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Prepare your trip to Croc Valley

    

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Enjoy carefree Holidays in South Luangwa

Preparation and packing for any holiday is important but never more so than when you visit remote areas in a country like Zambia. To enjoy carefree holidays in one of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife areas, we suggest to do a bit of pre-research on useful information and advice about your trip and holiday destination. Flights, transport,vaccinations, visas, passports, packing ….all that can be a bit overwhelming when traveling overseas, but planning ahead and taking care of the essential tasks will certainly help to achieve a smooth, headache free trip and relaxed, well-deserved holidays in South Luangwa.

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 What to pack 

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When going on holiday to South Luangwa, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of what items you may want to pack so you have a travel checklist. Once on safari you will find it very hard to pick up that odd item you thought your partner had packed 🙂 Below you can download our Croc Valley Packing List, which is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s designed to point you in the right direction.

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Croc Valley_Packing List

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Please note:

Proflight has a 15kgs checked baggage limit with 5kgs for hand luggage (A surcharge has to be paid for extra kg’s)

All camps have a daily laundry service, so you don’t need to bring too many clothes

 How to get to Mfuwe

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By plane

The Mfuwe Airport has been upgraded with an all-weather bitumen runway and is conveniently situated for tourists visiting Croc Valley Camp and the South Luangwa National Park. Proflight Zambia operates domestic flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe and also connects Lusaka to Livingstone, Lilongwe and Durban. The flights are scheduled to line up with the various international arrivals and departures, flights from Lusaka to Mfuwe run daily in high season, during green season the number of flights are reduced.

Croc Valley Camp is a booking agent for the Proflight Airline and we are more than happy to assist you with bookings, schedules and last-minute specials to Mfuwe. We also arrange airport transfers to the Camp, which take about 25 minutes one-way on road.

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By bus

From Lusaka, Jonda Bus operates a direct connection to Mfuwe (via Chipata), which leaves daily at 05:00 AM from the Lusaka Intercity Bus Terminal and arrives in Mfuwe at around 17:00 PM in the afternoon. Bus Tickets are sold directly at the Bus Stations in Lusaka and Mfuwe.

Jonda Bus Phone Number: 0965451224

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If you come from Chipata, you can also take the Green Bus from Chipata DownTown Station leaving to Mfuwe daily at 14:00 in the afternoon.

Green Bus Phone Number: 0977859357

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From Lilongwe in Malawi, you can use either public transport, hire a taxi or organise a private charter with Ulendo Airline.

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Please feel free to contact Croc Valley Camp if you need any further assistance or information about booking transport to Mfuwe. We will be pleased to help you!

Once in Mfuwe, give us a call and we will pick you up. It’s only a 5-minutes drive to the Camp.

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By Car

Mfuwe is situated about 1 ½ hours by car from Chipata (125 km), from where it is another 2-3 hours drive to Lilongwe and 7-8 hours to Lusaka. You can access Mfuwe by road all year round, as the roads are tarred and in good condition, providing a smooth travel. Please do not drive at night in Zambia, as it can be very unsafe due to the high number of vehicles and bicycles with no lights as well as unfenced animals roaming the area.

If you are planning on doing a self-drive Safari in the South Luangwa National Park, we strongly recommend the use of 4×4 vehicles.

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Directions to Croc Valley 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, just after you exit Chipata town turn right towards Lundazi, just past the Puma Service Station the only tar road, or if coming from Lusaka, it is a left turn just before enter Chipata town).

Follow the road for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours (about 140 km); keep following signs to South Luangwa National Park. The road is all tarmac. When you reach the tarmac junction at the ZESCO (Power Station), the airport is to the left, you must turn right to come to Croc Valley Camp. Follow the tar road for about 20 minutes going past the Oasis fuel station, go straight past the Tarred Road that goes left for another couple meters on your right hand side you will see a big sign for Croc Valley Camp, turn right there, we are on the same road as Marula and Track & Trail, follow the dirt road, another 2 signs will indicate our camp, turn right and just follow the track as it will lead you straight into our camp.

 Food supplies and Fuel

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Groceries and personal supplies

If you are planning to self-cater or camp at Croc Valley, make sure to bring food and other necessary supplies with you. In Mfuwe village itself you will only find basic groceries, so we would suggest to go shopping in Chipata (or other bigger cities like Lusaka) for the duration of your stay in the Valley. In Chipata there is a Shoprite supermarket, Barclays and Zambian Banks, Pharmacies and all manner of other good suppliers that you can stock up on for your holidays. At Croc Valley Camp, we provide a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, but you are also most welcome to order snacks and full-course meals at our riverside bar.

