Croc Valley Camp

Croc Valley Camp

South Luangwa National Park, Kakumbi, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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#1 of 1 guest house in Kakumbi
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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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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b3d0w wrote a review Aug 2014
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom67 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very cool place, really nice reception and bar but what makes this place special is that it's right next to a river full of wildlife.
Sit back with a beer and watch the sun go down while watching (only a few metres away) crocs basking in the sun, elephants crossing the river and wandering around the camp, giraffes and hippos.
It's like a wildlife documentary in front of your eyes from the comfort of a bar or sun-lounger.

Cheap accommodation as it's possible to stay in tents but for those of you lucky enough to afford it they have a range of very nice huts and apartments. All different in size amenities and budgets.

Obviously options to to on safari in a jeep booked at reception, both night and day safaris.

It's not everyday you can be sat by the pool with a beers as an elephant strolls over for a drink.

Amazing place.
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Date of stay: October 2013
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Kevin A wrote a review Mar 2013
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom5 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 3 nights in early March 2013. Lovely setting on banks of the river. Good options for budget and higher priced options. Nice personal touch on arrival. Very flexible to the need of the individual. Competitive prices, good food, nice bar and a good place to meet other people if travelling alone (as i was). Biggest compliment should be paid to the camp guide Duncan who took us on some excellent safari trips and was incredibly knowledgeable about the birds and other wildlife of the park.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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nik0lask wrote a review Sept 2012
Munich, Germany94 contributions90 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
SUMMARY
Deservedly one of the best-rated camps in the Mfuwe area, Croc Valley offers good-value accomodation and exciting wildlife encounters. Go for full board if arriving by bus or esp. plane.

ROOMS: 8/10
We spent two nights in a "Tent not on the River", a spacious safari camp with a large double bed and good mattresses as well as a small ensuite outdoors bathroom with a high bamboo fence around it. The downside of the room is that it is rather dark inside during the day and heats up quickly. Also, we had some mosquitoes at night that bit us despite the mozzie net as it's kinda hard to ensure full coverage due to the way the beds are constructed.

One night we got upgraded to a very nice "Tent on the River" due to an electricity problem in the other tent. This tent is much nicer and worth the extra buck. Not only is the view over the river stunning, the outdoors bathroom is also very spacious and tasteful. The whole tent is mosquito-protected in itself, so you don't need to bother with a mozzie net over your bed. It's also in a more shady location so it doesn't heat up as quickly as the other tent. This room is a 10/10. Camping and chalets are also available.

LOCATION: 10/10
Right on the banks of the Luangwa River, just 5 minutes form the park entrance - perfect. You need someone to pick you up from Mfuwe village or the airport if you don't have your own transport. Note that the airport transfers are included in the full-board scheme (else quite expensive).
The camp isn't fenced and thus hippos and elephants are regular guests - to an extent that guides light you the way to your tent at night, afefully checking the vicinity for critters!

FOOD & SERVICE: 8/10
We were on the full-board scheme, meaning that we were served a light breakfast before the morning safari and a full, brunchlike meal upon returning to the camp. In the afternoon there's coffee and cake and when returning from the night safari you get served a nice dinner. The servers were incredibly freindly, especially Hermann, and delivered a great service. The camp's management also does a good job - the guys are a bit sloppy at times but helpful and Liesel is the good soul of the camp.

AMENITIES: 8/10
There is a small, shallow pool, but was out of service while we were at the camp, because an injured hippo came to the camp every night to take a dip in it, as there were no animals going for its wounds there... true story.
The safaris guides are good, and especially on a walking safari you'll learn a lot. Only at night, when there's two staff on the car (one driver/guide and one guy using a large torch to spot animals) the amount of talking between those two tended to become unnerving as it distracted from the calm natural beauty of the surroundings.

