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They’re enough to make your skin crawl but somehow we are attracted to them, they seem to hold an endless fascination to us humans. They are the Nile crocodile, one of the few man-eating predators on the planet and an ancient species that survived the dinosaurs. And what better place to view them and discover more about this fascinating reptile than the Riverbend Crocodile Farm, inland of Southbroom on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal Province?
The Riverbend Crocodile Farm was opened way back in 1981 and is a family-run business. Initially opened as a tourist attraction, it has become an important breeding centre. The facility has over 200 Nile crocodiles spread throughout the grounds in beautifully landscaped enclosures where visitors can safely view them from raised boardwalks. The onsite education centre provides a great deal of information relating to the lifecycle of the crocodile and displays many items of interest.
Aside from the crocodiles, there is a snake house on the property containing 19 of South Africa’s best known snakes.
Sunday is the best day to visit, as one can watch a snake demonstration followed by crocodile feeding times. Both are highly educational and people will leave with a more rounded and informed view of the crocodile and its snake cousins.
Crocodile eggs hatch in summer and visitors can arrange to attend a hatching demonstration through prior arrangement.
Other places of interest on the farm include a plant nursery, children’s playground, a wine and art gallery offering the latest wines and showcasing the talented work of local artists, a curio shop with some rather unusual crocodile memorabilia and a popular restaurant where crocodile meat is on the menu. The Spring Wine Festival is hosted at the farm for guests to sample the country’s most recent wine offerings.
The Riverbend Crocodile Farm has been around for over 35 years, and based on the number of visitors that arrive annually, is likely to continue entertaining families well into the future.