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Khamai Reptile Centre

Khamai Reptile Centre
The Khamai Reptile Centre is situated in South Africas Limpopo Province, just 15km outside of Hoedspruit, in one of the most pristine parts of the country in terms of natural heritage. This area has a particularly high concentration of snakes and therefore there is a high frequency of interactions between snakes and people, making this a prime location for reptile-related research and public education. The centre aims to conserve through education and research, to locate, propagate and relocate rare and endangered reptiles, and to establish viable captive populations of rare and endangered reptiles.

The word Khamai is an old Greek word which means Chameleon, which in turn essentially means little lion. These completely harmless reptiles are feared by many inhabitants of Africa, and this unreasonable fear also exists with snakes yet most snakes are themselves also totally harmless. The Khamai Reptile Centre has a dedicated team that works at saving reptiles by all means possible. The believe that education is a powerful tool that should play a major role in conservation. Lodges, Farmers and local communities within the region often call upon the Khamai Reptile Centre to help with reptile, amphibian and arachnid related problems. The centre states that they will always come out to relocate animals back into the wild.

The Centre is situated in what is known as Big 5 country which is well known for its nature trails and adventure activities such as River Rafting, Mountain Climbing, Hot Air Ballooning, Cycling, Camping and more. The lifestyle is clean and looked after by the friendly people who welcome tourist with a smile.

The centre is open every day of the year, including all holidays from 08:00 to 17:00 and the staff are on call 24/7 for any reptile related emergencies.

Please note that the centre does not buy nor sell animals and therefore keeps the breeding of animals to a limit. Only animals that can be released or relocated into breeding and research programs are encouraged to breed.

The centre offers different options for its visitors:

Visitors can visit any day of the year from 08:00 to 17:00 as a day visitor without prior arrangement. These visitors are self guided but staff are always at hand to help with questions. Each animals habitat has a legend with lots of useful information regarding feeding, venoms, distribution and other interesting facts about the animal on display.

The Interactive Tour (which has a maximum of 20 persons and a minimum 6persons and requires booking) is designed to allow for an unforgettable hands on experience with a number of animals at the park. A curator will guide visitors through the facility and giving them an intimate hands on experience with live animals. Visitors will be allowed to feed, touch and photograph some of the more interesting reptile. Your guide will take reptiles out of the enclosures for you to genuinely interact with the animals in a safe humane manner.

The Photographic Tour (which can take 1 to 3 persons and requires booking) allows experienced as well as amateur photographers the opportunity to photograph animals in their natural habitat. This is a truly unique experience for anyone interested in photography, reptiles and nature. Visitors will have a personal guide and other facilitating handlers watching over the reptile while taking that perfect shot. Staff will help with information about the animals so that you can get a perfect document of the reptile in the most natural setting.

The centre also has a totally unique tranquil tea garden called the Lizard Rock Cafe which is set in a tropical garden with free roaming animals. While enjoying refreshments visitors can expect a visit from the parrots, Rocky the Macaw or his friends Jade and Ruby. The centres Squirrels, Monkeys and wild birds will also entertain you. The café also caters for birthday parties, school group lunches and other small functions.

For more information, entrance fees and bookings please contact the Khamai Reptile Centre:
Tel: +27-15-7955203
Mob: +27-82-2993981
Or email: reptile@yebo.co.za

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