Nairobi Mamba Village
Nairobi Mamba Village
3.5
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East Africa’s largest crocodile farm.
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Ryan O
Texas6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
As a potential future member of the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group, the status of the animals was poor but after a long discussion with one of the best staff members (Mr.Fonel who is now a close friend due to our similar passions) I began to understand their troubles and that in truth, he and some of the other staff truly care about these awesome reptiles. As someone who not only named some of the animals there, as well as deeply cared for them as if they were my own during my short two day visits, me and Mr. Fonel got along well and discussed the future of this place. While it’s run down, we’re really hoping that the new management team coming will aid in the transition from a overpacked area to a well spaced area with crocodiles in a less stressed environment.

Unfortunately Mr. Fonel wasn’t in the area for decisions but we discussed how a lot of unused land on the property could turn into a much more spacey, and natural enclosure for crocodiles, especially to separate some of the “troublemaker” Males such as Scar, a animal just below 3 meters who frequently causes fights even bullying other male crocodiles nearly twice his size and sometimes attacks keepers.

Scar was the croc I had the most eyes on, especially because of his aggression, the main enclosure is overpacked but Mr. Fonel told me that in the past, the main enclosure was far more expansive & better for all the Adult crocodiles(you can even see sand still remaining from back then) but corruption amongst the people in control during the past made the enclosures shrink dramatically and the reason for this is unknown. The Current Owner, Mr. Matuto, was also very kind during a quick phone call and even let me in free because of my status but I could not discuss the status of the property and the animals during my visit as he was busy elsewhere.

There was some other aggressive animals in the other enclosures, even among the juveniles which are supposed to be very docile, but I gave my new friend the idea of something just to enrich the animals(Such as giving them chewable objects to mess around with as crocodilians do show play behavior with such things) and provoke them less with sticks, as this will probably reduce some of the aggressive behavior of the animals before any renovations are done. My idea was that they could turn the unused land near the entrance into a nursery of sorts for baby crocodiles that is 7 meters long and 9 meters wide(This is the preferable enclosure size for the 7 juvenile animals that I was most fond of and potentially later for smaller individuals). Instead of using concrete as well, the animals would get a large natural water source which is already possible due to the extremely massive pond which is also used to clean the adult enclosures. Natural prey such as fish would also go into said ponds in the enclosure so the animals can have a varied diet instead of just cow flesh that we fed them with. I have also noted, some of the juveniles are extremely used to human interaction and are entirely relaxed when I went into the enclosure to observe them up close, others were showing natural behavior of either attempting to stalk me, or diving away.

The place allows daring people to get into the enclosure, even with the aggressive adults which I frowned upon. I understand that with the smaller individuals, this is at least somewhat okay if the people inside are forced to keep a large distance unless they’re like me and know how the animals will behave, but seeing tourist who know nothing about crocodile behavior getting into the enclosures with the 3-4 meter highly territorial adult males is just a recipe for disaster, even if the area is not liable for any injury or death inside the enclosures.

Keepers or people with already proper experience with both wild and captive adult crocodiles such as myself should be the only ones allowed to enter the enclosures with Adult Animals, juveniles is a maybe because many of them are already as docile as a crocodile can be, and some even show enjoyment to being touched or scratched on the neck or spinal region, but even then, caution should be advised at all cost.

Overall, this place currently isn’t in the best shape and needs a lot of work but I know in the future, it will definitely get somewhere better, I hope those crocodiles especially the ones I named such as Mean Old Scar, Magar the Boss Croc, the juvenile squad and all the other animals all get better treatment that they deserve, me and Mr. Fonel both know crocodiles aren’t mindless killing machines(I have already been up close to a 5 meter wild Mara Crocodile) and when I went with them, it was even more obvious so.

Decent place with lots of hidden potential.
Written 30 November 2023
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PAULA C
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Place was totally run down. Brought 65 street kids, most of amusements were out of order. Amusements/ merry go rounds not fit for purpose. Paid non residential rates for 4 adults which was more than total for 65 kids and their 12 teachers. Would never return
Written 24 November 2023
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Bella
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
It is really sad to see such a place with such a great potential to look totally deserted.
Animals kept in very smaller spaces especially the crocodiles.
No canteens or any kind of shop to buy snacks.
If the owners could renovate the place well and the animals well taken care of ...have the small restaraunts and kiosks slowly reopen. It could be a very beautiful place .

1 star for the nice staff that was helpful.
Written 19 June 2023
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lisa l
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Would definitely not recommend! Primarily, I have deep concerns over how the animals are kept, their welfare certainly is not the primary function of this place! Very run down and cruel.
Written 7 May 2023
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Adarsh C
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Mamba village Nairobi is not the same it used be before it is not well maintained.
I was happy to go after so many yrs but not again.
Written 21 August 2022
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Shaz_m03
Ireland199 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I was taken to Mamba Village as a last minute change of plan, when my scheduled visit to another attraction fell through. Therefore, I had not done any research into it, and did not know what it was. If you are against animals being kept in captivity, do not visit the village. The crocodiles are kept in enclosures, and prodded with sticks for a reaction - obviously appealing to some, hence it is done. The tortoises were lifted out of their enclosure, while they were eating, for me to get a closer look and a chance to carry them, which I declined. Their eggs were removed from the enclosures, and the reason given for this, was that some people want to see them.
Written 29 March 2022
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isabellemignucci
Ixelles, Belgium14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This place is unfortunately very sad. The ostriches look unhealthy, the crocodiles are packed together in a tiny pond, the "carers" use sticks to make the crocodiles move in front of tourists. A bad zoo from the 20th century, which should be closed down in the 21st century. The whole place is falling apart, the staff is not nice. Such a disappointment. I wouldn't not recommend to anyone to go there...
Written 7 February 2022
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KumarL1960
Greensboro, NC158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Excellent staff, great animals but this place looks like it is not being taken care of. I asked one the employees and was told that the owner passed away due to COVID and now the family is fighting over the property.
I was surprised how well the guide spoke to us, he showed us different kinds of crocks, a whole turtle area (my kids even got to hold a turtle) and even showed us the ostrich farm.
Folks - get out there and go support this Mamba Village. If more people showed up and paid the entrance fee, I think this place can survive.
Let's help this Mamba Village get through, we did!
Written 21 July 2021
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Yvette S
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia114 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
This once a beautiful home for healthy crocodiles, tortoise and ostriches has been left to fall into gentle ruins with almost all sections closed off or left in damage. This could be either due to poor or lack of good management thus this mess. When you walk in you are hit by the lifeless aura and the immediate lack of anything to view except the crocodiles which already seem half neglected. The stench coming from the crocodile ponds are unbelievable almost as though no one looks into their well being.

No canteens, kiosks or vending machines to purchase any drinks or snacks despite the distance from the shopping centres.

It would look great with a good care, but all there is to it is simply sadness.
Written 16 March 2021
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Yukiko
Brooklyn, NY76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I visited the Nairobi Mamba Village, because we were too late to visit the Elephant Orphanage that day.
It's mandatory to have a "guide" with you, even though it's just a facility easy to walk on your own, and obviously they will ask for tips at the end. I would have much rather walked the facility on my own to be honset.
Furthermore, the animals didn't seem to be kept in a well maintained condition - It's a zoo and it made me a little bit sad to see them in such small space.
I'm not sure if this place is exotic to Kenya either, as I feel these animals can be seen at other parts of the world.
Written 3 March 2020
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