From the comfort (and safety) of their rooms at Tongole Wilderness Lodge, recent guests have had several opportunities to watch the resident crocodiles basking on the banks of Bua River.

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River-facing guest suite © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

August and September are the best months to view crocodiles from Tongole Wilderness Lodge in the remote Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Recent accounts from guests confirm this, as they have been seeing several crocodiles on numerous occasions basking on the sunny banks of the Bua River.

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The crocodiles of the Bua River © Tongole Wilderness Lodge

Even if their large teeth and scaly exterior make you shiver a little, crocodiles are definitely fascinating creatures. Here are five interesting facts about these prehistoric beasts:

Crocodiles are the biggest reptiles on the planet.

They produce tears while they are eating because they swallow too much air which comes into contact with lachrymal glands (glands that produce tears). This air forces tears to flow out, which makes them look like they are crying.

Crocodiles generally live an average life span of between 30 to 40 years. Larger species can live for an average of 60 to 70 years.

They are good swimmers with a top swimming speed of 15km (9.3 mph).

Crocodiles have good night vision.

If you are interested in a safari experience in one of Malawi’s true wilderness areas, get in touch with the team at Tongole Wilderness Lodge.

Tongole Wilderness Lodge
Website: https://www.tongole.com/
Email: reservations@tongole.com
Tel: +44 (0) 208 123 0301