In Summary
  • The snake section has been partitioned into smaller cubicles where some of the world’s most poisonous snakes are housed.
  • Haji says dealing with snakes requires special skills which he has mastered from the lessons he learnt from his master.
  • He is not just a snake charmer, but is also a healer of sorts, as neighbours often call upon him to treat snake bites.

Snakes hardly conjure up the image of making a living but for Haji Mwachambuli, 29, snake- charming has been his source of livelihood for the last 20 years.

Haji performs his snake-charming acts to tourists and to curious crowds at weddings.

The father of three from Mwamanga village in Diani charges an average of Sh4000 per show.

He learned the trade from ‘Master’ Hamisi Arafat in the latter’s homestead aptly dubbed Jungle Park, where he took Daily Nation. http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/1190-1190-5p56avz/index.html

The homestead is sub-divided into various sections where crocodiles, chameleons, tortoise and snakes are kept.

Snake charmer Haji Mwachambuli aka Top K with a salamander, one of the reptiles he uses in his trade. PHOTO| FADHILI FREDRICK 

The snake section has been partitioned into smaller cubicles where some of the world’s most poisonous snakes are housed.

SPECIAL SKILLS

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