Flatdogs Camp

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Mfuwe, South Luangwa, Zambia
www.flatdogscamp.com - +260 21646038

Flatdogs Camp South Luangwa Reviews

sarahsan sarahsan
403 reviews
A great place for your African safari Sep 15, 2009
Flatdogs Camp, Flatdog is a local nickname for the crocodile, is located in Africas most beautiful National Park called South Luangwa in Zambia. The animal density here is just amazing.

South Luangwa National Park is not ideal safari destination for a budged traveler or a backpacker, but Flatdogs is a good choice. It is 5 minutes outside the park. Just from not staying inside the park itself you will at Flatdogs pay USD 200 (chalet accommodation with meals and safaries included) instead of the USD 400-700 you will have to pay inside the park. Staying inside the park doesn´t mean that you can start your game drives earlier or stay out longer then those staying outside the park. So why pay the extra?

Flatdogs Camp is run by a friendly, professional and very service minded South African couple. The atmosphere is very warm and you feel very welcome. Their safari staff is also very professional and unbelievably knowledgeable. We sure put them to a test with all our questions, but they always had an answere. With their little library of bird and animal books we could easily check their answeres.

Flatdogs camp offers different types of accommodation such as chalets, luxury tents, basic tents and a camp ground. The chalets are also equiped for self catering. We stayed in a beautiful chalet. The only negative thing is that there are only fans in the bedrooms and no AC. When the temperature reaches 40C/F it makes it a bit difficult to sleep and it would have been nice with AC. Prices depend on the type of accommodation and what you want to have included (meals, walking safaris, morning safries, night safaries etc).

The à la carte restaurant serves excelent meals, incl vegetarian food, throughout the day. Other facilities are the ”Dog & Gat” Bar, a game room with satellite TV and wireless internet, a swimming pool and a small shop. There are also several BBQs on the camp ground. We used the BBQ one night and it was lovely enjoying a meal outside while listening to all the animal sounds. Just watch your food cause the Vervet monkeys are everywhere.

Since the animals are walking free and there is no fence around the park you have to pay attention when you walk around the camp ground. Elephants, hippos and giraffes are frequent guests at the camp. After dark you have to wait for one of the guards to walk you from your accommodation to the bar/restaurant and back. How exotic isn´t that?

Flatdogs is a wonderful place and South Luangwa National Park offers the best safaries I have ever done in Africa. I would love to go back for more game drives.
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sarahsan says:
Thanks Jeremy! It was a wonderful place! Would love to go back!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2010
vulindlela says:
Great review!
I'd love a stay there...
Posted on: Jan 04, 2010
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polvandenwirre polvande…
112 reviews
Gateway to South Luangwa Oct 28, 2008
The Flatdogs campsite is unique. It is situated very near the main gate of the very interesting South Luangwa National Park right on the border of the Luangwa river. The river is full of crocodiles and hippo's. You can hear the hippo's 24 hours aday as if they are just next to your tent. And indeed, in the evening the hippo's leave the river and walk between the tents. So, if it's dark you better watch out, for a surprising hippo encounter is definitely killing. Luckily there are some guards with lamps to accompany you at the campsite. For the less deardevils there are possibilities to put up your tent high up the trees.

The bar and restaurant are very nice, there's a souvenir shop and a small swimming pool (croc free). During day time I was surprised, that my path was blocked by 4 elephants near the bar. Luckily they left me some rum and coke....
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