The reptile village itself isn't that extensive but
a few very enjoyable hours can be spent there not
least because the committed staff are eager to guide you around the village explaining all about the reptiles.
Most of the reptiles found in Uganda
are housed within the village environment which comprises cages
for visitor safely and temperature control or outdoor enclosures
for reptiles such as crocodiles.
For the squeamish, best look away whilst they feed live chickens to those crocodiles (um,
that's nature for you) some of who simply bask in the sun
whilst the little chicks clamber all over them ~ until, of course
they get hungry! You will also get the chance if wanted to handle
tortoises and snakes.
Our two intrepid reports Ian and Ben had mixed reactions with Ian
embracing the opportunity whilst Ben embraced the opportunity to say "no!" to snake handling. All of the reptiles in the village have been rescued from danger and part of the purpose of the centre is to how educate the local community about how to co-exist with reptiles safely.
During your stay in Uganda the reptile you will probably see most
often is the "gecko" or lizard. These creatures can often be seen
scuttling around the inside of your room or tent. They are utterly
harmless but also offer a useful service in that they feed on
mosquitoes or other insects. Whilst a bit unnerving at first,
don't panic, they won't harm you, have no teeth, and set about
their insect clearing routines quietly and efficiently. Think of
them as a cheap mosquito spray!
After you've explored all of these reptiles in Uganda at the
village, the kids will enjoy taking a canoe or pedalo ride and
splashing around in the small canal dug out within the grounds of
the reptile park. This is included in the very reasonable cost of
entry. All in all a well recommended adventure that you are unlikely to
find elsewhere so take the opportunity to visit when in Entebbe.
The Reptiles Village has its own
website however it is currently unavailable. They can be contacted
on +256 782 349583 but are open during normal hours
seven days a week.