Djerba Crocodile Farm

Page update - Jan 22, 2023

The island of Djerba is poor in attractions, and the list of which mostly consists of small local museums. The Crocodile Farm in Djerba Explore Park is a pleasant exception. It is always fun for adults and children.

The prices and other information on this page were updated in January 2023.

About the Crocodile Farm in brief

Judging by the information on the official Djerba Explore website, the farm holds over 400 crocodiles. The crocodiles are Crocodylus niloticus (Nile crocodile).

This species can be up to 7 meters (23 feet) long and weigh up to a tonne. The largest crocodile we have found in the park is in the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge. You can safely believe the figure 400, as there really are a lot of crocodiles there.

This is the largest crocodile farm in the Mediterranean region. You can see crocodiles feeding, hold crocodile kids in your hands, and buy themed souvenirs. First things first.

Where is the Crocodile Farm located

The Crocodile Farm is one of the three parts of Djerba Explore Theme Park. The other two parts are the Lalla Hadria Museum and the Heritage Village.

The park is located at the eastern end of Djerba Island, almost on the coast. The park is surrounded by hotels. This is the coastal tourist area of the island, which is highlighted in green on our map near (click on the map to enlarge).

The park is easily accessible by foot from some of the hotels. For example, Robinson Club Djerba Bahiya, Seabel Rym Beach Djerba, Iberostar Mehari Djerba, or Hotel Green Palm.

Check the location of your hotel in relation to Djerba Explore Park, it may indeed be easier to walk than to take a tour or taxi.

How to get there

If the park is far from your hotel, there are two options.

The first is to go on a guided tour, usually called 'Djerba Hood'. The tour includes a visit to the whole Djerba Explore and to the village of Erriad with the paintings on the walls of the buildings.

The second option is to ride by taxi. This option is much better, as you don't have to wait for all the tour participants to gather from the hotels, and the time in the park will not be limited in any way.

In addition, it will be cheaper thanks to the very low prices for taxis in Tunisia. Even from the furthest hotel, a taxi will not cost more than 20 Tunisian dinars - the worst case of a driver taking a long way and cheating on the night fare. For the current exchange rates, see our detailed review "Money in Tunisia". For the current taxi fares, see our detailed review "Taxi in Tunisia".

Ticket prices and guided tours

Admission to the park costs 30 dinars for an adult visitor and 20 dinars for a child aged 2 to 12. The tour costs between USD 20 and 30, depending on the greed of the vendor.

Opening hours

The park is open seven days a week. It is open from 9 am to 8 pm (9-00 to 20-00) from October to May, and from 9 am to 2 am (9-00 to 2-00) from June to September.

The Crocodile Farm is open to visitors from 9 am to 6 pm (9-00 to 18-00) from October to May, and 9 am to 7 pm (9-00 to 19-00) from June to September.

When is the best time to arrive and how much time to spend

We recommend arriving at Djerba Explore park between 1 pm and 2 pm (13-00 and 14-00). This is due to the crocodiles' feeding time at 5 pm (17-00).

If you arrive at lunchtime, you can enjoy a leisurely visit of the Heritage Village and the Lella Hadria Museum and then watch the feeding of the crocodiles, take pictures with the little crocodiles, walk around the souvenir shop and return to the hotel for dinner.

Large tour groups (as pictured right, click on the photo to enlarge) come to the park usually from 2-30 pm and 3-30 pm (14-30 to 15-30). If you visit the park on your own, it's best to avoid meeting them at the Heritage Village. We therefore recommend seeing the menzel and village first and then moving on to the Crocodile Farm closer to 5 pm (17-00).

If you go to Djerba Explore as part of a guided excursion, then be advised that you will be picked up from your hotel at around 2 pm (14-00) and returned back around 7 pm (19-00).

What to see - the crocodiles

Before entering the park, there is a small tourist market. Luckily there are no annoying Arab traders grabbing passers-by by the arms.

You have to buy the ticket on the ground floor in the museum building. You can see how the ticket looks in the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge it. The ticket with the orange stripe is for adults, the ticket with the green stripe is for children.

