Croc Valley Boutique Camp
South Luangwa National Park
Bordering the South
Luangwa National Park, Zambia, sits the luxurious Croc Valley Boutique Camp
with its unique setting that offers comfort by it's rustic simplicity.
It is renowned for its large concentration of mammals and elephants and it is not unusual to see a wide-ranging variety of wildlife from the comfort and safety of your chalet deck, the bar, restaurant and the poolside.
The exceptional location of Croc Valley Camp makes it a regular host to elephants, giraffe, buffalo, hippos, monkeys, antelope and crocodiles.
Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of many of the migratory birds plus regular residents like Open Billed Storks, African Fish Eagles, beeaters and many more.
Whether you want to go on safari in the comfort of our especially adapted game-viewing vehicle or want to venture out on foot, hosts offer a safari tailored to your needs with resident professional guides whose intimate knowledge will make for an unforgettable experience.
Croc Valley Camp is an affordable boutique lodge which caters for the budget traveller as well as offering a self-catering and full board experience. A quaint new exclusive tourist facility, the camp was renovated in February 2005 and is set in an oasis of calm along the bank of the Luangwa river. The camp fits effortlessly into the surrounding riverine habitat with fantastic views and it is not uncommon to see elephants crossing the river and strolling through the camp on a regular basis.
The chalets are completely environmentally friendly and in order to escape the off-season floods camp's chalets are raised on stilts providing a fantastic viewpoint from which to see the wildlife that wanders through the camp.
Throughout your stay, camp's 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, a 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, in a hammock or catch up with the news on camp's satellite TV.
Croc Valley Camp accepts Zambian Kwacha, US Dollars, GB Pounds, Euros, South Africa Rand and Visa (5% surcharge).
Food and other supplies if you are self-catering or camping should be brought with you. If you need to pick-up supplies in Chipata there is a Shoprite supermarket, Barclays and Zambian banks and all manner of other goods suppliers that you may need to stock up on!
In Mfuwe village itself, basic groceries only are available, if you are self-catering it is advisable to do shopping in Chipata for the duration of your stay in the valley.
There is a BP fuel station here in Mfuwe, we do usually have petrol and diesel, but in case of lack of supply, it is always wise to carry a couple of full jerry cans with your own vehicle.
Arrival by road:
The road up to the park from Chipata is an adventure. As you pass through rural Zambian villages you will see some of the out of the way scenery often missed by tours that do not go off the beaten track. Your efforts will be worth it when you arrive at camp and quench your thirst at our riverside bar and watch the Luangwa River meandering peacefully past the camp.
Drive to Chipata (about 15 km from the Malawi border in the Eastern Province of Zambia).
Take the signpost to South Luangwa National Park (coming from Malawi, as you go under the arch at the end of Chipata town turn right, or if coming from Lusaka, it is a left turn just before you would go under the arch signaling the start of Chipata town).
Follow the road for approximately 3-4 hours (about 140 km); keep following signs to South Luangwa National Park. The road is mainly dirt with two small stretches of tarmac. Parts of it are being graded each year, but rains have their influences.
When you have passed through the Jumbe police check stop, you will be almost onto the good road again! When you reach the tarmac junction, the airport is to the left, you must turn right to come to Croc Valley Camp. Follow the good tar road for about 20 minutes going passed the BP fuel station, go straight passed the T- junction for another couple meters on your right hand side you will see a big sign for Croc valley camp, turn right there, follow the dirt road, a another 2 signs will indicate our camp, turn right and just follow the track as it will lead you straight into the camp.
What to expect:
A friendly family welcome, comfortable rooms, laundry service, campsite, hot showers, flushing toilets, restaurant, bar and a hippo friendly swimming pool all on the banks of the Luangwa river.
Park entrance fees:
All entrance fees are payable directly to the park, therefore it is advisable to bring enough cash to have ready at the entrance gate. Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund fee is payable on arrival.
Game - viewing activities:
The morning drives leave camp at 06.00hrs and return around 10.30hrs.
Our night drives leave camp at 16.00hrs and return around 20.15hrs.
The walking safari sets off at 06.00hrs and return around 11.00hrs.
Rates per person per night: on request
|Luxury river front tents|
|Camping, no meals|
|Backpacker/dorm rooms, no meals|
|Overlander trucks, per person|
|1 morning drive, 1 evening drive, excluding park fee||-|
|Activities per person, advanced reservations only|
|Walking Safaris: seasonal, only in dry season, park entry fee excluded||-|
|Airport transfers: per person one-way, minimum 2||-|
Contact & reservations:
Fax: +264 61 244558
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
See also: Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy
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