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Beside Crocodile River West of Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Beside Crocodile River West of Luangwa River, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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kckm wrote a review Oct 2019
Tring, United Kingdom70 contributions30 helpful votes
We stayed at Crocodile River Camp for just one night; we wish it had been more. Our wonderful guide Moffat brought us here after our two night stay at Remote Africa's sister camp of Chikoko where we spent two nights. The walking safari experience was just awesome, we felt so close to nature and began to have an understanding of how all the animals and plants rely on each other for survival. We were lucky enough to come across a male lion guarding his huge buffalo kill which was of course spectacular but we also enjoyed all the little things that you couldn't possibly see from a vehicle. Our accommodation was super, great view and do ask to meet Brightwell in the kitchen, how he conjures up the food with so little equipment and an underground oven is unbelievable. Thank you Moffat for making our stay exceptional.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Karine V wrote a review Oct 2019
Loenhout, Belgium411 contributions35 helpful votes
We stayed here 3 nights during a 5 days walking safari through South Luangwa. What a wonderful place close to nature. Elephants come real close, in the night you hear all bush noises. Rooms are comfortable, basic but very clean each with own outside bathroom with shower and toilet. Meals are delicious, staff very frtiendly. I can recommand this bush camp for a great adventure and bush experience.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Safariholic wrote a review Jul 2019
Horsham, United Kingdom1938 contributions526 helpful votes
This Camp is, like Chikiko Bush Camp, in the Walking ONLY Concession, run by Tafika’s Remote Africa operation, on the West side of the Luangwa River. I have no idea how many miles apart they are as the crow flies, but I doubt it is too many. However, on our walk, we encountered Elephants, Lions and a lone Bull Hippo (7 much else besides), so our routing was circuitous & convoluted, but very pleasant – 3 hrs or so. For the last hour or so, it got pretty warm (2nd week of Sept). The Camp comprises 4 Bomas in line abreast along a slight ridge (3/4 feet high, & probably along the river’s edge from when it flowed – never been here when it did, hence our uncertainty) with, in the middle, a central meeting/Lounge/ Bar/Library area between some trees- a welcome shady canopy – and raised above the surrounding ground and with a small wooden retaining wall. A cool, spot for luncheon, dinner and watching passing game - also the only spot for electric plugs for chargers etc. Each Boma comprises a rounded bedroom with matting flooring, a hanging rail (clothes), a shelf or two, and windows looking out over the watering hole, and en-suite bathroom of outside shower (modesty protected) flush toilet and sink – hot water available ! Whoop. Whoop. Each is re-built each season by local trades people using all locally-sourced natural materials. Very Eco-friendly, Green & Carbon-Footprint compliant. Simple, rustic, cool, peaceful and quiet – ideal in our opinion. Mosquito nets provided insect protection. Food was excellent, as was the Service etc. If you fancied a drink and no one was around – DIY. Don’t wait for the bar staff. This is not a 5* Hotel with Room Service etc – you’re in the bush remember. Enjoy it for what it is – not what it isn’t. AC and WiFi were similarly out. A small pride of Lions (lionesses actually) with 3 / 4 cubs were omnipresent and only 800/ 1000 yds away in a patch of thick grass, surrounded by a lugga. Tracking them was not difficult. Seeing them was. They certainly added to the experience, but we would still have rated it very highly, without them. A glorious spot of escapism – deep in the bush. Loved it.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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91Chris wrote a review Dec 2018
Hertfordshire, England41 contributions30 helpful votes
We stayed at Tafika and its sister walking camps of Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp in July 2018. They are all owned and run by Remote Africa Safaris, the business of owner-managers John and Carol Coppinger and Bryan Jackson who live at Tafika during the season. This is a combined review for all three locations. It's hard to know what to add to the other glowing reviews of this organisation, but simply to say that of all our African trips, this has been one of our most memorable and authentic experiences. The quality of the hospitality and guiding was absolutely outstanding but what really defines these camps is the deeply respectful ethos underpinning everything Remote Africa Safaris does. The structures of these beautiful places are rebuilt afresh each season in the traditional way by local craftspeople with natural materials. The fresh ingredients used in the kitchens are sustainably grown in Tafika's wonderful kitchen garden on the banks of the Luangwa River. The camps support and employ many people from the local communities and put funds back into their schools and healthcare. We were lucky to have Moffat as our guide, both for the walking and vehicle safaris. I cannot speak too highly of him. Encyclopedic knowledge of the bush is a given when guiding at this level, but what he added was a tremendous warmth of personality, a wit and wisdom that made him great fun to spend time with. This part of South Luangwa is a real treat for game viewing. It is remote so that meeting another vehicle is a rarity yet the game is outstanding. On all our vehicle drives we never failed to see either lion, leopard or wild dogs (or all 3!) along with all the more regular sightings. Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp are even more remote than Tafika with no road access (hence only walking safaris). The locations are absolutely superb, and give a true wilderness experience. Despite the remoteness they are still very comfortable with excellent food - we were amazed at the standard of food Padson could cook on an open fire! Overall we had a wonderful time and can't recommend all three locations (and Moffat!) highly enough.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled
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chloemcck wrote a review Nov 2018
48 contributions11 helpful votes
this camp was brilliant. My first time in a long time walking I loved the remote nature and openness of the chalets. We were fortunate enough to see lion on a buffalo kill with my expert guide Moffat providing some incredible information. He was also an excellent host at meal times keeping me entertained with stories of the bush and life as a guide. The most excitement came at night when a young elephant bull decided to use my chalet as a scratching post! Just incredible as the walls shook! Great food, perfectly poured Gin and tonics. The guides and scouts here are really excellent and will put even the most nervous of walkers at ease!
