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.
Our family of 4 spent 3 nights here in the luxury of the Crocs Nest. We had a wonderful guide who worked tirelessly to show us all the rich game life on offer at South Luangwa. As well as day drives and walking we also did night drives accompanied by an equally excellent spotter guide who with his expert eyes (and a very powerful torch) even spotted a small chameleon on a leaf which of course was heavily disguised…as a leaf! The Crocs Nest really offers the best of both worlds as you have your own terrace and pool (with elephants and baboons regularly visiting!) and the staff will deliver your meals to you (making 3 separate visits for a 3 course meal!) but you also have the option of eating at the restaurant and using the shared pool - complete with a slide - if you feel sociable. The camp is so well managed by the owners and the other managers , in fact all the staff were fantastic. We liked the fact that the lodge is very community-minded and does a great deal to put resources back to the local people. The food is fantastic - you can eat what you want and when - but be warned the portions are huge! It is true that the park is quite busy with vehicles in the section near the gate. However the guides will go to a quiet area if you prefer this and it really wasn’t a problem for us.