Mombasa Kenya Is A Great Place To See The Nile Crocodile

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Mombasa is a great place to view the Nile crocodile up close.  Both Haller Park and Mamba Village are unique locations to view them up close and even handle them.  The Nile crocodile was heavily hunted for it's leather and was close to extinction in the 20th century.  After conservation efforts, it is currently threatened in some areas, but overall it is listed as least concern in the IUCN Red List.

Crocodiles have remained largely unchanged in 200 million years, and even survived the mass extinction of their cousins, the dinosaurs.  This is believed to be in part because of their adaptation to water. [src]


1: On our first stop we visit Haller Park, a former rock quarry converted to a nature park. This crocodile I call 'Boss Man' at Haller Park absolutely dwarves his peers. To see him leap out of the water is a frightful thing to experience. Crocodiles are sedentary most of the time, but it's feeding time at the park, and he sees a tasty chicken carcass hanging from a cable.

2: Another photo of our massive friend nuzzled up to a smaller crocodile. There is really no comparison.

3: Another good angle of the Boss Man. According to the National Geographic, an adult Nile crocodile can be up to 16 feet long, weigh up to 500 pounds, and live to be 45 years old. They are the second largest crocodile, with their cousin the saltwater crocodile being up to 21 feet long and weighing up to 1650 pounds. [src]

4: I title this photo: Croc Salad. You can still see the Boss Man lurking in the lower left hand corner.

5: You frequently see crocodiles lounging at the waterside with their mouths hanging open. Some believe this is to catch unsuspecting prey, but it's actually how they help regulate their body temperature.

6: Crocodiles blend very well into the aquatic environment, and are often mistaken for floating debris.

7: On our second stop we visit Mamba Village, an active crocodile farm that supplies meat to nearby restaurants and visitors. It was our last day in Mombasa, and unfortunately we got hit by a huge thunderstorm. The rain was pouring down so badly, you can clearly see it in the photographs taken with my phone. This particular pool was home to a group of juvenile crocodiles.

8: Another enclosure is home to older crocs. Can you see the odd man out? This is a rare albino crocodile.

9: If you're not distracted by my pale legs, you'll notice I'm holding a young crocodile. At one point they did not tape the crocs mouth shut, so occasionally guests would get a nasty surprise for not handling them correctly. It doesn't take much to bind a crocs mouth shut, because the muscles opening their mouths are pretty weak. A human is capable of holding the mouth closed on a large crocodile. Compare this to their biting force of up to 5,000 PSI for the Nile Crocodile[SRC]. This is more than enough to snap off limbs or crush a human skull.

10: If you have an adventurous palate, you can give some croc and chips a try. It was actually quite good, and tastes like chicken of course! When you eat crocodile, you are actually eating the younger ones like I am holding in the photo above.

If you make your way to Mombasa, Kenya, I highly recommend going to both Haller Park and Mamba Village to see the crocodiles.  Haller Park has its own great story, which I will talk about in a future post.  Mamba village is a bit touristy, but still great if you want to see crocodiles and then eat them.  Mamba village is also home to the famous crocodile Big Daddy, who is 5 meters long and responsible for killing multiple people in 1986.  He was brought to Mamba Village where he started to eat his fellow crocodiles.  Since then he has been housed alone with two females.[src]  He was concealed while we were at mamba village, so I was disappointed I could not get any photos of him.

Thanks for dropping by!  I hope that you enjoyed my travel photos and commentary, and will return for more travel content in the future.



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"Link the post I 'revenged flagged', and I'll reverse it to a 100% upvote. I flagged one post of yours and some rude and insulting comments.

That's what I thought." -@joshman

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After you said "fuck you" in the same thread.? Give me a break. You're really reaching here.

Buenas tardes Amigo @joshman deseo que se encuentre bien al igual que su familia amigo , tuve dos caimanes que me regalaron tiene al rededor de 30 años y le hice una lagunita con cemento sin percatarme que el sol le daba mucho sol y el agua se calentó mucho y me los mató . En la isla donde vivo no hay ni caimán ni cocodrilos solo en pocos estados de mi país los hay. Que tenga una feliz tarde amigo.

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tuviste caimanes mascota? :-O

I was distracted by the pale legs!

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You're welcome! I'm sorry you didn't get to experience anything else, but the eye wants what the eye wants.

Amazing. Mainly when you take the crocodile in your hand. Stunning photography.

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Much appreciated.

you'll notice I'm holding a young crocodile

Fuck. Me jelly.

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Then I ate his cousin...

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Wow. a beautifully done review of the Nile crocodile 🐊👍

Posted using Partiko iOS

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Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

You have posted pictures of crocodiles, it is a lot of courage to take pictures. No one can do this.

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Thanks, when I'm not swallowing swords and lighting myself on fire, I take photos of stuff that interests me.

Very wild text and photos ;) .... I like it

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Amazing crocodiles and scary creatures you know crocodiles have made their way on menus here in Thailand also now haven't tried then yet must do in the near future and that's the closest i want to be to them on my dinner plate...lol 🙀

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