Riverbend Crocodile Farm in Southbroom was officially opened in 1981, with a small number of crocodiles obtained from a farm near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It is now home to over 200 adult Nile Crocodiles as well as many juveniles of various sizes. Each year about 4 500 hatchling crocodiles are also produced.
An education centre provides detailed information on the life-cycles of crocodiles as well as the day-to-day workings of the farm.
Due to popular demand, a Snake House was opened in 2003, which is home to some of Africa’s deadliest snakes.
Riverbend Crocodile Farm also boasts a well stocked curio shop, a conference centre and the fully licensed Crocodile Café, which specializes in crocodile dishes.
Also to be found on the property is the Art and Wine Gallery, expanded and reopened in 2005. The Gallery displays a wide variety of original artworks and crafts by some of South Africa’s best artists. A fine collection of wines can also be found in a cellar in the Art Gallery. These are provided for sale to the public or for tasting.
Riverbend Crocodile farm is open daily, except on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
The crocodiles are fed at 15:00 every Sunday, shortly after a snake demonstrations at 14:30 to educate the public about snakes and dispel a few myths.
Crocodile hatching demonstrations take place in January and February and are not to be missed.