The farm Krokovango is situated on the Okovango river and is a partnership between Johan Boshoff & family and Braam le Roux & family.
                Johan                                                  Braam
 

Krokovango is a huge tourist attraction with 7000 Nile crocodiles.
Crocodile research projects are done by various institutions.

Krokovango is managed by Zane Langman of Shakawe

        
Zane & Johan                                                The crocodile pens.

 
 

 


Amos. Well known for his crocodile
knowledge

 

Salted crocodile skins are exported to Japan and the Far East. 
Marketing agents visit the world leather show annually to acquire the best prices.
 
At Shakawe  in  the  Panhandle, there is a  variety of activities for tourists.
Tourists are welcome to stop by the crocodile farm and visit the curio shop and
enjoy the pristine beauty of the Okavango river..
 


Tour operators are invited to plan their itinerary to
include Krokovango which is 10 km
 from Shakawe in the North West
of Botswana  enroute to Namibia.
 

 


Reception to Curio shop
 

Local art and crafts are
available from our curio shop.


Krokovango Boutique
 


 Enjoy peace and tranquility at our RIVER VIEW PICNIC SITE.


Birding

Shakawe is situated at the top of the Okavango Delta
and produces exciting birding
throughout the year.


The Delta is rich in contrasting habitat, and species diversity depends largely on water level fluctuations.
Common to the area are: herons, egrets, kingfishers, bee-eaters, waders, plovers, warblers,
owls, eagles, small raptors, shrikes, sunbirds, babblers, cisticolas and robins.


Annelise - like father, like daughter, can handle the larger animals

 
 

A DAM FOR SAM

March 2004, Botswana.  On the banks of the Okavango River, a croc farm, Krokovango, miraculously emerged out of the hot Kalahari sand in less than 6 months, and today hosts more than 5000 crocs.   This commercial croc farm plan on exporting top quality skins by the end of this year.

On the farm there are 200 adult crocodiles imported from South Africa that will hopefully start breeding in the next two years.  In meanwhile, while waiting for the farms own breeding adults to lay eggs, Krocovango every year applied and  obtained permits from Botswana Wildlife Department  to harvest a certain quota eggs from the natural River system.   

Because of the drastic decline of the fish population in the river, crocodiles are forced to look for other food recourses. These crocs now concentrate on certain drinking points used by cattle, donkeys and goats.  Local villagers also make use of these water points to collect water and do laundry.  Therefore the lives and property of the villagers are in a constant danger. Permits are issued by the Department of Wildlife to eliminate problem crocodiles from the system, and Krokovango then capture the crocs.  The crocodiles then form part of the breeding program of the farm. And this is how Krokovango met Sam.

Sam was caught in February 2005, in the Samochima lagoon.  His name given by the villagers originated from Samochima, their village lagoon.  Sam positioned himself at one of these drinking points and regularly helped himself to a cow or a donkey.  The villagers reported this problem croc to the local Wildlife offices, who then asked Krokovango to capture the animal.  Twice Sam escaped from the 4 meter trap and it was then realized, that an extension had to be fitted to the box to capture the monster.  The whole village cheered while Sam, who was to heave to carry, was towed by a 4x wheel drive tractor to his new home.  Unfortunately the 5 meter monster was to big to be put with any of the other breeding animals, and so Sam was placed in the farms Retirement Home. 

 

 

                 
                                       Braam relaxing