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Ulti Ramos wrote a review Aug 2016
Los Angeles, California269 contributions55 helpful votes
We did walking safaris here. The Chikoko trails and Crocodile camp. the experience was just amazing. Great service. My son and I were the only guest while there but I'm sure the service would have been just as good would more guest have been there. Amon (our guide) was so friendly, knowledgeable and patient. We asked him to stop at a village. He did, We had a chance to see the people, talk to them. One of my best moments was when passing candy (sweeties) out to the children and seeing they happy faces. (this is exactly what Lion Camp refused to do for us). Highly recommended when thinking of visiting South Luangwa.
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Murray C wrote a review Oct 2015
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A great African experience.The best place to see leopards and abundant herds of buffaloes. Truely african service and smiles.Remote yet very adequate.The guides are vigilant and are masters in bush story telling.
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Date of stay: October 2015
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amarina wrote a review Oct 2014
Brisbane, Australia134 contributions15 helpful votes
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After spending 2 nights at Chikoko Camp we headed off for a causal walk to Crocodile. It took us about 4hrs to complete the walk but that was after morning tea and looking at everything on the way. We were a tad worried about staying at Crocodile Camp as we had heard from Tafika and while at Chikoko that all of the waterholes had dried up already and the animal sightings were becoming very few and far between. Not looking at happy campers. We actually loved the layout of the camp better than at Chikoko - again 3 huts with outdoor bathrooms and windows that open up to the outdoors. The flushable toilet has a roof and the shower really doesn't need the warm water if using after the morning walk - in Oct the weather and water was more than warm enough to use and feel clean and cool. The central hut has a great bar and lunch/dinner area and breakfast is on the open flats. Again the food was beyond what was expected and we did enjoy G&T's at sundown time with our fellow guest - 2 lovely USA ladies. The animal sightings (Despite what we had been told) were good boarding on great but the area was VERY dry and the staff have dug a waterhole (and keep it filled with a solar powered bore pump) to encourage the animals to come close to camp. The animal viewings were varied; we saw a leopard, warthog family, buffalo, birds of all types, puku and impala plus a few that I have probably forgotten (and this was just while at the camp not including the walks). On our first day Alex (the guide) sighted a leopard dragging a puku up into a tree so at afternoon walk time we wandered past with Alex (the ranger) and saw the puku (the leopard's kill) waiting for the leopard to come back that night. That was amazing and having Alex (the guide) explain the process of why hiding its kill in the tree, seeing how strong the leopard was to drag the puku into the tree. We continued on our walk and Alex explained about some animal poo, tracks and we saw puku, impala, greater kudu, buffalo and hyenas. The next morning we headed off in the vehicle - this way we could head towards to river and see as many animals as possible. So a short drive later we arrived and started walking. Once again we saw the usual suspects - puku, eland, greater kudu, elephants, buffalo, monkeys, baboons, warthogs. Alex and Alex were tracking a loin but bad luck for us it was always about 10 steps ahead. But that is what we signed up for with the walking. As a whole we enjoyed our 2 nights at Crocodile Camp and really cannot fault anything - Alex (the guide) was a great host and he was so willing to share information about himself, family, village life, village rules and the beauty of the bush in South Luangwa Park.
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Date of stay: October 2014
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Chooker20 wrote a review Jul 2014
Melbourne, Australia84 contributions77 helpful votes
This was again knowing what your going to. Very comfortable bush camp. Good setting, you take your chance with game. Saw plenty of the normal ie impalas and baboons but the more elusive were scarce. Guide was very knowledgable . Shower once a day hot water in wood fire heated 44 Gallon drums. Food and bar were great. The walks are interesting and a great insight into the area No charging facilities for the cameras etc and take your own binoculars if your that way inclined. Intimate camp three rooms only made done good friends
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Date of stay: July 2014
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2003millie wrote a review Oct 2013
Manchester, United Kingdom123 contributions51 helpful votes
Two nights in this small walking camp were unforgettable. Three huts and a central bar/eating area with chairs overlooking the waterhole. Clean comfortable beds, really good food and drink, a jug of hot water with the wake up call and an oil drum of hot water for the shower every evening when you get back from the walk. What more could we want? Amazing guiding and spotting? We certainly got that. Everyone worked hard to make sure we were happy and comfortable. Thank you all so much !!! It was great fun just sitting in our hut, watching warthogs running along in single file, tails waving in the air, bullying other birds and animals away from the waterhole to play at leaping and splashing in the water. We were there in the dry season so the waterhole attracted lots of birds and animals including a thirsty leopard. Brian our guide spotted a leopard at breakfast so we tracked it, found the abandoned puku it had just killed. Then on the way back from our walk found the puku very well covered and hidden in the grass. It was still there that evening although the leopard had eaten more of it. Seeing a pride of 14 lions eating a buffalo while on foot is very exciting especially when they turned to look at us with blood all over their heads and faces. Stood close to a family of elephants resting, until an impala ran on the other side and startled them. The elephants noticed us so we had to make a hasty retreat! Saw buffalo, hippo, hyena, baboons, kudu amongst other things. So much in just two days, hoped we wouldn't be disappointed in the next camps! No need for lots of luggage as clothes are laundered in camp and ironed with coal irons. Everything has to be carried into the camp, no roads. All we had to carry though was binoculars, cameras and a bottle of water. Best top up camera batteries before you get here.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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