Far Horizon Animal Farm, provides the perfect place for children to play on jungle gym's, interact with our furry friends, such rabbits, pot belly pigs, guinea pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, and a variety of birds. The venue has coffee shop, serving light meals, catering for birthday parties for kiddies. For the adults there are braai facilities, and restaurant on the property. Swimming pool will be completed by end July 2012.
Shelly Beach (KZN)
If you’re on holiday with kids along the Hibiscus Coast drive them straight to Pure Venom Reptile Park.
Here they can eyeball some of the most fearsome and venomous snakes on the planet; count all 70 teeth of a crocodile and stroke the scales of an iguana. If you’re brave enough you can even have your mug shot taken while holding a python, mamba, cobra or viper!
The park is situated on an old estate in Izotsha near Shelly Beach. The beautiful grounds are graced by enormous wild olive trees that date back to the 1800s.
Publicized as the biggest reptile farm in Africa, it is home to an awesome collection of indigenous and exotic reptiles. This includes nine species of rattlesnake, the largest variation of this species outside the USA, and five species of crocodile. The highly threatened giant sungazer lizard breeds here and you might even witness the mating and courtship rituals of gaboon vipers, boomslang and mambas.
Kids big and small will be thrilled as they get up close and personal with numerous snakes, iguanas and crocodiles. Pure Venom Reptile Park also presents an interesting educational experience. Here you will find out funky facts about snakes including the fact that egg-eating snakes have teeth in their necks and mole snakes have up to ninety five babies!
Guided tours and snake demonstrations are on offer daily. Don’t miss witnessing the fascinating spectacle of crocodiles and alligators being fed on Sundays.
+27 (0) 39 685 0704
Open daily 09:00 – 17:00.
Animal Parks near Hibiscus Coast
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Port Edward(37.3 km from Hibiscus Coast)
Join a heart-warming educational experience and support the gentle wildlife residents at Crag’s View Wild Care Centre.
Situated on Crag’s View Farm, Crag’s View Wild Care Centre is the only official wildlife rehabilitation centre serving the lower South Coast region.
Animals and birds that have sustained injuries or are orphaned mainly due to human influence are rehabilitated for release into the wild. Patients include the rare blue duiker, bush buck, other antelope and a variety of birds and small mammals indigenous to the area.
Crag’s View Wild Care Centre offers their educational talk and experience from Monday to Sunday at 10 am by appointment only.
+27 (0) 39 311 2488
Crag’s View Farm, Izingolweni Road, Port Edward.
Freeland Park(71.9 km from Hibiscus Coast)
Find out how many teeth crocodiles have and other amazing facts.
Daily crocodile tours offer a fascinating experience where visitors can learn about the lifestyle of crocs from newborn hatchlings to 100-year-old giants during their feeding times at 11:00 and 15:00.
The lush park comprises gardens and indigenous forest where numerous reptiles, mammals and birds can be viewed safely in their natural habitats.
A farmyard section offers young visitors an experience of a variety of domesticated animals including sheep, goats and horses. On site is a curio shop and the Crocodilian Restaurant with great views over the park.
Amanzimtoti(99.9 km from Hibiscus Coast)
Also known as the Umdoni Bird Park, the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary is well worth a visit. A large expanse of shimmering water is flanked by rolling lawns and lush plantings on the one end and indigenous forests on the other.
Picnic spots and pleasant 30 minute self-guided trails meanders through the forest. The sanctuary is a haven for birdlife and visitors have the chance of spotting many of the 150 bird species including resident spurwing geese, white faced duck, greenback heron, giant kingfisher, brown-hooded kingfisher and hamerkop.
Look out for Narina trogons and the endangered spotted ground-thrush. Rare blue duiker and Cape clawless otter also frequent the park.
+27 (0) 31 903 7498
Umdoni Road, Amanzimtoti.