Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm – a snap shot
A visit to the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm really is a stunning way to spend a day with the family, learning more about the ancient Nile crocodile. One might not immediately associate over a 1000 crocodiles in one place with the ideal family day out but this thriving destination farm outside Stellenbosch has so much to offer the visitor.
The Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm is a CITES registered breeder and tanner of the African Nile crocodile. This crocodile is a resident reptile in many of South Africa’s game reserves but no longer roams free in the country, so this venue presents the visitor with unrivaled views and safe interactions with this fascinating creature. Much more than just a crocodile farm though, Le Bonheur is a beautiful estate in Simondium and aside from the crocodile viewing, offers catch-and-release fishing, wedding and conference facilities, and superbly well-appointed children’s party venue.
Lots of crocs…
A guided tour takes visitors across purpose-built ramps over the crocodile ponds breeding ponds, and during summer one can witness these huge reptiles being fed. Visitors brave enough are also able to touch a baby crocodile, but thankfully one is kept a safe distance from the adults who might consider us a tasty snack. These tours are offered every 45 minutes.
Tastes like chicken
You have no doubt heard that crocodile meat tastes just like chicken, and now is your opportunity to put that assertion to the test. The Le Bonheur self-service café offers a homemade croc pie along with its many other tasty treats. The licensed café overlooks rolling lawns with lovely picnic spots and plenty of croc-free safe areas for the children to play in.
On the subject of playing, the spacious grounds and large indoor venue makes this the ideal place to host a children’s party.
Catch it, but let it go…
Catch and release fishing is also on offer here too. After lunch perhaps or to work up an appetite, take a fishing rod (bring your own or rent) and head over to the dam stocked with bass and tilapia for a spot of fishing. One can also pre-book a picnic basket and take advantage of a free session of fishing with rod and tackle thrown in as part of the package.
Tel:021 863 1142
Address:Babylonstoren Road, R45, Simondium,
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Very disappointed in the food quality. The cheese platter for 2 wasn't even enough for one person. The 3 SMALL slices of bread was paper thin and the cheese on the platter started to melt already. No preserves, cold meat, or fruit served with platter. Paid R50 for a beef burger. The patty was poor quality and looked like a cheap frozen patty from a box. The croc tour however was very entertaining and the tour guide excellent with the children.