"Khamai" is an old Greek word meaning Chameleon which essentially means little lion. These completely harmless reptiles are feared by many inhabitants of Africa. This unreasonable fear also exists with snakes yet most snakes are themselves also totally harmless. The Khamai Reptile Centre has a dedicated team that works at saving reptiles by all means possible. We believe that education is a powerful tool that should play a major role in conservation.
The Khamai Reptile Centre is situated in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, 15km outside of the nearest town Hoedspruit, and is situated in one of the most pristine parts of the country in terms of natural heritage. This area has a particularly high concentration of snakes and therefore there is a high frequency of interactions between snakes and people, making this a prime location for reptile-related research and public education. We are open every day of the year, including all holidays from 8:00am to 5:00pm and are on call 24/7 for any reptile related emergencies.
We do not buy nor sell animals and therefore keep our breeding of animals to a limit. Only animals that can be released or relocated into breeding and research programs are encouraged to breed.
The Khamai Reptile Centre is situated in pristine "Big 5" country, with lodges and accommodation that suits all budgets and comfort preferences. Hoedspruit is well known for its nature trails and adventure activities such as River Rafting, Mountain Climbing, Hot Air Ballooning, Cycling, Camping and more. The lifestyle is clean and looked after by the friendly people who welcome tourist with a smile.
Lodges, Farmers and local communities within the region often call upon the Khamai Reptile Centre to help with reptile, amphibian and arachnid related problems. We will always come out to relocate animals back into the wild.