Croc Valley Camp

Croc Valley Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Kakumbi, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Set on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the South Luangwa National Park nestled under shady Mahogany trees lies the picturesque Croc Valley Camp. “Your camp with personality” We offer a variety of varied accommodation to suit everyone’s pocket, from self contained chalets on platforms, luxury en-suite tents on the river bank , ten dollar per night backpacker/dorm rooms, Family House to the campsite with thatched lapa's, electrical points and water outlets all on lush green lawns. All tastefully segregated but still part of the overall experience.Our chalets are completely environmentally friendly and in order to experience the nomadic night wonders at eye level our chalets are raised on platforms providing a fantastic safe viewpoint from which to see the wildlife that wanders through the camp. Throughout your stay, our chef's can provide delicious meals and snacks from original recipes using fresh ingredients for your meticulously prepared meals and for those that wish to self-cater or camp, full kitchen facilities are provided. Our campsite is well catered for campers and overland trucks with parking areas, fire places, power points, hot showers and ablutions.Between safaris, in the midday heat, our hippo friendly swimming pool provides the perfect place to relax and cool off. Hammocks are also scattered around the camp over-seeing the river and the swimming pool. The bar is always open and serves ice cold drinks throughout the day, whether you prefer to relax by the pool, catch up through our FREE WiFi , in a hammock or catch up with the news on our satellite TV.
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South Luangwa National Park, Kakumbi, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Fyensgade wrote a review Feb 2019
Hadsund, Denmark45 contributions51 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge is generally OK, the lounge and bar area is weared, dusty and not to well maintained, The food is good the servant was really good with good service and well speaking, the Pool area is very good. The Tent accomondation is good with a big bath and dressing room, Beds are comfortable. Wifi only 200 MB is included allthough we stayed 5 night on full board we had to pay extra for internet connection which is not good enough. Our guide Botna was higly experienced and did very well.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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aquajag2018 wrote a review Apr 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
- No one to greet us on arrival or give a proper orientation
- Room reeked of urine inside
- we stayed in the chalets and they insist you need a guard to walk at night but not once was a guard available. When we complained they said here is your guard - pointing at a guard sitting at reception. How were we supposed to get him from the chalet?
- Staff did not greet or offer assistance and unless it was Martin no one knew anything
- We ate dinner one night - 1 meal never arrived after several requests, then we said forget it, bring us an extra plate and we’ll share, the extra plate never arrived. The dinner meal requested at 8 came at 8:40.
- we were billed extra meals and an extra game drive
- if you’re going to use volunteers train them - they spent more time flirting then doing anything
- nothing was done unless we called attention to it
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Date of stay: April 2018
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stuart l wrote a review Aug 2017
Blantyre, Malawi239 contributions137 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for three nights camping in our own tent. The facilities are good and the food was alright. We thought it was expensive but compared to other lodges we stayed in, in other places it was actually not too expensive. We went on a game drive that was good. A good place to stay.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Response from CrocValley, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 30 Aug 2017
Dear stuart l, Thank you very much for your positive comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back in the future Best regards from the Croc Valley Team
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Loredo1962 wrote a review Aug 2017
The Crags, South Africa13 contributions3 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We came back after 4 years to camp, and were very disappointed. Baboons an absolute disaster and menace. Camp grounds and ablutions grubby and uncared for. Grey water discharge leaves nothing to the imagination.
Very sad, as it is very conveniently positioned and has great potential.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Response from CrocValley, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 21 Aug 2017
Dear Loredo1962, Thank you very much for your valuable feedback. We are disappointed to read about your unpleasant experience at our Camp and the trouble with the baboons. Croc Valley does not have any fences to separate the wilderness from the Camp, so wild animals (such as baboons, elephants or hippos) are free to roam our premises, as they have done so many years before the Camp was even established. As a Safari Camp we are dedicated to nature conservation and are keen to preserve the natural cycles as well as roaming behavior of our wild visitors, and to cause no threat to their existing natural habitat. We want our guests to leave South Luangwa with a greater understanding and passion for the African Bush, and encourage them to immerse themselves in the pristine wilderness of South Luangwa – which is not just a marketing slogan, but involves the living together with other species in our Camp and the appreciation thereof as a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. In Dry Season food sources are becoming scarce for the primates and they consequently search for alternative ways, which can become a nuisance to our guests – especially for campers. We therefore take precautions and ask our guests to store their food into safety lockers behind our bar or in the self-catering kitchen. And most importantly, we ask to not feed the monkeys or baboons and always be aware of their presence. Unfortunately we observe that these regulations are not followed by everyone, which results in baboons being even more courageous towards our visitors and more dependent on food given by humans. We can’t be held responsible for the behavior of the baboons or monkeys, as these are wild animals, but we can minimize potential damages by ensuring that staff and guests are cooperating and adhering to certain precautions and regulations. We are also very sorry to hear that you found our campgrounds and ablutions to be grubby and uncared for. It is our standard to clean and rake the campsites every day, and to make sure that the ablutions are cleaned at least twice a day. July was a very busy month for us, with lots of campers taking usage of the campsites and ablutions. In addition to our service we expect all guests to treat our facilities with respect and to not negatively affect fellow guests by e.g. not cleaning after themselves or leaving rubbish lying around. We are also currently implementing plans to reduce our greywater discharge. All in all, we greatly apologize that some aspects of your stay did not meet your expectations. We would appreciate if you could send a more detailed report of your complaints to our General Manager (vic.crankshaw@crocvalley.com), so we get the best chance to address some of the mentioned issues and improve our service & facilities for the future. Yet we are disappointed that you have left out to mention all the positive new additions & developments the Camp provides for you now (in comparison to 4 years ago), such as the new swimming pool, the extended bar & dining area, the renovated gym or freshly reconstructed turtle rooms… We look forward to offering you a more satisfactory experience if you choose to visit us again. Best regards from our Team
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australeve wrote a review Jul 2017
Bolzano, Italy34 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
When we arrived at Croc Valley Camp, the first thing we saw from our camp spot was a group of hippos and crocodiles on the bank of the river...what a wonderful welcome! The manager Herbert and all the staff are very friendly and helpful, always looking after their customers. The facilities are kept very clean, including the big swimming pool. The safari guides are very knowledgeable and eager to find lots of animals. There is a kitchen were you can lock up your food so it won't attract monkeys or elephants. A fantastic place to enjoy the amazing wildlife.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Response from CrocValley, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 10 Jul 2017
Dear australeve, thank you very much for your lovely review! We greatly appreciate your positive comments concerning our facilities and staff. All the best for you and we hope to see you again in the future Your Croc Valley Team
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kelwalsh14 wrote a review Feb 2017
Ireland96 contributions6 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived here late in the afternoon after a drive from Malawi. We got shown to our safari tent and got advice regarding camping. We were so surprised to see that despite the river bed being dried up the camp literally sits on the side of the river. This meant we could see loads of different animals including hippos, crocs and elephants even before a game drive.

