Crocworld (Scottburgh, South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal)
Welcome to our road trip of December 2021. We are travelling by car across South Africa (from the west coast → north coast → KZN south coast → back to the west coast). The distance we will cover, will be around 5,000km (3,106 miles).
Our main purpose for this trip, besides seeing places we have not seen before, is for Berto to scuba dive in Sodwana Bay and then to be a little more adventurous … diving with sharks in the ocean in Umkomaas on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. We hope to share lots of pictures to show you our beautiful country.
Accommodation – Day 12 to Day 18:
During our week in Umkomaas, our main purpose was for Berto to dive with sharks. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t always great for diving … but that meant we could visit other close by attractions … such as the Crocworld Conservation Centre.
Crocworld is only 8km from Umkomaas and we were pleasantly surprised with this 24ha of beautifully landscaped indigenous gardens (with stunning sea views)!
You will not only find crocodiles here, but also snakes, tortoises and a variety of water birds. We had a look inside the snake section, but took no photo’s (we rather made a quick escape … they are very scary)!
Before we get to the crocodiles, let’s have a stroll through the section of water birds …
Over 200 bird species can be encountered at Crocworld. Not all of these are in cages, but it’s important to remember that those that are in cages are either rehabilitated birds or captive bred and unfortunately cannot be released back into the wild.
The Nile Crocodile:
Now, it’s time to have a closer look at the crocodiles. If you plan your visit, you might want to do it around the crocodiles’ feeding times (11am and 3pm). Unfortunately, our visit was between these times, but it was still very much enjoyable.
First, there is Henry … the oldest known Nile Crocodile in captivity who arrived at Crocworld in 1985 as an adult, with records that stated then that he was 85-years old. He is now 120 years old, lives in his enclosure with ten wives and has fathered over 10,000 offspring in the last 32 years … Henry must consider himself as a lucky crocodile!
Fun fact: Do crocodiles sweat?
Here’s an important fact to remember while watching the crocodiles: Crocodiles can’t control their body temperatures like humans – when we humans are hot, we sweat … but crocodiles open their mouths to cool down. Thank goodness I read this before we walked towards the crocodiles, because I saw many of them with open mouths!
After spending quite some time in the sun, we decided to have lunch at the Fish Eagle Café. But on our way, we first have to negotiate our way around some monkeys to get to our food!
Lunch at Fish Eagle Café:
The Fish Eagle Café is a beautiful place to enjoy either breakfast or lunch. There’s plenty of space inside the restaurant or you can choose to sit outside under umbrellas. We found a nice spot outside with some amazing views of the Indian Ocean. The staff is friendly and the food really tasty – our kind of place!
After lunch, we took a last stroll through the beautiful gardens before our visit to Crocworld came to an end.
We had such an enjoyable day at Crocworld. It’s great to see how well the park is maintained and that the animals are well taken care of.
In our next post, we are slowly making our way back home. But we still have some beautiful roads to show you and we sleep over in Bloemfontein, also known as the City of Roses and the capital city of the Free State Province.