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Flatdogs

Tucked away just before the park entrance gate, Flatdogs is a wonderfully affordable and super chilled option to explore this stunning part of Zambia. It's managed to move away from being a backpackers camp, now closing off the campsite, so we'd call it a luxury backpackers with the option to stay in one of the camp's permanent tents on the river with everything you need. They also have the option to stay in their comfortable chalets, ideal for families and couples. We think this camp is a winner, with superb river views, it's super relaxed, feeding times are flexible and you can do as much or as little as you want.

Flatdogs - The Details


Flatdogs is the closest camp outside the main gate of the South Luangwa National Park, one of the finest safari destinations in Africa. The camp is fairly large,but nicely spread out so there is no feeling of over crowding and you will be really well looked after.

Eleven luxury and standard en suite safari tents sit along the Luangwa River, with open air bathrooms, hot showers and flush toilets. Some have stunning river views, others give you views of the bush straight from your tent. They are spacious and comfortable, all running on mains electricity. Some tents do not that mosquito nets over the beds, but have gauze windows. Note that the tents also don't have fans. 

There is also the option to go for one of the six cool, stone chalets. Built of three structures, these upstairs-downstairs chalets are ideal for young families or friends travelling together. There are also options for couple travelling alone and wish to be private. The really special spot is the Jackalberry Tree House set a bit away from main camp, so you can have complete privacy. It's raised 8ft off the ground with views boasting huge teams of giraffe, elephants and hippo passing through. It's lovely and open, a bit of a bush camp feel but with your own private dining and feeling of wilderness.

The main area is buzzing with atmosphere, with plenty of seating options, inside or out, you can order from the generous choice of menu at most times of the day. Or prop up the bar with the well stocked supply of drinks and cocktails.

Game drives are offered from Fladogs; both day and night, and the guiding is of a really high standard as well. If you'd like to have a go at walking safaris then just talk to the management team and they will sort it out for you.

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Guide price: $300 per person


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Flatdogs - Reviews

Had deliberately chosen Flat Dogs as something a bit different from Old Mondoro & Tafika primarily because wasn’t sure how the girls would find the camps. Thought they might want something a bit larger with the chance of more company plus the pool. Whilst they certainly enjoyed the pool at Flat Dogs they much preferred the seclusion/exclusivity of the smaller camps. Tree House was a great location with some great viewings of elephants & giraffe in particular. However, the fact the tree was fruiting inevitably attracted vervet monkeys & baboons & we had a few interesting encounters with them! Alice also experienced a close encounter with 1 of the vervet monkeys when it leapt on to our table & stole her food at lunchtime. The staff were great & ensured she was ok & replaced her food.

dn’t fault the camp or levels of service but the volume of vehicles in that area probably lets it down. We had some great sightings particularly wild dog, my favourite, but within minutes the vehicles start to queue. I do think that some guides develop their skill in spotting other vehicles rather than game! I guess it is a classic case of what you pay is what you get.

We enjoyed it but were ready to move on.
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