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“Fantastic for families” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nairobi Mamba Village

Nairobi Mamba Village
Links Road, P.O. Box 85723 | Nyali, Nairobi, Kenya
254 735992686
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Ranked #49 of 128 Activities in Nairobi
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Colleges & universities, Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Owner description: East Africa’s largest crocodile farm.
London, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic for families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Having just visited here I would reccomend this place,theirs plenty of childrens facilities and a lovely crocodile park and Ostrich park.
Get their early you can witness the feeding time of the crocs.

Visited December 2013
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“Mamba Village”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

If you are interested in crocodiles then a visit here is well worth while. Although the place is a little run down the crocs are taken care of and lead easy lives. We had a guide called Lennard who was fantastic! If he shows you round then you will be in for a croc lesson. He was reeling off interesting croc facts like there was no tomorrow. You get to see the adult, teenage, and lastly baby crocs. You can hold a baby one and it is great to be able to see one so close up. They also have tortoise and ostrich there. There is a play park for kids which is a little rustic. If you want lunch then there is a nice restaurant there, about 800ksh for a main meal. They feed the crocs on a Sunday afternoon at half 4 if you want to see that. It is about 1000ksh for an non resident, much cheaper for residents.

Visited December 2013
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“Good Price for Locals”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Had taken couple of my friends and wife there, and found a staggering difference in price! It is over priced for sure if you are a tourist, but for a Kenyan, the pricing is very reasonable. The scenery is good too, have some big crocs & baby ones to view..

Restaurant was not bad either. Nice spacious grounds

Visited February 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Nice enough, but pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Except the (overpriced) restaurant, the place is looking a little tired and sad. It is cool to see crocodiles up close, and learn about them from the guide (no tipping needed), and the lake is pretty enough, but overall they need to invest some of that steep cover back into the facilities. I'd go again since it is a unique place to take visitors who have already done most if the sights, but wouldn't include on a "must-see" list.

Visited November 2013
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“Go if you want to see a lot of crocodiles.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Most of the reviews are correct, so it boils down to what you want out of it, and not raising your expectations to the impossible also.

Crocodiles are cold-blooded lizards. Don't expect them to be circus animals. They lay around and are really good at not moving. So this is what they do.

But, if you want to see hundreds of them up close, big ones, baby ones, and maybe see a few swim, and if you're there at 5pm, see a few jumping up to grab goat pieces hanging above them, and if you want to hold a baby crocodile and egg, and see the joy in your kids eyes as they do the same, then go.

I got it at Resident rates because my wife is Kenyan. I do agree the entry fee was a bit high for non-residents. But, I can also say that in all my life, I've never seen that many crocodiles and my little girl saying Doodoo Kubwa (Big Monster) over and over was priceless.

Yes, get a tour guide. AND why not pay a tip? Don't look at these people like the enemy. If you had any idea the pay rates these people usually make, and they have to walk around that park in the heat all year round and say the same things. Engage with them, and make some jokes. Make them feel comfortable and ask lots of questions, and they will be nicer too. WE'RE ALL HUMAN. And then graciously give them a little tip like 100 or 200 KSh (what is that like $2??? - is that going to kill you?) If that still doesn't work in getting them to respond more, well then sometimes you just can't win. But, i think most of the time you won't.

I was sorely disappointed with my crocodile meal, for 1000 KSh. I had the stir fry. However, I'll say two things. First, I don't know if it was crocodile I didn't like or if it was the restaurant. There were a few pieces of chicken-tasting (yes, i know...) tough meet with lots of pieces that were like fat but didn't completely totatlly taste like fat. Perhaps the Shish Kabob would have been a better choice. Who knows. But, secondly, i can say I ate crocodile, whether I like it or not. And I'm not in the poor house because I spent 10 bucks.

Were the snakes and fish, etc that exciting? no, not really. But, I still say a green mamba up close, and never have before...and so I walk away with that. And I'm happy.

There's the review, take it or leave it. You have to decide. It is a bit pricey for the fun you may have, especially as an adult. But I have to say, probably younger children seeing that many crocodiles is worth it. And if you do order the crocodile lunch, get the Shish Kabob instead and let me know how it was.

Visited October 2013
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