PRICE/QUALITY: 9/10
Croc Valley Camp has one of the best good P/Q ratios in the area, especially if you opt for the full board scheme, which gives you meals, safaris, accomodationa nd free airport transfers and even free laundry.
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Date of stay: July 2012
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grant l wrote a review Oct 2011
Sydney, Australia6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife, Wendy and I, had the great pleasure of spending two weeks at Croc Valley in late September 2011. Having travelled extensively across most of Sub Equatorial Africa, we can guarantee through personal experience that Croc Valley Camp ranks up there with the very best.
Croc Valley Camp does not market itself as an alternative to the massively expensive luxury camps elsewhere in Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Rather it has developed its own niche luxury segment catering to the discerning traveller wanting luxury at an affordable price without compromising on the quality bush experience that South Luangwa is so well known for. Our stay was quite simply superb.
The safari style tented accommodation and the open air thatch and Mopane surrounded bathroom was excellent, being both comfortable and well appointed. The tents are located away from the main facilities ensuring both privacy and your own space. Being located just off the river bank, it is possible to sit under the tent verandah and watch life pass you by.
Without exception every day presented elephant in and around the tent (Wonky Tusk and her crew plus others). At one point we counted 15 elephant within meters of the tent gorging themselves on fallen acacia pods. Hippo wandered around the tent every night (close enough to touch) and lion and leopard could be heard most evenings and early mornings. On one occasion we saw lion and leopard on the opposite bank of the river coming down to water or simply walking along the river bank. On two separate occasions we heard lions making kills over the river opposite our tent. We were fortunate to have booked a walk with Lazarous, a ZAWA gamescout, the next morning and walked on two male lion that had killed a young hippo the night before. Elephant walked through themain camp every day and most evenings, and Thornicroft giraffe wandered around almost like domestic pets. The inevitable baboon and vervets were ever present and doing only what they can do. Interaction with wildlife is guaranteed and an amazing experience. Bushbuck, puku and impala were there in abundance. The birdlife in and around camp was excellent.
For the keen photographer, Croc Valley offers the unique opportunity to photograph from ones seat, from a game drive vehicle or from a foot trail. I have many magnificent photographs as testament to our Croc Valley experience.
The game drives provided by Croc Valley are designed to cater to your needs and not those of the driver / guide. Whatever you want to do the driver will accommodate obviously within the practicalities associated with seasonal change and park rules. Our trip was intended to coincide with the change in season, and the return of the intra Africa migrants – raptors, bee eaters, storks etc . The drying pans and dongas provided amazing sightings of both raptors and waders gorging themselves on the hapless fish in the drying pools, providing almost limitless photographic opportunities. To say that South Luangwa and Croc Valley are not a photographers dream is an understatement of note.
The effort put into making our stay so enjoyable by the staff and owners was huge. Charl, Louis, Liesel and Shaun went out of their way to accommodate us and we thank them and their amazing hospitality in making our stay as memorable as it was. Thank you to both Thomas and Martin who ran the bar and front desk – their service was exemplary.
In short we cannot commend Croc Valley highly enough. An amazing location, a well laid out camp run by tremendous people. If your bucket list does not include Croc Valley you have some thinking to do – put it on your list if its the last thing you do do.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Lindiwe Bungane wrote a review Dec 2019
Naples, Italy4 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Definitely become my first choice when I think of a holiday in Zambia. Clean fresh air of the outdoors, friendly and courteous staff willing to assist and provide information. Amazing how the animals let you into their space. Next time I will come for a longer period of stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from CrocValley, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 20 Dec 2019
Thank you very much for the review and very happy our staff were so helpful. I hope we do see you here for a longer period
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LuytJB wrote a review Jul 2019
Wellington, South Africa24 contributions1 helpful vote
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We flew in to Lilongwe, where a wonderful person, called Jac (Misuku Expedition) picked us up. He took us through the border and drove us safely to Croc Valley Camp. We stayed in the luxury tents overlooking the Luangwa river. Breathtaking! Lots of crocodiles, hippo's, fish eagles and the elephants came to visit us frequently The food was also of a high standard with something for everyone's taste. Unfortunately we missed out on the Friday pizza evening! Known to most of the people in the area. Everybody was extremely friendly and helpful, from the waiters at breakfast to the watch man walking you to your tent at night. Apart from the normal day trips we can also recommend the safari walk. It was really very exiting and educational. Jac and his brother James drove us all the way back to Malawi after a wonderful stay at Croc Valley Camp. Thank you, everyone for making our stay unforgettable.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Ruth H wrote a review Jun 2019
Gwespyr, United Kingdom91 contributions50 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This lodge is located right on the Luangwe River just outside the National Park by the Mfuwe gate and as such Elephants, Hippo etc often wander close to camp.
The lodge has a good sized pool and a nice bar area
However, the property is a bit tired and could do with some refurbishment
That being said the staff were lovely - the guy I the restaurant was very friendly and could do enough to help whilst the Guides were knowledgeable. - we have some amazing game sightings !!
All in all a good budget option
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Date of stay: June 2019
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RestlessSoul wrote a review Jun 2019
Traralgon, Australia68 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wow, what a fantastic place!

