Croc Valley Camp (South Luangwa)

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mama Rula's to Croc Valley Campsite – Luangwa

With road works on the go, it is a slow drive to Mfuwe. The surrounds are greener with lots of mango and banana trees everywhere.  Pawpaw’s fewer in number as well as vegetable gardens in every village

Mfuwe has a fairly big airport and numerous lodges as the tourist industry thrives in these parts.  Second, only to Livingstone, South Luangwa is rated at the top of the attraction list in Zambia.

We stayed at Croc Valley Campsite, just outside the park gate and on the Luangwa River that forms it boundary.  Croc Valley is wonderful camp, run by South Africans,  in a great setting. The Luangwa river is home to Hippo and Crocodiles alike. Elephants cross the river frequently.    Upon ones arrival, Louise or Shaun briefs one about the dangers of being in the camp next to a game park with no fences.  All vegetables, fruit and especially citrus has to be kept in the Lodge store room at night as the Elephants will stop at nothing to get hold of it.  Elephant and Hippo come feed amongst the tents and on the Lodge grounds in general during the night.

The campsite is unique in that unlike most other campsites, in this one campers have a prime spot right on the bank of the river.  Huge trees with marvelous shade cover most of the camp.  A good thing if one takes into account that this time of year – winter – the temperature went up to 42 degrees. 

Other extras include the big pool, hammocks’, a Lapa with a table and chairs for every stand,  and a lovely wooden bench not to mention the green grass and drinking water – as much as you want from the taps. We did not make use of the pub although a number of guest went to watch the rugby. They also offer game drives etc.

On three out of four nights that we stayed at Croc Valley the Hippo and the Elephants grazed in the camp, right next to the tent.  One night the hippo’s had a fight in the camp. Needles to say, you don’t go to the bathroom after dark.

During the day there is always something to look at.  Hippos and crocs in the river, locals passing by on a dug out, King fishers, Storks, Impala, Elephants etc.  Apparently the day before we arrived a leopard came to drink water and lied on the sand for a few hours before taking off.

The four of us (Mike, Christine, Carlos and myself) went on a self drive into the Park.  The next entry will tell you more about our day in South Luangwa.

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