Reviews of Crocodile Bushcamp
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Nichols at Crocodile
This was my favourite camp of the four we stayed at. The chalets face onto a small waterhole which ensures a constant parade of impala, warthogs, baboons and birds. We even had a lion stroll past as we were eating breakfast.
Although the accommodation is essentially a grass hut, it has all the facilities necessary and if there is the occasional frog sharing your bedroom, it's all part of the experience. If you prefer five star hotels, this isn't the holiday for you.
The guided walks were the highlight. You get closer to the animals when you're in a car but walking through the bush is a completely different experience. We were there in mid-October and it has to be said that with the temperature at around 38 degrees, some might find it excessively hot. By the time we got back from a walk at 10.00 a.m. we were all ready for a cold shower. It did mean, however, that the animals congregated around the available water and were much easier to spot.
Our guide, Brent Harris was very knowledgeable and keen to share his enthusiasm.
Considering the limited cooking facilities, the food was very impressive.
Absolutely wonderful experience.
The camp was quite simply constructed, as a remote bush camp should be, but everything we needed was provided. The standard of service at the camp was extraordinarily good, especially considering that everything had to be carried in from the nearest river crossing. The food in particular was wonderful, all cooked from fresh on site.
The game walks were fantastic - we saw a leopard kill hidden away and were able to come back later and actually see the leopard. We also had a herd of buffalo pass in from of us at the same time as a herd of elephant were approaching from the side. And best of all, we came across a pride of 13 lion eating a freshly killed buffalo, or at least they were until they spotted us - a moment not for the faint-hearted! All thanks to our brilliant guide, Bryan.
Another splendid bush-camp! Simpler than Chikoko, but very charming. There is a small waterhole that attracts hippos and warthogs.
Again, we were delighted with the team looking after us.
Crocodile - Chikoko walking tour
This was part of a circular tour we did from Tafika via Crocodile, Chikoko and back to Tafika. Our Guides were Brent and Mukupa with scout Levy.
Crocodile is a tiny camp, with ground level grass huts open at the front overlooking the waterhole. This is pumped so guarantees sightings from the camp. We saw Impala, Bushbuck, and Buffalo at the water. We also witnessed a (very nearly) sucessful Lion hunt right in front of our hut in the early morning before breakfast. The area round this camp was good for spotting Raptors and Vultures.
As with the other Remote Safari camps the staff took superb care of us.
The lovely Crocodile Bushcamp
Some prefer Chikoko, but we thought that Crocodile was absolutely the best - small, personal, friendly. OK, so there was not very much game at the water hole - but that isn't the fault of "Croc". We had a really good walk in, a great walk in the morning and a most excellent drive in the afternoon which enabled us to see four creatures which we had not previously seen.
Excellent staff with a sense of humour - needed when we gave a very short, impromptu concert!
We wish that we had spent at least one more night.
Great camps in a remote area only for walking
Crocodile Bushcamp and Chikoko Tree Camp
After leaving Kaingo and crossing the Luangwa river two times by canoe we reached Crocodile Bushcamp. The area is an only walking area without any vehicles or their tracks around. On our 3 day walking safari we walked around the camps and from one camp to the other.
Crocodile Bushcamp and Chikoko Tree Camp are rustic but wonderful places to stay in the wild and without missing anything (remember no vehicles: everything incl. food and drinking water has to be carried to the camps by porters !!!). The food is fantasic and we didn't understand how they create those delicious meals just with an hole in the bottom oven!!! Like in all the other camps we had visited on our safari also the staff of these 2 bushcamps was so friendly and helpful.
Our guide during the whole walking safari was Isaak with an incredible guiding experience of more than 40 years !!!! He was the best walking guide we could have got. In his presence there was no moment where we felt uncomfortable or unsafe even when approaching lions or having unexpected encounters with hippos or elephants.
A walking safari is an other wonderful experience - you are part of the nature you visit and although we saw many big and small animals (I was surprised how close we could get to many of them) you see and learn so much about the small things you usually miss when going by vehicle. And Isaak told us so much about all those things - it was really fantastic!
In conclusion: If you visit Zambia don't miss to go on a walking safari - and Crocodile Bushcamp and Chikoko Tree Camp in an only walking area are perfect places to do it! (... and ask for Isaak as your Guide !!!)
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Crocodile Bushcamp review
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Crocodile Bushcamp review
After an interesting morning of walking led by the immensely knowledgable Isaac Zulu, ably supported by Park Ranger Alex and stalwart tea bearer Brighton, we arrived at Crocodile Camp. Here we found the same impeccable standards we encountered at Tafika.
Delightful, friendly staff, superb meals and excellent beds. How do they do it?!
Isaac was a mine of information, and with his tongue in cheek humour and wealth of (possibly tall?) tales we learned so much in our time in the bush.
It's worth noting that the terrain between the camps is criss-crossed with deep fissures in places. We wore walking shoes but something with a bit of ankle support might be preferable
Crocodile Bushcamp review
See previous comments on Chikoko for our overall comments of walking the Chikoko walking trail, which was brilliant.
Of the two camps we preferred the accommodation and location of Crocodile slightly more. Sitting watching a herd of elephants surrounding the camp to feast on the ebony fruits was one of the highlights of our holiday.
With hindsight we might have spent 2 nights at Crocodile and 1 at Chikoko instead of the other way around. Better still would have been 2 days at each!