Kinyonga Reptile Center

The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is a fantastic excursion, particularly for families with kids, who will be endlessly entertained by the wide variety of the centre’s slithering, hairy and slimy inhabitants. The Centre also offers daily informational talks and allows guests to handle various (non-venomous) reptiles. For those looking for unique photo opportunities, the Centre offers a Photographic Tour, which allows personal and up-close contact with the reptilian residents for unforgettable photography.

"Kinyonga" is a Swahili word meaning Chameleon which essentially means little lion. These completely harmless reptiles are feared by many inhabitants of Africa. This unreasonable fear also exists with snakes yet most snakes are, also themselves, totally harmless.

The Kinyonga Reptile Centre has a dedicated team that works at saving reptiles by all means possible. We believe that education is a powerful tool that should play a major role in conservation. The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is situated in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, 15km outside of the nearest town "Hoedspruit" and is located in one of the most pristine parts of the country in terms of natural heritage. This area has a particularly high concentration of snakes and therefore there is a high frequency of interaction between snakes and people, making this a prime destination for reptile related research and public education.

Speak to your hosts when booking, or when at Maninghi Lodge, and we'll arrange the bookings for you.

Recommended for:
  • Wildlife / Conservation Enthusiasts
  • Families and kids
  • Couples
  • Photographic Enthusiasts
  • Duration: At Leisure
  • Interactive Tour (guided tour - booking essential)
  • Photographic Tour (booking essential)
Handy essentials:
  • Cameras
  • Hats and Sunscreen
  • Brave face!
Our Team Rating:
  • 4/5