Kalimba Reptile Park
Kalimba Reptile Park
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Anna J
82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Our visit to kalimba was very lovely, the outside space is beautiful and very covid secure. The crocodiles were fascinating and I learned a lot about the different snakes. The cafe sells snacks and we bought crocodile meat and kudu home for the freezer to braai later.
Written 11 April 2021
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holiday602
Lisburn, UK263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Our group loves the opportunity to hold the snakes! There were so many crocodiles at this park which was amazing but the tour guide was excellent and really friendly, very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions about the animals.
Written 26 August 2020
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Jan B
Prague, Czech Republic91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This was a schizophrenic experience for me.

On one hand, it is a very calm place to spend an afternoon in with plenty of shade and seating, small kids playground and even a pool. You get to see crocodiles of various sizes up close and personal and experience the thrill and wonder of seeing a six meter crocodile lazily stretching his powerful jaw just over a wire fence.

On the other hand, this is a farm, so the animals have very cramped living conditions, the infrastructure has clearly seen better days and the information provided about the animals is very minimal to the point of being non-existent.

Knowing I would see those beasts in wild up close later on, I would probably skip the trip, but I can imagine it is a nice thing to do around Lusaka on a lazy weekend, especially with smaller kids.
Written 26 August 2019
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Sydney M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This place has the poorest living conditions for its animals i have ever seen. The enclosures are overcrowded and too small for even one animal. This place also breeds the crocs you see for meat, and kill them at the very young age of 5 (crocs live longer then people normally). Do not give this place your money. It needs to be shut down
Written 18 June 2019
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AmiteshPatro
Bhubaneshwar68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016
This place is insanely good for seeing among the world's biggest Crocodiles. Its an awesome day visit plan with family and you can see the Black and green Mamba there too..!
Written 1 February 2016
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Ras Michamvi Beach Resort
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Family
I have been to Kalimba so many times... weekends, holidays and weekdays. A couple of years ago it was our main destination to relax, to grill crocodile tail ... just to enjoy with family and friends. But it started getting bad bit by bit. It was not my intention to complain but our last experience of the 13th of November 14 was so bad that I needed to mention it. I hadn't been there for a year and I hoped to find it how it was in the beginning.
We arrived at the end of the morning. There was a terrible noise noticeable as soon as we entered the main gate. After getting the assurance that the swimming pool and surroundings were quiet, we accepted to enter.
There were at least 100 children age 10 running around. Nothing wrong about that because I adore children but it was disgusting to see that more than 30 children were playing in one small pool with maybe a diameter of 3 or 4 meter. the water was like chocolate milk. I was only thinking " that I would NEVER allow my children to go to Kalimba with their school"

It was quiet at the swimming pool. After preparing our BBQ we started getting ready to jump in the water. The water was brown but it smelled luckily like chlorine, which proved that someone was taking care of it. One of the workers said that it was that dirty since too many people had used it on Independence day (THREE WEEKS EARLIER !!!)
Then in the early afternoon a group of young people from a Teacher Training school arrived. This is when the nightmare started. These people being trained to soon take care of our children behaved very badly. Swimming with all the clothes on, or in underwear which they had been wearing the whole day, drinking beer in the pool and even eating chicken in the pool...
My complaint towards the personnel was waived away with a big smile "We normally don't accept this" she said. I new enough that nobody was interested in me and my family.

Almost all left around 16hrs. The lawn was covered with alcohol bottles, remainders from their picnic, paper and plastic plates, dirty stuff all over the place, even in the pool.
There was a big bin though ... but we were the only ones using it.

I am so disappointed. The reason of all this is lack of control ... no supervision ... no control by the owners ... and because of the too friendly staff scared to react to people who don't behave.

Never again!
Written 15 November 2014
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FrancescoLanzoni
Rome, Italy186 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
The area is well kept and a lot of spaces with barbecue are available for picnic .
A bite of Africa just a few km out of the city centre.
The crocodiles are a little bit bored and so are the snakes in the reptilarium.
Great trees of different varieties provide shadow and recover.
Written 31 October 2014
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Gh0st50
Lusaka, Zambia205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
A good place for a weekend of fun,the place has a large open area for fun.The crocs are also an exciting activity for both the kids and adults.The reptile pack also has snakes,crocs,also offers fishing.For kids fun there is a swimming pool,playing area and for the adults there is a bar,fishing,pool table,swimming pool,open area for soccer and you are allowed to come with your own food and the braai stand will be offered to you.You have a tour guide when exhibiting the snakes,when the python is brought out,taking pics is allowed with it.
Written 24 September 2018
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Dara T
County Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Plenty of crocs & snakes. Nice addition of barbecued crocodile steak. Enjoyed meeting the python up close & personal.
Written 18 June 2018
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pckale
Lusaka, Zambia120 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
The park is only about 20 km from Lusaka. It is a good place for family picnic as the park offers activities for every age groups. It has a small collection of snakes but the most attractive are Black Mamba and Mozambique Spitting Cobra. It has large number of Nile Crocodiles. You also get to eat crocodile meat from the restaurant inside the park. The facilities include cottage like sitting areas with brai stands where you can brai chicken, fish etc on your own and enjoy it. You can also enjoy fishing in the small ponds inside the park. You are allowed to take away whatever fish you are catching. There are two separate swimming pools for children and adults.
Written 17 May 2017
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