While the latest lockdown Level 4 regulations have put a dampener on some winter holiday plans, Crocworld Conservation Centre on the KZN South Coast is still able to keep holidaymakers entertained with great food and outdoor animal viewings in line with current Covid-19 regulations.
“With schools closing earlier than originally anticipated, and the newly-introduced Level 4 regulations putting a halt to many events and activities, it’s really fortunate that Crocworld Conservation Centre is still able to welcome visitors while adhering to all necessary health and safety protocols,” said Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Centre Manager, James Wittstock. “Our incredible team at Fish Eagle Café has come up with an innovative outdoor dining solution for patrons, and while there won’t be any feedings or animal interactions, visitors can still walk around the open-air facility and check out the more than 400 animals found here.”
Grab a bite!
The on-site Fish Eagle Café is showing its commitment to the environment by phasing out polystyrene products and single-use plastic in favour of eco-friendly packaging such as bamboo containers and paper bags. In addition, to the café’s green initiatives, hungry patrons will be able to order off the full Fish Eagle Café menu – including the new Gourmet Burger menu – and enjoy their eats as a takeaway anywhere in the beautiful centre. Visitors can bring their own blanket and dine on the lawns, or grab a bite on one of the many seating options available.
The café, which is open from 9am to 4pm every day, is also hosting some fantastic special offers. These include a crispy chicken burger with jalapeno sauce and chips for only R59, and any kiddie’s meal gets a free slush puppy included. For those patrons who are reluctant to leave their car, orders can be called in ahead of time and collected in the parking lot.
Meet the Crocworld residents
From the introductory welcome by African Fish Eagle, Isis; through to Henry, the oldest Nile crocodile in captivity (celebrating his 121st year in 2021!) there are a host of interesting characters to keep the family entertained at Crocworld Conservation Centre.
When it comes to feathered friends, the new Raptor Wing – an extension of the existing aviary – is a must-visit, home to a variety of predatory birds such as Booted Eagles, Eurasian Eagle Owls, Harris Hawk and Jackal Buzzard. Visitors will also enjoy meeting the latest additions, two baby storks born at Crocworld. And, with its lush indigenous coastal forest, Crocworld is home to more than 200 local bird species who fly freely around the centre.
The little ones will have a wonderful time at the animal farm which houses a range of furry farmyard critters, including bunnies, goats, guinea pigs, pigs and tortoises. And for those who prefer something a bit more on the dangerous side, there are a variety of crocodilians as well as snake species which can be viewed in a close up (but safe!) enclosure.
With the winter season in full swing, visitors to Crocworld Conservation Centre can also take a stroll along the recently revamped Whale Watching Walkway where they stand a good chance of viewing the migrating whales, or catching sight of the ever-playful dolphins.
For those wanting a bit of retail therapy, the Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Curio Shop also has some great new stock available including bespoke clocks, branded hats and beanies, magnets, stationery and mugs – among others. Quality-made items that are great as mementos, gifts or just something to brighten up the day!
All Covid-19 protocols are in place at Crocworld and visitors are urged to wear masks, sanitise and follow family group social distancing regulations. In line with regulations, the centre and café are open from 9am to 4.30pm.
To find out more about the new happenings at Crocworld Conservation Centre, visit www.crocworld.co.za or ‘Crocworld Conservation Centre’ on Facebook. Alternatively, contact Crocworld Conservation Centre on 039 976 1103. To find out more about Fish Eagle Café or make a take away order, call 083 658 7073 or email [email protected]