Environmental Indicators

What's the

Most Dangerous


Volunteering at the Centre

A unique opportunity to learn while helping with conservation.

Accredited Training

Ask us about doing one of our certificate courses.

Keeping them healthy

Only the best care and husbandry procedures for our animals.

Photographic Jewels

We do photographic sessions at the centre.

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About Us

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What is a Reptile?
There are over 8000 reptile species in total,  they belong to the class Reptilia, and are devided into four groups or orders. 

The meaning of "Kinyonga"
"Kinyonga" is a Swahili 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, also themselves, totally harmless.  The Kinyonga 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 Kinyonga Reptile Centre is situated in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, 15km outside of the nearest town "Hoedspruit" (Click "MAP" button below) and is located 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 interaction between snakes and people, making this a prime destination for reptile-related research and public education.

Hoedspruit is situated in unspoiled "Big 5" country (Click "MAP" button below) 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 Kinyonga Reptile Centre to help with reptile, amphibian and arachnid related problems. We will always come out to relocate animals back into the wild.

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.



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The Old and the New

The Old And The New

The Kinyonga Reptile Centre has since 1984 developed its facilities into a well organised institute.  Upgrades to the centre takes place on a daily basis. This allows for us to plan our upgrades and develop our facilities in the best way possible.

This old photograph of our front entrance in 1984 shows an entrance fee of Children R1-50 and Adults R2-50