Next you need to go back outside, go left to the checkpoint and show the ticket to the controller, he/she will make a neat little hole in it. Follow the signs that say "Crocodile". Fortunately, the word 'crocodile' is pronounced the same in almost all European languages and spelled very similarly.

The road leads to an entrance styled as a medieval Arab fortress. Beyond this gate, visitors are welcomed by four hundred fearsome reptiles.

Along the way, you can photograph the beautiful local vegetation and the photos are spectacular. See below for a gallery of some photos of the road to the Crocodile Farm.

At the end of the road, visitors enter the farm itself. There are a cafe and gift shop at the entrance, walk through them.

But don't rush to the big reptiles. Already at the entrance, you should pay attention to the small glass window on the left. There you can see the little crocodiles. See photo near, click on the photo to enlarge.

It is these little crocodiles that you can touch later.

Larger crocodiles are not active. They lie motionless most of the time. Only occasionally they open their mouths. Even more rarely, one of them moves to another place or goes down into the water. The situation is saved by the fact that there are several hundreds of them.

See some interesting photos in the mini-gallery below.

Many tourists stay in one place and just watch, waiting for reptile activity. We don't recommend doing this, as it is better to walk around the whole farm, you will find many interesting things to see.

One of the enclosures is for very young crocodiles. This is a kindergarten. The other is for older crocodiles. See photos in the gallery below.

There is a roofed enclosure where crocodiles hide from bad weather. In summer, the enclosure is empty and the reptiles prefer to bathe in the sun. Some crocodiles swim in the water. See another mini photo gallery below.

Important warnings!

- Do not take children on your shoulders, it is strictly forbidden. You will not be fined, but the security guard will give a warning and demand that you take your child downstairs.

- Don't take any meat from the hotel or feed it to crocodiles as you may be fined.

- Be very careful when taking your baby up to the fence. Do not take any unnecessary risks.

Feeding crocodiles

Many tourists expect this action to be a grandiose experience - fights over meat between reptiles or something similar. Let us disappoint our readers, as nothing of the sort happens. Crocodiles only pick up pieces that have fallen close to them. Below is a small gallery of photos.

Feeding takes place at 5 pm (17-00) every day. Be sure to be in a good viewing position by then. The crocodiles are fed not only at the central island, but also all over the area. Just watch out for park staff who bring trolleys with pieces of meat.

Photo with little crocodiles

Important Tip! Photos with the little crocodiles are taken right after feeding, around 5-15 pm (17-15).

It takes place in a special small enclosure on the right after entering the farm. This place is shown in the photo near (click to enlarge), remember it. After watching a bit of feeding, go there to be one of the first in line.

Otherwise you might get stuck in a several-meter long queue because almost all tourists want to hold the crocodile and have their photographs taken, and there will be several hundred of them on the farm at this moment.

There is no charge for taking photos and you can tip park staff as a thank you. According to most visitors, this is the most interesting part of visiting the farm, especially if you are one of the first in line.

The crocodiles' mouths are carefully secured with a tourniquet and safety is 100%.

The website advertises the possibility of watching the hatching of crocodiles from eggs but we don't know how to get to the show.

Gift shop

You can see the skeleton and skulls of crocodiles there, which is already interesting. The range of souvenirs includes plush, wooden and plastic toys, hats and caps, crockery and much more. The price of a plush crocodile ranges from 10 to 25 dinars, depending on the size of the toy.

See the items on the shop shelf in the mini-gallery below.

There is a cafe next to the shop, where you can sit down with a cup of coffee or a soda, relax and reflect on all you've seen. The prices in this cafe are 2-3 times more expensive than in town.

Top tips

- Only dinars are accepted at the ticket booths in the park, the souvenir shop and the cafe. Exchange money in advance, as the exchange office near the park is not always open. Read our detailed review "How and where to exchange money in Tunisia";

- The Crocodile Farm is almost entirely outdoors. Don't forget to protect yourself from the sun - headgear, clothing that covers your shoulders. Read our detailed review "Dangers for tourists in Tunisia";

- There are some nice shops in the first part of the park (before the museum). There's a decent range there, but the prices are quite high. For the best things to buy, read our review "16 best gifts from Tunisia".

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