The welcome was warm and we were asked to keep all our food in the kitchen as we were told it wasn't safe to keep it in the car. We had a camp fire/bbq on our first night and as we were exhausted we had an early night.

Myself and one friend stayed in a safari tent, 2 stayed in a luxury tent and 3 other friends stayed in a tree top tent on the first night... As this was my first ever time on safari I wont lie, I was terrified. Every outside noise scared me and I was too afraid to go to the toilet in the middle of the night especially as there was a hippo right outside the tent at one stage. I should not have been so afraid however as there were guides around regularly scaring off the bigger animals. Although I didn't sleep it was an adrenaline packed night for me and I wouldn't change it at all.

Our safari tent was just perfect for a budget option. The beds were very comfy. It was very warm but I just wrapped myself in a damp light shawl and fell asleep nice and cool. The bathroom facilities are shared for the safari tents. The showers and toilets were clean and comfortable to use once you got used to the little lizards!!
We got up early the next morning and had breakfast before setting off on a game drive. We had a great tour guide who was happy and able to answer all of our answers. We were all one group on the first game drive which I found great as I was way more relaxed and even nodded off once or twice (no sleep the night before and the seats were quite comfy as I had space to put my feet up!). The game drive was great and we had a lovely little lunch and coffee while we were out.

We arrived back to have lunch and then lay around on the hammocks watching the baboons and the monitor lizards. The little newts everywhere were cute after a while but it did take me a while to get used to them! The pool and bar were lovely. It was so chilled out and layed back that we spent a few hours lazing around reading books and even having a nap in the comfy seats in the bar!!

We had a beautiful dinner before heading out on a night drive in which we took a few beers which both added to the relaxed vibe and made it even more enjoyable for us. We saw some amazing animals and even a stand off between a leopard and a hyena over a leopards kill which was hung over a tree branch.

