Located just outside the gates into South Luangwa National Park, Flatdogs Camp was once famous for being an excellent backpackers option and a really low cost way of visiting the area. It has certainly retained its desire to offer a great value and affordable safari, but it has increased its standards considerably and is now a very comfortable safari camp that appeals to many different types of traveller.
Our view of Flatdogs Camp
We have visited Flatdogs many times over the years, but were particularly impressed by our most recent visit. The guiding was very good, the service was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was pleasantly relaxed. For a lower cost safari option, Flatdogs is excellent.
However note that the camp is large by South Luangwa's standards, outside the park, and guests are not 'hosted' here. It assumes that guests have a high level of independence and so it's not for everyone. Those looking for a more social, small-camp experience should look towards many of the other great options in the area.
We find best suits those who want to extend their safari, whilst keeping costs down. Then we often suggest combining Flatdogs with one of the park's smaller camps, as the combination can offer great value. In such a trip, we'd always strongly recommend staying at Flatdogs at the start of such trip, not at the end.
Flatdogs Camp: Traveller ratings
Flatdogs Camp is situated just outside the gates of the South Luangwa National Park