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Kalimba Reptile Park
 
     
 

About Kalimba Farm

 
            Kalimba Reptile Park, just a short 20 Km north east of Lusaka, is a premier day excursion resort – one of the best around Lusaka. There’s so much on offer. A great day out especially for families and school trips. A place that suits all kinds of people - whether in search of knowledge, fun, excitement, or just relaxation!

    Giant crocodiles, deadly snakes, fishing, crazy golf, volley ball, swimming, pool side rest, trampolines, food...
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.

Kalimba Farms has a large fishing operation that supplies Tilapia (Bream) to the city and its surrounds, and breeds crocodiles for the crocodile skin export market. Part of the farm has been opened up to the public and this forms the Kalimba Reptile Park.
    Here 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.

Kalimba Reptile Park is open every day of the year. Specially trained guides are available to take you on informative tours. (When the Best of Zambia team visited, our guide was Levy Banda who has been a tour guide there for four years. Levy has learned all about reptiles, from personal observation and from reading. He clearly loves his work! )
    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!

Fishing - One of the most popular activities at Kalimba is fishing in the ponds that are open to the public. Many people spend the whole day fishing here. Visitors can hire fishing tackle (rod, line, hooks and bait) and braii (BBQ) their catch for a picnic on the farm. But if you wish, you can take your catch home. Note that catches need to be weighed and paid for at reception. Visitors can also buy fresh fish on the farm at fantastic farm prices!
    We operate on a ‘mono-sex’ culture, which means that we only keep the male fish as they grow faster than the females. The small female fish are fed to the hatchling crocodiles. The large crocodiles seen on touring Kalimba are the breeders. Kalimba Farm is now self-sufficient in egg production. The laying season is temperature determined and usually takes place in Sept. / Oct. The eggs are then removed to be incubated. They hatch out in December.

Activities - As well as reptile tours, there are plenty of other activities to fill your time, or to entertain the kids of 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 for picnics and relaxing - in the sun or in the shade.

Refreshments and braiis - Ever sampled a ‘Croc’ burger? Here is where you can - it’s very popular served piping hot, irresistible to those with an adventurous palette – though they say it tastes just like chicken!
    Other tasty grilled (BBQ) food is available such as beef, pork and fish - all of which are farm-reared right next door. Drinks are available at reception and include soft and alcoholic beverages. You can also buy ice cream – is any day out complete without it?
    For picnics, bring your own ingredients (or fish for them) and use the braii stands that are scattered across the grounds. (Charcoal is sold on the farm).

Kalimba Reptile Park first opened its doors to the public in March 1995 in response to the many requests received from the public to view the crocodiles brought to Kalimba Farm in 1985. The farm was the first in the world to integrate crocodile farming with aquaculture - the natural waste from pigs is used to improve the plankton in the water that makes up the normal diet of some of the Tilapia species of fish. These fish, called Bream in Zambia, are then grown on the farm.


 

Source: Kalimba in the site of "The best of Zambia" (2009)

 
   
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