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Address: P.O. BOX 3, Post Code 80202, Watamu, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 718 290324
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Description: Bio-Ken is a research centre, which deals with reptiles, especially snakes...
Bio-Ken is a research centre, which deals with reptiles, especially snakes and snake-bite. Located less than 5 minutes drive from the hotels in Watamu - Kenya, it houses the largest collection of Snakes in East Africa and is open to the public. There are about 127 different snake species in Kenya. Of these only 18 have caused human fatalities and only another 6 could kill you. Another 10 could cause you a lot of pain and the remaining 93 or so, are non-venomous nor dangerous.
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Informative, clean and great for kids

Excellent guide, and the snakes seemed well cared for and there was a nice variety. Kids could hold three or four types of snakes. Well worth a visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Arusha, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Excellent guide, and the snakes seemed well cared for and there was a nice variety. Kids could hold three or four types of snakes. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Had a fantastic time here - very informative and interactive tour. Learnt lots about snakes and other reptile creatures. Would recommend!

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Tunis, Tunisia
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

interesting tour around the snakes-quite a small area but all the mamba's, vine snakes, adders you ever need-very knowledgeable guides and you can handle a house snake if you should dare.

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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A great morning activity with some friends. Interesting snakes, an interesting tour and rather nerve-racking snake handling! Worth the 750 shillings for sure.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

As well as displaying the many snakes of the region (including some of the world's most poisonous) this snake farm does valuable conservation and education work and also "milks" snakes' venom for the manufacture of antidotes. The guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You can even handle some of the non-poisonous snakes if you have a mind.

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Nairobi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

At Bio-Ken Snake Farm, you can learn all about snakes and even get to handle a few. The staff are all experts and can answer any questions you have. There are a number of species on display, including pythons, cobras, mambas and non-poisonous snakes such as mole snakes, which can be handled by guests. Bio-Ken do excellent work in dispensing... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I'm not crazy about snakes but this was a very eye opening place. They have every snake you can think of. If you are into snakes or want to hold a snake or learn how to handle and reallocate snakes, pay Bio Ken a visit! All the guides within are very knowledgeable on every single thing to do with snakes.... More 

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Halmstad, Sweden
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Lots of great creepy crawlers packed into this small gem of a park. Knowledge guides. Our whole family (2 adults + a 5-year-old) enjoyed our visit.

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Oxford
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were shown around by bonniface who was very knowledgable about snakes. It was a great place to visit and we came away with lots of new facts about snakes.

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Nairobi
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This place has more than 60 different species of snakes and other amphibians and is a must visit for sure.

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