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Crocodile farm in Chobe

The crocodile farm in Botswana is found in a typical rural Botswana setting along the Chobe River and roughly ten minutes away from the famous quadruple border between Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in a town known as Kazungula. The farm was started up as a project to protect the Nile crocodiles that were being killed by the locals and it is currently being run by Susan who took over from her father who died in 2000.

What do you know about the famous Nile crocodiles that are found in many countries across the African continent? Have you ever seen a crocodile hunting for prey or fed one? The crocodile farm in Chobe is the place to be.

While on a trip to the crocodile farm that is under the management of Susan, you will be able to see crocodiles of different ages, male and female ones although this might be hard to tell unless you look at them closely and get to know the facts about crocodiles, their way of life and you will also be able to assist in feeding them but do not make a mistake of getting close to them.

If you want to know all this and more then you are in the right place because the crocodile farm in Chobe has all the information that you need.

Young crocodiles: These normally live on land in holes that they have dug for themselves (for about 3 to 4 years). The holes are about 3 meters long and they act as a shelter for the young crocodiles. They only start getting into the backwater and swamps when they get older and the easiest way to distinguish them is their green color and they feed on birds, small fish, and other small animals.

Adult Crocodiles: Adult Crocodiles have a distinct yellowish color on their bellies and an almost olive-grey color on the rest of your body. The adult ones hunt easily as they know how to camouflage within the water and use their tails to redirect birds and fish into their mouth.

What do crocodiles normally feed on?

Crocodiles generally feed on catfish but can as well attack animals like antelopes, zebras, and buffalos that are often seen at the River banks. They do this in a collective form and break down the meat into smaller pieces so that each gets a share.

Planning a crocodile farm trip is quite easy and interesting and some of the most important things that you need to know about the crocodile farm include the following:

It is in a remote area: its remote location gives it a countryside feeling making it to be one of the best places to go to for tourists who are looking for a modest and quiet way to spend your safari. Do not expect to find luxurious lodges, the roads are hardly tarmacked but the reptiles inside the farm will make up for everything.

There is no WIFI: just like earlier mentioned, the farm is located in a remote area so do not expect to find WIFI in the area. It is a good way to bond with whomever you have travelled with or with other guests that you find at the farm because trust us, you do not want to keep on refreshing your page because of a poor network.

Accommodation at the crocodile farm: with about 1000 crocodiles just right outside your accommodation with a fence separating the two of course, this is one opportunity that you cannot pass by if you get the chance. Getting accommodation inside the crocodile farm gets you a discount from the manager Sue.

The cottage is comfortable: the cottage found on the farm is very comfortable and a good place to stay if you are not in a hurry. You should however note that there are self-catering services at the farm and the cottage is fixed with a fridge, cooker, kettle, all utensils, and a toaster.

You will need to book in advance if you are planning on visiting the crocodile farm. There are a lot of things that you get to learn from the farm about crocodiles for example their reproduction and what they usually feed on.

Reproduction of crocodiles

Crocodiles mate between July and August and after mating, the female crocodile will look for a sand bank that has a good drainage system where the eggs will be laid. The sand bank is always above the ground in a sunny area and this will be the place where the said female will lay her eggs till she dies unless it is damaged. Towards November, the female crocodile digs a hole about 40cm deep and the crocodile will keep an eye on its eggs until they hatch. Note that a female crocodile San lay 16 to 80 eggs and they hatch between 80 to 90 days.

Female crocodiles are ruthless in nature and they do all it takes to protect their eggs from vultures and other predators. When they hatch, the female crocodile opens its mouth wide for the young ones to get in and it transports them to the water and stays with them for about 6 to 8 weeks till they are ready to fend for themselves.

Crocodiles reach sexual maturity at the age of 12 to 15 years and weigh about 1000kgs at the time. Male crocodiles always fight for the right to mate and although the female ones take care of the young ones, the males are known to often eat them. The sex of the crocodiles before hatching is determined by the temperature under which they have been hatched for example male crocodiles are incubated at higher temperatures ranging between 31 to 34 degrees and female ones between 26 to30 degrees.

On your visit to the farm, you get to carry the baby alligators under the supervision of Suzan but when it comes to the adult ones, you will see them behind cages due to their unpredictable nature. With all the knowledge that Suzan has about crocodiles, you will have extensive knowledge about the reptiles by the time you leave the farm.