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Bio-Ken Snake Farm

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Address: P.O. BOX 3, Post Code 80202, Watamu, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 718 290324
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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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Like snakes or not, worth a visit

A visit to Bio-Ken is a must do when in Watamu and like these crawlies or not, it is worth seeing and learning about snakes. Once though, for me, was enough.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Kampala, Uganda
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Kampala, Uganda
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273 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Bio-Ken is a must do when in Watamu and like these crawlies or not, it is worth seeing and learning about snakes. Once though, for me, was enough.

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1 Thank Safariafficionado
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

The wide variety of snakes here is quite remarkable and the knowledge of the tour operators on each snake it truly commendable. You can phone ahead and ask for them to prepare a snake to get milked as well. It's very scary knowing what could be in your garden after a visit to this research facility. Definitely recommend anyone to... More 

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1 Thank James M
Kakamega, Kenya
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Well worth a visit as a break from the beach. They have a lot of snakes and the guides are very well informed. You can also hold the snakes (non dangerous ones of course!) However 1,000KES is to expensive.

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1 Thank KakamegaRover
Nairobi, Kenya
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

There are hardly any snakes in what from the outside looks like a large building. Save your time and find somewhere else to visit in Watamu.

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Thank NirmalyaKE
Rwanda
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Very impressed with our guide, Boniface, who had the kids fascinated. Some very well-fed snakes to see! The place seems well maintained and worth visiting to contribute to the project.

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Thank Sarah5532
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Bit creepy at first but then my family got to learn so much about snakes. The money they charge as entrance fees will be used to conserve them. Good for 40-50 minutes.

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Thank Bhavesh S
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

An exhaustive array of the most dangerous and friendliest snakes ! Very informed guides - we had Geoffrey who had great experience & stories to share... Definitely some life saving tips for those of us who never encounter snakes... Black mambas, green mambas, twig snskes for whom there is no anti venome! The go to rescue team for snake bites... More 

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1 Thank McGreevyTeam
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Bio-Ken is run by highly knowledgable and dedidacted people. You will be shown snakes and explained their behaviour and lifestyle. Holding a snake? Yes, you will handle a harmless snake and if you are scared it is the time you can overcome it. Snakes are so important to eco systems and the more you know about them the less you... More 

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Thank Buscherlebnisse
Nairobi, Kenya
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69 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

A small snake farm , many viarieties of snakes esp Cobras. The amazing thing is they allow you to hold the non harmful snakes . It's an experiance.

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Thank Maxx703
Dubai
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Superb tour from our guide Dickson, extremely knowledgeable and educational especially from somebody who is petrified of snakes

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