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Mfuwe Eastern, South Luangwa National Park 0000 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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Mfuwe Eastern, South Luangwa National Park 0000 Zambia
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DanielYenshaw wrote a review Apr 2021
El Paso, Texas38 contributions23 helpful votes
If you are looking for great food, bar, staff, and safari experience, then Croc Valley is the place for you. With different types of accommodations, this will give you choices on how you want to live on your stay. The safari's experiences are great and I highly recommend doing a combo of night and morning safaris. A guide to use there is Banard as I have used him three times and he is a very experienced guide and has great knowledge. Herbert the manager will help you in any way you can and is extremely friendly. Do not hesitate to stay here if you come to South Luangwa
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: River Front Tents
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Sherri wrote a review Mar 2021
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania52 contributions7 helpful votes
Croc Valley Camp is a great camp for anyone who wants to have the real experience of the Luangwa Valley. There is every kind of accommodation from camping to eco tents to self catering chalets to air conditioned luxury. Food is plentiful and good. You can pick and choose what you want to do rather than having to follow a set schedule. The owners and staff are lovely and interesting - and you'll meet many locals if you go to the bar for sundowners. All in all a magical place. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: April 2020
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Room Tip: Chalets are the most private. Rooms with shared bath are nice and have a/c and the bathrooms are...
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Response from Charl Beukes, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 04 Apr 2021
Thank you very much SherriTom for your wonderful comments. Hope to see you back very soon !!
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Hayley wrote a review Feb 2021
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
Croc valley was a nice place to stay for our budget. We had it mostly to ourselves due to the season and covid 19. However, 1800 kwacha was taken from my private room. There was a safe in the room which I did not use however I have never used safes during my year in Zambia and not experienced this before in any accommodation. The staff we were slow and unhelpful when this was flagged on our last day. We had a flight to catch and the manager made us wait in reception for 2.5 hours without any information, which resulted in us rushing to the airport and not visiting the local shops as planned. The manager was quite defensive and put the entire blame on me and even managed to make me feel guilty for being stolen from in his premise. He instructed me the only way to help the situation was to raise a police report. To do this you had to be in the area and due to the delay waiting for him there was no time to do so. He said he would be in touch via email to assist this and he never was. His tone and lack of a good will gesture for even 10% off the bar tab for the time wasted and the theft was really disappointing and I would not recommend staying there, despite the pleasant experience beforehand.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Charl Beukes, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 28 Feb 2021
Amazing that we are blamed for someone's stupidity and give a 1 score when everywhere even on the Mirror in rooms are signs LOCK UP YOUR VALUABLES Even on briefings Guests are asked to lock up valuables and that we have a safe upstairs that we can lock things up if necessary When I spoke to her and asked why it was not locked up she said I never lock up anything. There reason we have spent a lot of money to fit safes is to protect the clients belongings. I was asked what can I do about it and I said the only thing is to inform the police. I was then asked what would happen to the ladies cleaning the rooms and I said they would be interrogated, which they were not happy with so I asked them what do you expect me to do and I was told discount the bar bill . I replied I am sorry but this was not our fault you did not follow our instructions. We concluded that they would write a report send it to us and I would try must best to report this to the Police not knowing if they would accept a hand written report. No report came
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leonidasxidaras wrote a review Dec 2020
Adamas, Greece429 contributions46 helpful votes
I spent 2 great nights at this camp! Great spot in the jungle of South Luangwa National Park! Very good quality of food and very well prepared.. the stuff was helpful... If I ever return to Mfuwe I will definitely stay at croc valley camp again.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Charl Beukes, Owner at Croc Valley Camp
Responded 24 Feb 2021
Thank you very much for the kind remarks especially during these hard times. We hope we can welcome you back soon !!
