg production. The laying season is temperature determined and usually takes place in September and October. The eggs are then removed to be incubated and they hatch in December every year.
Kalimba is a very popular destination for school trips and group day trips. There is well displayed information about the reptiles in the park and 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! As well as reptile tours, there are plenty of other activities to fill your time, or to entertain the kids if you’d rather relax by the pool! Challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf or to reeling in the biggest fish. There’s also a volleyball court, a trampoline, a pool table and table tennis facilities. Or simply choose to lounge by the pool. The grounds are well laid out with many beautiful spots in the sun or in the shade.
Refreshments, braiis (BBQs) and picnics
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 beef, pork and fish, all of which are farm-reared right next door. Ice creams and drinks are available at reception and include soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Food and snacks are produced from the farm ensuring freshness and quality. The Kalimba Farm has a farm shop offering a range of products at farm prices. Products include bream, croc tail, chops and sausages in your braii or take them home with you! Braai ingredients are offered for sale and charcoal is also available at a small extra cost. Braai stands are free of charge. Full bar facilities are available. (Personal drinks are not allowed.)
Park opening times and entry
Kalimba is open from 09:00 – 18:00 hours every day of the year. Entry charges are ZMW30 for adults and ZMW15 for children aged 14 and below. Entry is free for children below the age of 2.
Large groups of over 20 are given a discount. Rates are ZMW25 per adult and ZMW12 for children. For school visits and educational trips, children above the age of 14 are charged ZMW25 and children below 14 pay ZMW12. For every 10 children in the group, one teacher gets a free entry. Discounts are not available on Sundays or public holidays.
How to get to Kalimba Farms
There are two possible points of access:
- From Great east Road head towards the airport and turn left immediately after the Engen Filling Station just before Chelston water tower. Carry on straight till you cross a small stream and at the T Junction just up the hill, turn right. Kalimba is 800m on the right.
- From the Great North Road heading towards Kabwe there is a permanent Police Road Block at Kabangwe, just out of Lusaka. About 1km past this just before the crest of a hill there is a right turn at Ngwerere. Take third turn and carry on straight for 10km and you will find Kalimba on the right just after Ellensdale School.
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