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Delft, The Netherlands

Good value for money!

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 Aug 2022
I booked with my family (8 in total) four river front tents for four nights with full board. We initally booked for 2020, due to Covid, we could only travel in 2022, while Croc Valley just kept our reservation without problem. Transfer with a van from and to Lusaka was conveniently organised. Location of the tent along the river is magnificent. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. The game drives were amazing, we had very good sights of leopards, pity that we didnt see any lions. Food is good and plenty too. Special compliments for the cooks who really dealt well with our dietary requirements (gluten and lactose free). Lastly, Croc Valley really provides value for money, I can really recommend them if you are travelling on a limited budget. And South Luangwa might be one of the nicest Parks you will ever see.
Date of stay: August 2022
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Reviewed 13 August 2022

We had a great Safari experience with Croc Valley. It already starts with the excellent location of the lodge and the bar/restaurant just above the river shore: crocs and hippos right underneath your nose and in the evening elefants crossing the river. We booked morning and night drives and a walking safari and our guide (Chadric) was absolutely superb and knowlegable. The walking safari was amongst the best safari experiences ever. And one night a huge elefant crossed the camp.

One mor hint: We tried to walk to the lodge from Mfue, but this is not recommended. Encounters with Elefants and Buffaloes are highly probable, even outside the boudaries of the national park. Better pay the taxi a little extra fee to deliver you at doorstep.

Date of stay: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 July 2022

This was a great place, next to the river and park entrance. It was easy to see hippos and crocodiles during the day from the bar, and I had elephants, hippos and a hyena outside my chalet during the night.
The staff here are the best, especially the guide Simon, who helped me to see so much wildlife (6 leopards in 5 game drives!).
I definitely recommend staying here if you visit South Luangwa.

Date of stay: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 July 2022

The Lodge is very nice with a good look out on sand banks. The Staff is very friendly and ready to help you if needed any assistance. The experience show that the Turtle Rooms (being the cheapest) show some drawbacks such as a not functioning Safe in the Room we stayed in, also the rooms are very tiny and crampt for housing 3 people. The room had a worn-out springbed and Mattress however when we asked it was shiftly replaced with better quality bed and mattress. Another important point, the full accomodation is not worth the amount we payed, the game drive was ok although amount of animals was segnificantly lower then in Malawian Game Reserves, the food was ok good quality but lacking some flavour and freshness. If you don't need a small breakfast at the start of the Safari at 5:30, we would recommend that all food, accommodation and Safari be booked separately as it would have been the cheapest option.

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 June 2022

I visited Croc Valley with two friend and it was the highlight of our 6 months of travelling. The service throughout our whole time there was amazing and each member of staff went above and beyond what was needed. All of our game drives were excellent and we were lucky enough to see 4 of the big 5, big shout out to Bernard for making this happen! Each meal was delicious and we were never left hungry, Philimon was an excellent waiter the whole time. Finally a big shout out to Herbert who helped us organise the next stage of our travels when we were stuck with where to go.
I will be going back, even if just to hear the hippos eating next to your tent at night!

Date of stay: June 2022
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 December 2021

The lodge is outside the NP but very close to the gate.We needed 2 family chalets for the four of us.Each chalets have fully furnished kitchen and beds to accomodate 3 adults.There is a huge fan too to help beat the October heat.The chalets face an open glassland and sitting in the cosy veradah one can see the elephant troop marching by,the buffaloes munching as they move to the river,the pukus and kudus all day long and ofcourse the notorious monkeys.Such a treat to watch the babies playing with each other and their moms.
The resturant serves all three meals and the food quality is good.Yes,the furniture,the famous chess set ,the hammock are all worn out and need replacing but then covid has been hard to all of us .So if more local tourist come better the chance for renovations.The location of the restutant is amazing.Facing the mighty Luangwa,one is in for treat.Hippos roam about,elephats come to quench their thirst,crocdiles float by and numerous bird fly by.
For the last night we were moved to the accomodation which is meant for backpackers.It was near the kitchen but surprisingly had AC.Not very comfortable to sleep in a place full of beds,bunk beds,queen bed but we managed for that single night.
The workers are quite polite.Herbert was very helpful and answered all my queries.
The lodge also organised the walking safari and game drive for us which as other reviewers point out is the best!

Date of stay: October 2021
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