I got picked up from town by Herbert as I arrived with public transport. (Best not to walk to the camp as the wildlife is abundant) He is a very likeable manager who makes sure all your needs are met if you let him know.

I got upgraded to one of the fabulous riverside safari tents. They are by far the best on site. Watching the wildlife in and around the river is a destination on its own. I saw it all from groups of hippos to crocs, elephants crossing and a leopard hunting on the other bank. Amazing!
Animals wander onto the grounds, especially at night. Nearly bumped into a hippo twice. And the baboons were fighting some war for a couple of days which we were privy to.

The food was of good quality. Menu could do with a bit of diversifying. Staff are very attentive and friendly. Watch the monkeys though, they steal the food off your plate if you don't watch out!!

The game drives were awesome with mostly knowledgeable guides. We even saw the rare African wild dog and got to observe the pack devour their kill. As far as wildlife goes, this place is the best so far on my travels.

You feel really immersed in nature here. I unexpectedly ended up staying a week and made some great friends :-)

Definitely recommend staying here and a package which includes accommodation, 2 game drives a day and food is a great deal!!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from CrocValley, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 26 Jun 2019
RestlessSoul76 Thank you very much for your review I really appreciate my staff being complimented as they try very hard and it is sometimes to easy for guests not to recognize their efforts. Thanks Charl
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Dream56766556350 wrote a review Jun 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Croc Valley Camp, Chalet 3 (self catering furthest from river) from June 9-13, 2018, and overall it was a great experience and value for what we paid ($30pp/night). The 3 game drives and 1 walking safari was excellent, found the guides very friendly and knowledgeable. The best part was having to drive thru a heard of elephants at the camp entrance as we arrived around 10 in the morning, with one young teenager charging our car (mock charge), then having a giraffe in the 'soccer' field in front of our chalet as we unpacked, then the heard of elephants walked by while we had coffee on the porch. The bar restaurant pool area is amazing with ~50 hippos visible and honking each day, and a dozen or so crocs sunning on the sand bar island, bush buck wandering thru the camp in the day, hippos, elephants and lions wandering about at night. One night were woken up to a huge ruckus at 4 AM from 3 lions passing close by and proceeding downstream to the bridge to cross back into the park. Another night woke up to 2 elephants just outside my flyscreen window. The chalet is a bit rough living, expect lots of 'nature' inside as its not 'sealed' from the outside. Kitchen had the basics, but small sink, electric kettle was close to being unsafe with exposed chord! Even had a baboon come in thru our open door in the day while my Dad had his back turned making tea, and it stole our bunch of banana's off the counter - cheeky devil!! Mosi nets had no holes, kitchen and bathroom ceilings are low, so as 6'-2" had to duck! Mattresses' were rock hard, had to sleep on a comforter as my hips like a soft bed! Dont come here expecting 5 star, its not that, but if you want a 3* pure Zambian experience. Pool was clean but chilly that time of year. Staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Herbert. We had a night guard at our chalet all night - brave guy when the lions were around.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from CrocValley, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 22 Jun 2019
Dreams, thank you very much for the review. Finally someone who respects where they are. We are planning on a complete revamp of the Chalets after we have finished what we currently are working on, the Campsite Toilets. Its an on going process here in the bush as we do not close down at all,so have to work around bookings, but I assure we know and are trying. The smaller issues I most certainly will consult with my staff as to why we have a kettle that is border line dangerous. Once again thank you very much and we are trying !!!!
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Emma wrote a review Feb 2019
Lusaka, Zambia2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent 3 nights there, we didn't expect the condition there due to the budget price, HOWEVER, they serve friendly, the room is acceptable with air conditioning. The bathroom is shared but clean. The food there is also acceptable and ESPECIAL grate to Victor, a warm hearted volunteer there from Denmark, he helped us out to catch the bus at 3:00 in the morning. He made us stay much happier.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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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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