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Snakes & Lizards - Education in Tanzania & Kenya

 What we do

Snakes and lizards are misunderstood and despised in many cultures around the world - and Africa is no exception.  Much of this fear arises from a lack of knowledge and understanding about these animals, their value, and how to live with them. 

Through the CS Wildlife Fund, we aim to educate local people about:

  • the ecological value of snakes and lizards.
  • how to handle snakes & lizards in different situations.
  • simple first aid techniques in case of venomous snake bite. 

Ultimately, the CS Wildlife Fund aims to set up education and rehabilitation centres for reptiles.


Flap-necked chameleon on ground
Flap-necked Chameleon
(Chamaeleo dilepis)

 About snakes:

“Feared, revered, and frequently misunderstood, venomous snakes have been a source of legend and nightmare since time immemorial.”
Mark O’Shea, Venomous Snakes of the World

According to Mark O’Shea, snakes are usually killed or collected for one of the Four F’s: Fear, Food, Fun or Financial gain.   Sadly, there are still many who indiscriminately kill snakes out of fear and ignorance.   More often than not, fatal snakebites occur when people are trying to kill… or think they have killed… a venomous snake.    However, venomous snakes are secretive carnivores who would much rather be left alone.   They will usually tend to bite as a last resort when they feel cornered – a defensive bite.


Gaboon Viper
Gaboon Viper
(Bitis gabonica)

 What to do if you come across a snake:

If you find a snake whilst out bushwalking... give it a wide berth and leave it alone!   Remember that is probably as frightened of you as you may be of it! 

If you find one at home, close the door and seal the gap at the bottom.   Call your local National Parks authorities for advice on removal, or your local snake catcher who will catch and relocate the snake for you.

Wear sensible clothing and shoes when going bushwalking – long pants and boots are much better than shorts and sandals!

Watch where you’re going, where you sit, and before you step over a log.   Don’t be paranoid, but be aware of your environment… you will probably enjoy your walks more as you will see the small animals that you otherwise miss!


Snake catching
With the correct catching equipment,
snakes are safely and easily relocated to the wild.


We take time to look at the little things and you will see reptiles on all our Kenya Safaris and Tanzania Safaris:

     Kenya Safaris     

    Tanzania Safaris  

Private Safaris in Tanzania: | Classic Tanzania Safaris |Connoisseur Tanzania Safaris |  
Private Safaris in Kenya:     | Classic Kenya Safaris Connoisseur Kenya Safaris

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