We arrived back and after a few drinks and a burger and chips at the bar we went to bed. One friend stayed in the tree tent that night hoping to catch a glimpse of elephants from above and 2 friends stayed in a little tent in one of the canopy shelters.... In the middle of the night we were woke up by a massive herd of elephants who decided to come and investigate who was lying in the tent, poking and trying to pull at their feet through the tent. My poor friends were absolutely terrified but stayed as still as possible which we watched on from our safari tent holding our breath.... After the elephants decided to walk off we realised our friend in the tree tent was still asleep and missed the whole thing. It was an incredible experience. I ended up having a great nights sleep on the second night despite the one or 2 times I woke up... My friend however slept sound on the first night and just woke up for the elephants on the 2nd night/

Croc Valley had a very chilled relaxing atmosphere. It was great value for money and we paid for everything in either dollars or local money. The food was lovely. The staff were amazing especially the barman who was more than happy to talk and make friendly conversation.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Response from CrocValley, Public Relations Manager at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 14 Feb 2017
Dear kelwalsh14, Thank you very much for your lovely review, we are happy to hear that you had a great stay with us and were able to become a bit more comfortable with our wild visitors in the camp :-). I can totally relate to you – sleeping your first night in a Game Area can sometimes be quite scary, especially when big animals such as elephants are around. But once you get used to it, it just becomes an incredible, unforgettable experience to be so close to these wild animals and you would never want to miss it. We wish you all the best and are hoping to welcome you back again in the future! Best regards from the Croc Valley Team
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Ashleigh B wrote a review Nov 2016
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Camped in Croc Valley camp for two nights in October & absolutely loved it! Not only could I hear the sounds of hippos and elephants munching away at night, but watching the sunrise in the morning was made extra special with a view of a herd of elephants making their way to a watering hole right beside the camp (a few hundred meters). Facilities were good and there was a lot of space around the campsite, plus a bar, pool, and hammocks. Loved that there was free wifi (a rarity while camping around Sthn Africa).

The staff were absolutely wonderful, and Herbert in particular was so helpful and friendly, especially when it came to organising game drives.

This was a great location from which to begin a game drive, with the South Luangwa NP being one of, if not the best I have seen so far (I especially loved the dawn safari).

All in all, loved it & I would highly recommend Croc Valley for a memorable camping experience.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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flyn12 wrote a review Jul 2015
tyneside17 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
we were a large group of 11 travelling together, we raised a number of concerns with staff during our visit. the main concerns were the vehicles and poor information provided by staff about paying park fees. Briefly, we arrived quite late but were offered the evening game drive. We were not told about the need to pay the park fee until we got to the gate, at $25 per head this was quite a lot for our group. we asked if this would cover the second days game drive and our driver assured us it would. Until 6am the following day when we were told we needed to pay again. I appreciate that this is National Park rules and not the camp, but staff should be better informed and guests should be fully briefed, however late they arrive.
of greater concern is the fact that in 4 drives between our group, we had two breakdowns which required us to push the vehicles. And in our family's case we pushed for about 30 minutes, in the middle of which we had to stop to "hide" from a herd of 9 elephants as they approached and passed our vehicle. And it seems there was no back up for broken down vehicles. Our guide tried to call a colleague. no response. Her phone ran out of credit so she asked to use ours ( which wouldn't work). so no way of contacting another guide or the camp. this really is not acceptable. Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed the game viewing and saw loads, but to offer no safety back up with so many wild animals is frankly irresponsible. It is only now, re telling the story and showing the photos, that I realise quite how unacceptable your standards are.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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Response from CrocValley, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 25 Jul 2015
I am not a avoid believe in “Murphy’s Law” but I must confess I am starting to believe that some people are just destined to become a statistic no matter how hard you try. These great guests arrived here with an unfortunate disposition already after having to pay the extra Fee the Malawian Government is busy imposing on all citizens of countries that are charging their citizens a fee and blaming us for this even though we operate in Zambia. Her husband right fully corrected her and said “Dear they have nothing to do with that they are in Zambia”. The Guide we were using was a free lancer as we had extra drives going out but all these guides are fully qualified and licensed by the Zambian Wildlife Department and are trained on all aspect of the law so I was extremely surprised to hear that the guide Ackim who has guided for ten years, had told them that their entrance fee covered them for the next day when it has not been that way for many years now. Not saying anyone lied here but when confronted Ackim categorically denied ever saying this at all. Then the issue with Park Fees in general, which again was a very unfortunately misunderstanding as our man “Herbert” was trying to explain to them that their Park Fees were not included in the package they had paid for to their agent in Malawi and it was their responsibility to pay the Government Fee directly to the Park Officials at the Entry Gate, but after the incident with the extra unbudgeted fee they had to pay in Malawi already they were not to eager to accept this and also did not have any more cash so it ended up in a stand off which when called I swiftly ended by telling them that it is not a problem please just proceed with your drive as that is why you came here and we can sort it out later. I in the mean time emailed their agent and received this reply. To protect the anonymity of our agent we have removed their name Dear Charl, I must have forgot to let them know. Did they pay? regards The vehicles breaking down, well for that we do apologize as it is our fault but in the same breath to operate all year round and not have a wire vibrate loose or a battery terminal come loose is almost impossible and for it to have happened to them on the same trip is as I previously said “Selective Murphy’s Law” and once again we are very sorry. The problem was immediately rectified by my Brother in Law a full qualified Mechanic with years of experience behind him who he and my sister have now joined me here and are making a world of difference. Once again for this I am sorry. I think on a foot note when leaving they were asked how it all went after the initial issues and were told No All OK had a great time and the father in law came to after paying for the Park Fees he said and I quote “ I am so sorry it started on a bad note but the whole experience was great. The last time I was here 50 years ago it was not as good as this”. So I think they should have discussed this before posting this public report on face book so that their facts were right. We have questioners in each room for exactly this so we can improve by constructive comments not Trip Advisor comment which are not always depicted as the actual TRUTH of the events. I went out of my way to help them and ensure that their trip went on so they could enjoy their holiday which is she was really honest would attest to. I hope you have the opportunity to come back again. All these facts have been checked and collaborated by our Concierge & Reservations Manager Herbert
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FunkyCichlid wrote a review Jul 2015
Lilongwe, Malawi35 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have the pleasure of visiting Croc Valley on a regular basis, as it is one of our favourite spots for budget sensitive clients in the valley!! Such a stunning location, great team, good value and an awesome bar, that spells atmosphere (but does close at a sensible hour and is courteous and looks after the best interests of all guests)!! The food is quality and the staff are always friendly and professional!! The place is cheap and cheerful, perfect if you are looking for a good value package in South Luangwa!! Great spot. Get involved....
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Date of stay: July 2015
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rosepenfold wrote a review Apr 2015
Lusaka, Zambia2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled to South Luangwa as students on a tight budget...we chose Croc Valley as all-inclusive price looked to be good value for money