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Elena H wrote a review Dec 2020
Vienna, Austria159 contributions4 helpful votes
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After 10 years of visiting Southern Africa (Botswana, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa and Namibia) we decided to explore South Luangwa NP because it is known as the best park for leopard sightings. We wanted to take our time, to know park better, to feel its spirit and booked 10 nights in September 2020. The camp is rather big and busy. It has self-catering chalets, air-conditioned tents, rooms and camping place with a river view. We decided for that busy camp because we wanted to get more information about the park which we supposed to get from guests but due to the Covid-19 pandemic there were almost no guests in the camp. We booked the self-catering chalet a year in advance via booking.com without paying any deposit. The price was more than reasonable and in a case of cancelation we wouldn’t loose any money. Booking.com didn’t charge us at all and we paid cash on place. You can book it also on web-site of Croc-Valley Camp. The camp looks perhaps old and tired, but it is a kind of property that will survive (hopefully) Covid- pandemic. It has something for every kind of guest except some who need luxury. You can book air-conditioned (very nice) tent on the all-inclusive basis or accommodation on a self-catering basis and buy activities as you wish. I loved our self-catering chalet! It was build on a wooden platform and had everything we needed. In the kitchen we had: electrical stove, toaster, microwave, filter-coffee machine, boiler for tea water, fridge with the freezer and safe. And everything was working!! Except the safe. There were, of course, plates, pots, pans and cutlery. Outside was a Barbecue - place. A huge ventilator was standing in the room and there was also a celling fan. We put together two of three available beds, and the stuff made a king-bed of it without us even asking. I must note here that housekeeping ladies were just fantastic! Every day our dishes were washed, bed made, floor and sanitary were cleaned. The bed was really very comfortable! Perhaps better than mine at home. The shower was separated from WC and washbasin with a wall but water was seeping through it to the WC area. But who cares? As I said the chalet was not luxury and was old and for a price we paid it didn’t bother me at all. It was not much water going through. I just cannot put something at the wall without getting wet by extensive showering of two people. The shower worked excellently and that was a main point! Didn’t you have an experience with expensive lodges where you paid $800ppn and shower didn’t work properly? I had experience where we didn’t have ANY water for two days! Sometime ago we stopped to book expensive lodges because they often didn’t deliver what one could have expected for the price and at the end the basic functionality is more important than a pretended luxury. Yes, the accommodation was tired, but I really fell in love with it! It was like an old friend I know for ages. After 10 nights at Croc Valley, we were staying in Nsefu sector for three nights and had two nights after that without any bookings. We came back to Croc Valley for those two spare-nights! It was like coming home! The only missing was chairs. There was a high bar-table which separated kitchen from the room and actually we were happy to stand there and work on our computers because we were sitting all the day anyway! Additionally we took our chairs from the (fully equipped) car to sit when taking meals. Sometimes we prepared our food ourselves and other days we visited camp’s restaurant. That is also what we like a lot: to eat when we want, to decide ourselves. I had a feeling that restaurant was always open. At least we got meal every time we visited it. In the evening after a game drive they always asked us if we want to eat something. What a care!! But we don’t eat so late. (And don’t need to pay for dinner like we do in lodges with all-inclusive…) The food in a restaurant was prepared good but not outstanding. We ate steaks or burgers with greek-salad. After a few days we ate all feta-cheese, but the stuff was very creative and substituted it with mozzarella. I don’t think that it is a logistic problem. Note, that we were during Covid-19 there. We were the only international guests in the camp. Sometimes there were some resident-guests. There was no need for them to make a big food shopping. The biggest attraction of the camp is its swimming pool. It is big, clean and good maintained. It is so big that you can really have a good swimming hour in it! In the evening it is lighted so, you can again have a sport-hour. Opposite the pool is a Gym and the equipment was working there. We organised a few days of game drives and booked always a morning, and an evening game drives the same day. Our guide was Simon. We explicitly asked for him because I read about him in Trip Advisor. His last drive was in February 2020 (we were in September 2020). Simon was just incredible! It again shows that quality of a guide doesn’t depend on a lodge category. I noticed rather other tendency: cheaper camps have often better guides. Why? The answer is simple. At the beginning the guides working in remote lodges and stay there for months. After some years they have it enough, want to be closer to the family and look for the camps closer to villages. And those camps are like Croc Valley, they are situated outside the park, between the village and the gate. Those guides often already have a long-year carrier and are excellent in spotting animals. So was Simon. He was the first who spotted lions, leopards... And called a guide from Bush Company to come. There were no many game-drive vehicles at the beginning of September: a car from Thornicroft Lodge, from Chinzombo and a few cars with local people from the neighbouring villages. Project Luangwa and Carnivore Project was organising game drives for locals to show the value of wildlife. I found it excellent! Later Bush Company (Mfuwe lodge) was driving with a few vehicles, Mopani Lodge and Marula Lodge. The breakfast and snacks on game drives were always very good, but we preferred to use a good light for photography and often skipped breaks. We were always alone in the car. There were other guests at the end of our stay, a family, and they got their own car as well. The morning game-drives started at 6:00 (05:55) and ended at about 10:15. The evening game-drives started at 16:00 (once we arranged at 15:30) and ended at about 20:00-20:15. The gate is 5-7mins from the camp. The camp is situated between Luangwa river and small lake and our chalets was often visited by elephants, giraffes, hippos, pukus and resident bushbucks. Baboons and monkeys were always there waiting to break into the chalet and steal the food. Once I heard an alarm-call and went out of the chalet to see what happened. A stuff-member was rushing by with a stick in the hand. „A lion is here,“ he explained. Despite a village vicinity and a lot of noise, there are also leopards and hyenas who are visiting camps. We met them on the Luangwa bridge. They were crossing to the village. „Oh..! Lions and leopards are people-friends!“ said Simon once. I will be back to Croc Valley.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Responded 24 Feb 2021
Thank you very much for an excellent review !! We are trying hard during these trying time to keep the camp maintained but with little income the emphasis has been to keep all our staff employees and thus feeding their families fed. Once again thanks again and welcome HOME when you come again!!
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US$12 - US$40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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ZambiaSouth Luangwa National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Croc Valley Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Croc Valley Camp?
Nearby attractions include Mulberry Mongoose (5.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Croc Valley Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Croc Valley Camp?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Croc Valley Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Croc Valley Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Croc Valley Camp have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.