5 Days Camping South Luangwa Safari in Zambia

  • Croc Valley Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


Exciting South Luangwa National Park Safari

For scenery and variety of animals, South Luangwa National Park is probably the best park in Zambia. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species. What's more, South Luangwa safaris are a thrilling way to experience Africa's wildlife at very close quarters. If you are looking for an African safari of a lifetime, Croc Valley Camp is ready to serve you an out of this world experience. So don't just sit there! Come and experience one of the best night walk safaris or day drives.


  • Daily 2 game viewing
  • Knowledgeable safari guides
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, & dinner
  • Riverfront accommodation
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 4 activity days
  • English
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You will stay in a luxury air-conditioned riverfront tent at Croc Valley Camp. The rooms are comfortable and some have a bathroom with shower, wall safe, kettle, and fridge. The campsite is well-catered for campers and overland trucks with parking areas, summer huts, power points, hot showers, and ablutions.

The "hippo friendly" swimming pool is perfect for sunbathing and cooling off. Hammocks are scattered around the camp for lazing around and watching the world go by. The bar and restaurant can be utilized at any time of the day and both offer perfect views of the river and the wildlife that uses it.

This safari tour will take you on daily morning and night game drives in Croc Valley Camp's open game vehicle. You will watch the antelopes, elephants, zebras, warthogs, lions, leopards, an abundance of beautiful birds, and the Thornicroft's giraffe, which is found nowhere else.

The game drives will be led by resident professional guides whose intimate knowledge will make for an unforgettable experience. The drives will be conducted in either Toyota Land Cruisers or, for larger groups, 20-seater vehicles designed once again to watch the carbon footprint in the park.

Your safari vacation will take place in the South Luangwa National Park. The park is a beautiful, untouched wildlife sanctuary of Africa. It is an extension to the Great East African Rift Valley. The Luangwa River rises from the dramatic Mafinga Mountains in the northeastern corner of Zambia and has many scenic ox-bows and lagoons, filled with hippos and crocodiles.

The rich volcanic soil supports a wide variety of lush vegetation and a wealth of animal and birdlife. Situated far from all the major cities, the Luangwa Valley is remote and has therefore been spared the masses of tourists in minibuses - this is a pristine, over 9,000 square kilometers stretch of lush riverine vegetation, plentiful game, and fantastic bird watching.

Your accommodation, Croc Valley Camp, is set on the banks of the picturesque Luangwa River. Set in a riverine forest, the camp is deliberately inconspicuous so as to retain the natural beauty of its surroundings. An abundance of wildlife such as elephants, monkeys, hippos and a wide variety of antelope often pass through the camp and can be seen most days from the safety of the shaded rondavels, the bar, and restaurant and the chalets.

You will be served daily meals which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Throughout your stay, Croc Valley Camp's chefs can provide delicious meals and snacks from original recipes using fresh ingredients for your meticulously prepared meals. Special meals can also be arranged and the menu can be altered to suit your needs.

The Croc Valley Bar and Restaurant are open during the day and at night it is open till 09:30. You are welcome to order anytime from the restaurant's menu which offers anything from small snacks and sandwiches to full course meals. The fully stocked bar offers a wide variety of local and imported beers and spirits as well as cool drinks, mixers and a variety of bar snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Kawasa Village and Chipembele Animal Orphanage tours (35 USD)
  • Tribal textiles tour (25 USD)
  • Walking safaris (50 USD per person)
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Daily two game-viewing activities
  • Laundry service
  • Personal expenses at the bar
  • ZAWA park entry fees

Driving directions from Chipata

  • Drive to Chipata (about 15 kilometers from the Malawi border in the Eastern Province of Zambia).
  • Take the signpost to South Luangwa National Park (turn right as you go under the arch at the end of Chipata).
  • Follow the road for approximately 3 - 4 hours (about 140 kilometers).
  • Keep following signs to South Luangwa National Park. The road is mainly dirt with two small stretches of tarmac.
  • Stop when you have passed through the Jumbe police check.
  • 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 passing the T-junction for another couple meters.
  • On your righthand side, you will see a big sign for Croc Valley Camp, turn right there.
  • Follow the dirt road, another 2 signs will indicate the camp, turn right and just follow the track as it will lead you straight into the camp.


  • Review by Ashleigh B.

    "I camped in Croc Valley Camp for two nights in October and absolutely loved it! Not only could I hear the sounds of hippos and elephants munching away at night, but watching the sunrise in the morning was made extra special with a view of a herd of elephants making their way to a watering hole right beside the camp (a few hundred meters). The facilities were good and there was a lot of space around the campsite, plus a bar, pool, and hammocks. I loved that there was free Wi-Fi (a rarity while camping around Southern Africa)."

    "The staff was absolutely wonderful and Herbert, in particular, was so helpful and friendly, especially when it came to organizing game drives. This was a great location from which to begin a game drive, with the South Luangwa National Park being one of, if not, the best I have seen so far (I especially loved the dawn safari). All in all, I loved it and I would highly recommend Croc Valley Camp for a memorable camping experience."

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  • Review by Daniel from Katete, Zambia

    "My wife and I had our honeymoon at Croc Valley Camp right in heart of the South Luangwa National Park in May 2016. We had an exciting indelible lifetime experience and we look forward to returning there again and again. The staff at Croc Valley Camp are so welcoming, friendly, and very helpful. They made our time there very simple and fun. The morning and evening cruises were on time, we saw all the big animals that we wanted to see. The food was terrific and so was the accommodation. I still remember we were in chalet number 3 yet the cost was very reasonable and within budget."

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  • Review by Jitka F. from Gansbaai, South Africa

    "It was a nice place and very close to the gate of South Luangwa National Park. They had very good food, friendly staff, and beautiful river views. I recommend both independent travelers to use the service of Croc Valley Camp."

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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Set on the banks of the picturesque Luangwa River, Croc Valley Camp aims to provide quality and affordable safaris and accommodation in the South Luangwa National Park.

Speaks English

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5 days / 4 nights


This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Peak season
  • July 1 - October 31


Green season
  • November 1 - June 30
Special discount

Groups larger than 10 adults staying in tents or chalets are entitled to a 10% special discount.

Pricing information

Children under the age of 5 in a sharing room are free of charge.
Children under the age of 12 in a sharing room are charged 80% of the rate.
Children over the age of 12 in a sharing room are charged 100% of the rate.

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