We booked 2 all-inclusive days in the end - Herbert and staff gave us a warm welcome, all meals were provided and of good quality, 2 games drives per day with an excellent guide (Duncan) - we were fortunate in the wildlife that we saw. Accommodation good value for money

Overall would definitely recommend Croc Valley for anyone who wants to see the bext of S Luangwa on a fairly tight budget
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Answer from CrocValley
Mfuwe11 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi we do have a Restaurant Ala Carte Menu at the bar and a Full Board Option available
Answer from nadjapilz
Mfuwe, Zambia11 contributions
Dear Cynthia, did you try +260 2162 46074 or +260 9771 75172?
John T asked a question Nov 2017
Newport Beach, California15 contributions23 helpful votes
How do you get from the Mfuwe airport to Croc Valley Camp and what is the cost?
Answer from GeorgeKratsas
London, United Kingdom7 contributions
Croc Valley Camp will send a driver, if I remember correctly the cost was in the vicinity of $20
Answer from CrocValley
Mfuwe11 contributions4 helpful votes
There are two options to get to us. By plane from Lusaka or by Jonda Bus.
Sam E asked a question May 2017
Avignonet Lauragais, France43 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi, is the 'comfort tent' private or shared accommodation?
Answer from herby85
Lusaka, Zambia4 contributions2 helpful votes
hello, i don't understand by comfort tents but turtle tents are not on suite while river front tents are on suite. hope this helps and please do let us know if there is anything more you would like to know. thanks, Herbert.
Todd C. wrote a tip Mar 2024
British Columbia, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"While I had aircon in my tent, Zambia’s hot and humid season can be a challenge. Be aware that there are wild animals about in the camp."
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juliepearce2018 wrote a tip Sept 2023
Wickford, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared for basic facilities"
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Red-110 wrote a tip Sept 2021
Lusaka, Zambia147 contributions59 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Buy firewood from traders on bicyles directly, otherwise prices are very high both from the camp and from traders in town."
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DanielYenshaw wrote a tip Apr 2021
El Paso, Texas52 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"River Front Tents"
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BwanaSpots wrote a tip Oct 2019
Crowborough, United Kingdom131 contributions74 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"River view essential"
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