There is well displayed information 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! 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. The grounds are well laid out with many beautiful spots in the sun or 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 are sold at reception, together with 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 for your braai or take them home with you! Braai ingredients are on offer as well as charcoal and braai stands are free of charge. Full bar facilities are available (personal drinks are not permitted).
Entrance charges are K50 per adult and K25 per child who is 14 years old or younger. Children below 2 years of age enter for free. Discounts for groups of 20 people or more comes down to K45 per adult and K20 per child. For school visits and educational tours the entrance fee is K20 per child under 14 years of age and K45 for children and youths above that age. For every 10 children in the group, one teacher is free of charge. For example, if you bring 50 children, 5 teachers will be free of charge. Please note however, that no group or school discounts are given on Sunday or public holidays.
How to get to Kalimba Farms
Kalimba is 20km north east of Lusaka. There are two possible points of access:
The laying season is temperature determined and usually takes place in September and October. The larger crocodiles are the breeders. The eggs are removed to be incubated and hatch in December each year.
What you'll see and things to do
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.
Kalimba Reptile Park opened its doors to the public in March 1995 in response to the many requests Kalimba Farm received from the public to view the crocodiles that had been brought to Kalimba Farm in 1985.
The farm was the first in the world to integrate crocodile farming with aquaculture whereby the natural waste of ducks is used to improve the plankton in the water that forms the normal diet of some of the Tilapia species of fish. These fish, called bream in Zambia, are then grown on the farm.
Kalimba Farm operate on a 'mono-sex' culture, which means that they only keep the male fish as they grow faster than the females. Kalimba Farm is the only farm in Zambia that specialises in Three Spot Bream, the so called 'Royal' Tilapia because of its sweet and delicate taste.
The large crocodiles that you will have seen on your tour are Kalimba Farm's breeders and the farm is now self-sufficient in egg production.
The laying season is temperature determined and usually takes place in September / October. The eggs are removed to be incubated and hatch out in December.
At Kalimba Farms, you can purchase: