Crocodile Tours

Nile Crocodile Farm

Prehistoric predator tour.

Nile Crocodile tour

Large adults then hatchlings at crocodile farm.
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Tours to Crocodile Farm

Ekala Eco Tours offer the Crocodile tour as a half day tour. Collection and drop off – O. R. Tambo airport or then any other point – Johannesburg or Pretoria.

We can additionally add other wildlife options or other local tours to create a full day tour.

Indeed best due to the distance to travel from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

A commercial crocodile farm where informative guided tours as a result provide an opportunity to observe one of the world’s oldest predators at a close range.

The farm houses more than 800 crocodiles, while ranging from the large adults to the hatchlings, which can be held.

 

An educational program covers items of interest about the crocodiles and their environment.

 

Feeding then takes place over the weekend at 14:00. Additionally a curio shop on site with wide variety of souvenirs.

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Crocodile tour is indeed a wildlife experience that will be remembered for life.

Ekala’s crocodile tours can then be adapted to the client’s individual needs.

Accordingly we accommodate specific tour and personal requirements.

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Predator Fact Sheet:

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Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus Niloticus)

Origin: Africa.

Length: 6.2m head to tail Weight: 225 kg.

Diet: mainly catfish but prey on any vulnerable species.

Crocodiles can go without food for up to 8 months.

66mm long conical teeth with a bite force of 22kN

Colouring: dark green in colour with bands of darker green on the tail.

Crocodiles can remain submerged for up to 30 minutes if threatened and then up to 2 hours if totally inactive.

Crocodiles lifespan: 45 years in the wild and indeed 80 years in captivity.

Conservation status: Lower risk of extinction.

Primary threat to crocodiles is habitat loss, pollution, hunting and entanglements in fishing nets.

Can reach speeds of 40 Km/h in water. Crocodiles are related to dinosaurs. More closely related to birds than they are to snakes and lizards.

Nile crocodile is actually responsible for over 300 human deaths yearly in Africa.

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Commercial Game Parks – Captive wildlife industry - As Lion and Safari Park + Rhino and Lion Reserve

Most tourists who visit a captive wildlife facility, are unaware of the negative impact of these Commercial run “parks”

Due to conservation issues that Ekala Eco Tours finds unacceptable – we do not support these types of commercially structured “Game Parks”.

Further, commercial “parks” that breed lions (or simply have lions) for financial gain – must, in Ekala’s opinion, be avoided. Indeed even if you are supplied the tour for free.

Private “parks” are never the best options – specifically in an artificial environment – structured as a money-making facility only, then with little regard for the wildlife and there long-term sustainability. Accordingly the entire world is moving away from such facilities.

Indeed there are many wildlife options that would leave you with a better experience – not a feeling that you would have negatively contributed to conservation in general and then to the ultimate death of the lions encountered.

Indeed far better options as Kruger and Pilanesberg National Park/Reserves.

Lion type safari “Parks” are the cheapest options available for any wildlife experience – however at what cost to the lions.

Although a slight difference between the Lion and Safari Park and Rhino and Lion Reserve – in our opinion – both have conservational issues and should be avoided. Thus, currently we (Ekala Eco Tours) are not supplying tours to either.

If a tour to one of the naturally wild national parks is done with Ekala – we will highlight the industry of canned hunting and its attachment to these private parks.

Indeed the differences between the various “parks”, “sanctuaries” and the naturally wild National Parks as the Pilansberg will be explained.

Also conservationally correct and naturally wild would be a safari in the Kruger National Park.

Lions are listed as vulnerable to extinction with a decreasing wild population size. Breeding in captivity does however not rectify the problem.

Further, not a single captive-bred, hand-reared lion (as would come from a private “park” type facility) has been successfully released into the wild. There is no conservation purpose to breed lions or to keep them in captivity.

Handled lions can’t be introduced into the wild. Other than hunting, there is no sustainable market for having or breeding lions.

What you may experience is pleasing to the eye, it is however what goes on behind the scenes that is horrifying.

Over 3 lions – PER DAY - are killed in South Africa for the trophy, bones, claws, and teeth market. While all these lions come from private lion “parks”. Thus Ekala refuses to be a part of this industry.

Ekala is however not against legal and ethical forms of sustainable hunting and recognises the role that hunting plays in many conservation programs. However, the current figure of profits from hunting, for Africa, of the actual value, trickling down to the local community is less than 3%.

Ekala complies 100% with the international efforts to eradicate animal abuse.

Consequently Ekala’s opinion and avoidance of lion facilities:

1. Any facility that breeds with lions or indeed trades in any way with lions has no conservation value.

2. Any facility using the excuse that their breeding programs are for conservation purposes - No conservation purpose to breed lions.

3. Any facility breeding of lions in captivity - because when they get to full size there is however no market for them other than hunters.

4. Any facility breeding on demand, removing cubs from mothers prematurely, bottle fed, then “selling” cub interactions.

5. Any facility – that has no interaction in any way – they essentially are still a lion breeding factory.

6. Any facility – selling walking with lion opportunities.

Cheetahs:

Most of the above applies to captive cheetah facilities, specifically those that make no genuine efforts at reintroduction programs or promote the survival of free-ranging cheetahs. These reintroduction programs are however possible for the cheetah where it is not possible for lion.

Only one of the many (around 80 in South Africa) cheetah sanctuaries that Ekala is aware of, support breeding programs of the Anatolian shepherd dogs, used by farmers to mitigate the human/wildlife conflict.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Sanctuary is compliant with nature conservation and is an excellent wildlife site to visit.

Solo South Africa safari and travel:

South African safari and eco tour holiday then catering for the single / solo traveller.

Indeed, for all diverse interests and ages.

Then accompanied by Ekala’s professional guides.

As a solo South Africa traveller the private safari or tour is accordingly customised to your needs.

Hence providing quality time on your interests and requirements.

While striving to make long lasting memories for you.

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Please supply the duration that you are looking at being in South Africa, group size, then your estimated dates and duration.

Then additionally what you wish to include in this time, and we can advise using our extensive South Africa experience.

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