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Hinge-Backed Tortoise

The hinge-back tortoise, also known as the forest hinge-back tortoise, is a species of tortoise native to the forests of East, Central and West Africa. These tortoises are named for the special hinge on their lower shell, which allows them to close up tightly when threatened, providing extra protection from predators.

They are generally smaller than other tortoise species, and are known for their shy and reclusive nature. Hinge-back tortoises are herbivores, feeding on a variety of plants and fruits. They are considered to be a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and over-harvesting for the pet trade.They are known for their shy and reclusive nature, and have a distinctive hinged plastron that allows them to retract into their shell for protection. Hinge-back tortoises are also popular as pets due to their manageable size and unique appearance. However, they require specific care and a suitable habitat to thrive in captivity.

Important Information

  • Safe for Adults & Kids
  • 2-3 hours excursion
  • Available all year round
  • Walk-In Hours: 6:00AM-6:00PM
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Did you Know?

-Fun facts about Hinge-Backed Tortoise-

Protective Feature

The hinge-backed tortoise has a unique feature where part of its shell can close to protect its vulnerable hind parts from predators.

Diverse Diet

These tortoises are omnivores, enjoying a varied diet that includes fruits, fungi, and small invertebrates.

Habitat Variety

They inhabit a range of environments, from dry savannas to dense forests in Africa.

Water Conservation

They can absorb water through their skin, which is crucial for survival in their sometimes-arid habitats.

Shell Differences

The shape and size of their shell can vary significantly depending on their specific species and habitat.

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Reviews From Our Guests

 First impressions when you get, there might be a little bit tatty. But you soon change your mind when you start interacting with the animals. We were greeted by ostriches, walking around freely and were able to feed them. We had an amazing guide all to ourselves called Fedelis. Her English was incredible and she was so informative about all animals and the surrounding park.


Towards the end of the tour, we were able to feed zebras, but the real highlight was feeding the giraffes, it really was an experience that I could recommend anyone to do.


A lovely, peaceful walk around the reserve, getting up close and personal with zebra and ostriches. We had a super guide called Joseph who was very knowledgeable and guided us around for about an hour and a half, and we were lucky enough to feed the giraffes too.


A perfect personal trip which we all enjoyed.

Helen and Annabel (TRIPADVISOR)

Bring a camera! Great activity for the family to interact with some of Kenyas wildlife. 2-3 hours is enough.

RainbowSunflower (Karen) - TRIPADVISOR