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Fuel

There is an OASIS 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.

 Payment

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In Mfuwe, you will be able to withdraw money either from the ZANACO ATM in the village or at the Mfuwe International Airport (Zanaco and Barclays ATM). You can also exchange money in cash at the airport.

Croc Valley Camp accepts Zambian Kwacha, US $, South African Rand, Euro, Pounds as well as all major Credit Cards (But please make note that we charge 5 % surcharge on Credit Card payments). Paments can also be done by direct transfer or through 3G Direct Pay.

 Medical Aid

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If you are traveling out of your home country, having a quality medical coverage is strongly recommended. Health care treatment abroad is often very expensive, therefore make sure to have a Travel Medical Insurance that will protect you in the event of an unjury or illness.

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The Luangwa Safari Association sponsors a foreign doctor here in the Luangwa Valley so should you require any medical assistance please just let us know. There is a US $ 200 call out charge. The nearest hospital to Croc Valley is the Kamoto Mission Hospital situated about 50 minutes away from Croc Valley.

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Please make sure that we are aware of any numbers that may be necessary to call in an emergency, add them to the check in register when you fill it in at the bar. Many medical insurance companies require to be telephoned prior to any treatment or evacuation.

 What to know about Malaria

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Croc Valley is situated in South Luangwa, which is a Malaria-prone region. It is therefore of great importance to inform yourself about the disease and the ways of prevention.

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Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite, which is spread by infected female Anopheles mosquitos. It is a major cause of death worldwide, but mostly a problem in developing countries with warm climates.

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Transmission

People get malaria by being bitten by an infective female mosquito. This happens usually after dark. Only females mosquitoes can transmit malaria and they must have been infected  through a previous blood meal taken on an infected person. When a mosquito bites an infected person , a small amount of blood is taken in which contains microscopic malaria parasites.

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Symptoms

Malaria normally manifests itself after 10 days being bitten by an infective mosquito. Malaria symptoms include chills, flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, sore joins, diarrhea and jaundice. The disease can be life threatening. However, you can treat malaria with medicine. The type of medicine depends on which kind of malaria you have and where you were infected.

Malaria symptoms may only develop after leaving the malaria area, reducing the chances of malaria being diagnosed. It is therefore very important that anyone experiencing any malaria or flu-like symptoms after having been in a malaria region seeks help from a medical doctor immediately and be sure to tell them that you have been in a malaria area.

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Prevention

Malaria can be prevented when traveling to malaria-prone regions.

Remember Prevention is always better than Cure.

See your doctor for prophylaxis before you leave, as world trends and treatment changes. Please follow and listen to a trained professional.

Wear insect repellant

Sleep under a mosquito net.

Make sure you body extremities do not touch the net at night or spray them before going to sleep.

Wear long sleeve shirts and long trousers at night and spray your exposed body parts with repellant

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Myths about Malaria

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Myth 1:  Some malaria cannot be treated.

Fact:  If identified early and treated appropriately, almost all malaria can be completely cured. However, even short delays in the diagnosis of malaria can make treatment more difficult and less successful.

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Myth 2:  There is only a limited period in which one can take prophylaxis safely.

Fact:  There is no absolute time limit on how long one can take any anti malaria prophylactic drug. The small numbers of individuals who will experience significant side effects from anti malaria drugs usually do so within the first few weeks of use. Many mild side effects decrease with continued use of prophylaxis.

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Myth 3:  I’m only going to be in a malarious area for a couple of days, so I don’t need to bother taking precautions.

Fact: It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito. So even if you are in a malarious area for a short period of time, you need to take advise from a healthcare professional and follow their recommendations.

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Please note: It is very important that if you are taking prophylaxis that you complete your course after you get home as directed by the health official, because you may get malaria if you do not complete the course.

Visas for Zambia

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If you are citizen of a country that is obliged to apply for a visa, then you have to obtain a Tourist Visa either at the port of entry or at a Zambian Embassy abroad. The cost for most foreign nationals (Including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries) is US $ 50 per person for single entry as well as US $ 80 for Double Entry. If you buy a visa at the port of entry into Zambia (e.g. at the Airport), the Visa Fee has to be paid cash in US $. The visa will be issued for a duration of 30-90 days.

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Not sure if you need a Visa? Check here for more detailed Visa information

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