Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Reptilian All Sorts

A realization that has come as somewhat of a surprise to me is my newly found fascination with all things reptile. I have over the last six months, visited many of the reptile parks and have discovered that they are owned and operated by fantastic people who are dedicated conservationists and are passionate about what they do.

All venues give guided tours that are as much fun as they are informative and offer exceptionally good value for money. Kids seem to be mesmerized by snakes and crocs and the tour guides do an excellent job of getting them involved and arousing their enthusiasm. I recently did the tour at Croc Creek and at pricing R40-00 per adult, R20-00 per child, for what was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, you have to go a long way to beat it.

Ndlondlo Reptile Park, up the road from where I live, boasts a variety of species, large and small, venomous and harmless. Owner Neville Wolmarans has been involved with reptiles for over 35 years and is assisted by his son Philip. They also charge a fee of under R50-00 per head and child entry is also discounted.

Then there’s Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park, where entrance fee is just R50-00 per adult and R20-00 per child between the ages of 3 and 12 years. Children under 3 years enter for free. On weekends and public holidays seal and snake shows are held twice a day at 12:00 and 15:00 and Boat Cruises are also available at an additional fee of just R25-00 per adult and R13-00 per child. For children under the age of 3 the boat cruises are also free of charge.

In these tough economic times, if you have kids and are looking to treat them to an unforgettable adventure experience this Christmas, without breaking the bank, look no further than any of the above. Photo: Newborn Croc at Crocodile Creek

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