Riverbend Crocodile Farm

Riverbend Crocodile Farm

What was at first considered a crazy idea soon turned into a reality as the late Corky Kelly constructed Riverbend Crocodile Farm in Southbroom on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

The farm was officially opened by the Administrator of KwaZulu Natal Mr C.B.Botha on the 24th November 1981.

Designed by local architect Eben Du Plessis and constructed by the owner, Corky Kelly the farm has grown in the last 25 years and has now hosted more than 1.5 million visitors establishing itself as one of KwaZulu Natal’s major tourist attractions. While the initial crocodiles were obtained from Spencer’s Creek Crocodile Farm in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe additional crocodiles from Namibia, South Africa and now home bred crocodiles form the nucleus of one of the most successful crocodile breeding basks in South Africa.

The first crocodiles to be born at Riverbend where hatched in the summer of 1983.

Interestingly, the last wild crocodile recorded on the lower South Soast was a notorious crocodile which had been terrorizing bathers on the Uvongo beach and which was finally shot in 1864 at the base of the Uvongo waterfall.

Riverbend Crocodile Farm owned by the Kelly family has been managed by Howard Kelly the eldest son of the late Corky Kelly since 1989. The farm is open daily with the exception of Good Friday and Xmas day each year and the operating hours are from 9h00 to 16h30 daily.

Home to more than 200 adult nile crocodiles and numerous juveniles of all sizes, tourist visiting Riverbend Crocodile Farm are able to view the crocodiles in their natural habitat. Beautifully landscaped breeding enclosures are not only home to crocodiles but to numerous bird species as well.

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