South Africa St Lucia Tours & Attractions - St Lucia Crocodile Center
St Lucia Crocodile Center
Situated close to St Lucia Village, between a 5 and 10 minute drive from Zulani Guest House, the Crocodile center offers an exciting and informative outing for visitors. Informative crocodile exhibits portray the lives of these fascinating reptiles. Some of the largest crocodiles in the country can be found at the St Lucia Crocodile Center.
Crocodile feeding for public demonstration takes place on Saturday afternoons at 15hOO (weather permitting) as well as on Wednesday evenings at 18h30. The evening feeding is only during the summer months. Enjoy a guided tour conducted by one of our SATOUR registered guides who work with crocodiles daily and who are truly in tune with these awesome creatures.
The St Lucia Crocodile Center now hosts an impressive collection of snakes. A snake demonstration is given every Saturday afternoon at 14hOO. The Crocodile center is one of only four permit holders that are allowed to keep the impressive Gaboon Viper in captivity. This highly endangered Viper is the world largest Viper and can weigh up to 8kgs with a fang length of 4cm.
The Crocodile center boasts the original and arguably the best Curio Shop in St Lucia. An interesting selection of books, souvenirs and traditional Zulu crafts are available. Young cycad plants, with permits, are also available for sale.
St Lucia Crocodile Center
After much hard work the St Lucia Crocodile Center has unveiled its new look. The center, which was opened on the 7th of December 2005, includes a new tea garden. New displays at strategic points throughout the center will educate guests on various aspects of the Wetland Park and its World Heritage values.
The snake park is set to reopen mid December and will showcase a full range of indigenous snakes while all the crocs, with their “exotic” alligator, long-nose and dwarf crocodile cousins, will still be there.
The new restaurant ready for the festive season
The revamp has been funded by the Wetland Authority, Ezemvelo and the Wildlands Conservation Trust to the tune of R1 million. This investment will see the rethatching of the entire complex, increased security features and a redesign of the Wetland Park interpretative area. Chantal Dickson, the recently appointed center manager, says that future developments could include local site guides to show visitors around.
Feeding time at the center can be quite graphic
On Saturdays at 2pm tourists can attend a snake demonstration followed by a croc feeding taking place at 3pm. For those who are brave enough to face these intimidating creatures in the dark there is a night feeding at 7pm on Wednesdays followed by traditional Zulu dancing. All feedings include an insightful and entertaining talk about the habits of these reptiles.