Experience a guided educational and interactive tour of
FAMOUS AFRICAN SNAKES
The park houses all the famous African snakes from Adders, Mambas, Cobras, Tree snakes to Giant pythons in huge natural like enclosures.
Our mission at Lawnwood is to educate our visitors about snakes in general, to bring understanding and promote the conservation of these commonly feared reptiles.
Most people are aware that we get both venomous and non-venomous snakes, but have little knowledge on telling them apart. It makes the subject mysterious and encourages fear. We aim to bring a better understanding when dealing with snakes!
OUR CORE VALUES
Our core value is the conservation of snakes. We ensure this by educating our visitors about snakes common to the Garden Route and Southern Africa
- Snakes must be respected and not feared
- Everyone is responsible for conserving animals
In 2003, after many years of anticipation and growing a hobby, Michael Caithness along with the help of his beautiful wife Emily started the Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary.
The sanctuary started off very small with most snakes housed in a dome and a few outdoor enclosures, but after years it has grown SUBSTANTIALLY.
In 2011 Michael gave up his 18 year career as a hydraulic technician to be at the park full time.
Today the park has 8 full time staff members sharing their knowledge and ensuring the pristine upkeep of all the resident animals on the 20 hectare forest sanctuary.
All visitors to the park are given a fully guided tour of the snakes by expert and knowledgeable guides.
The tour commences with the introduction of a variety of snakes found in the Garden Route and South Africa.
We guide guests to try identify and understand some of the most common snakes encountered in Southern Africa
Some of the snakes help us in our educational drive as visitors are allowed to touch and even hold some of the friendly constrictors
IT’S SNAKES & MORE…
Other residents to the park include Nile crocodiles, Monitor Lizards and Tortoises
Though not Indigenous to the Garden Route, they have found a home with us
Two species found in South Africa, the rock and the water monitor lizards are also part of the family
SCHOOL EDUCATION PACKAGE
Many schools visit the sanctuary because of the unique presentation style as the topic is relevant and easily explained and understood.
We offer discounted rates for school groups!
SNAKE HANDLING COURSE
Lawnwood Sanctuary does offer snake handling courses on special request
KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY
We offer a unique birthday experience catering for the age relevant.
Discounted rates are also offered for birthday groups.
TEAM BUILDING PACKAGE
We also offer team building packages for interested companies.
The park entry fee entitles you to a full day access of the facilities!
You are welcome to experience the beauty of the indigenous forest of the Garden Route with 2 optional short hikes.
HAVE A PICNIC
The curio shop on the premises offers some light snacks, cool drinks and ice-creams. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and relax on the spacious lawns or in the shade of the forest.
We offer free snake rescue services that cover approximately 200 km, stretching from Tsitsikama to Mossel-bay. The snakes are safely captured and released as soon as possible far from human encounters
One of the most common venomous snakes found in the Garden Route, accounting for the majority of our snake rescues. Sometimes some snakes rescued are injured and may require veterinary assistance.
Some indigenous reptiles still find themselves lost in and around human settlements and are in danger of being driven over or injured by irresponsible people or maybe even dogs. We also help where we can.
UNWANTED EXOTIC PETS
Other reptiles that end up full time residents of Lawnwood Sanctuary are common exotic pets such as Bearded dragons, Iguanas and a variety of other snake species both venomous and non-venomous.