Kalimba Reptile Park Premium member Veteran
If you are looking for a fun filled day that is great for a family day out or group excursion then this park is a popular attraction offering lots of ‘scaly’ sites and activities including fishing. This is a top tourist place to visit also popular with locals who fancy a day out. The park nestles in the lush basin of the Ngwerere stream, an extension of Kalimba Farms that specialises in pig, fish, dairy and crocodile farming.
At the park you’ll experience giant nile crocodiles, a 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.
- Well displayed information about the reptiles
- Trained guides available
- Very popular destination for school trips and group day trips
The eggs are removed to be incubated and hatch in December every year.
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.)
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.
Fees at Kalimba
- Adults entry: K30
- Children under 14 entry: K15
- Group rates available
What you’ll see and things to do
- Giant crocodiles
- Deadly snakes
- Crazy golf
- Volley ball
- Swimming pool
- Food and refreshments
- Picnic sites
- 20 Kilometres north east of Lusaka
The Farm is now self sufficient in crocodile egg production. The laying season is temperature determined and usually takes place in September and October. 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.
One of the most popular activities at the reptile park is a full day of fishing in the ponds that are open to the public. Visitors can hire fishing tackle including rod, line, hooks and bait, and then braii (bbq) their catch for a picnic on the farm. Individuals and groups are more than welcome to fish all year round.
- Healthy fishing, competition and a relaxing day of fun and banter
- All catches need to be weighed and paid for at reception
- Farm shop
The farm operates a mono-sex culture, which means that they only keep male fish since they grow faster than the females. The small female fish are fed to the hatchling crocodiles on the crocodile farm.